Jim first came to Alaska in the summer of 1969 to work at a salmon cannery and quickly fell in love with the state, returning the following year to enroll at UAF. While living in Moore Hall and working at the Rasmuson Library, he took a wide range of classes, met people from all over the globe and experienced a completely different climate and way of life. In 1973, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
“Afterward, I was immediately hired with Amoco Corporation, largely due to my UAF education, and lived in Alaska for an additional 15 years. I now, more than ever, appreciate the value of attending UAF and I feel that it’s important for alumni like you and me to give back.”
“For nearly 40 years, I had very minimal involvement with UAF — I was a sporadic donor, giving to both UAF and the Alumni Association. In 2013, I decided I wanted to commit to a more substantial project and created the Green Island Scholarship to help support students”
“My sincere hope is to strengthen the circle of giving and inspire students to give back after graduation.”
Cassidy Brewer is a first-year business major at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a Green Island Scholarship recipient and a phonathon caller. The phonathon is a student calling program that connects current students to UAF alumni and friends, raises support for the university and builds lifelong relationships.
“UAF has helped me to shape my goals and given me the support to achieve them. I have been provided amazing opportunities at UAF — top-notch business classes and professors and the chance to play volleyball at the collegiate level, along with the financial help that allows me to focus on my studies and worry less about how I am going to pay for my education. Receiving a scholarship has had a powerful impact on my life and my experience as a student at UAF.”
“I am grateful for donors like Mr. Pruitt. Thank you. When you give, you inspire students to achieve what they didn’t know they could.”
Story courtesy of UAF