UAA | Rahab Kiruku, ’06

Rahab Kiruku works as a registered nurse at Providence Alaska Medical Center, helping patients make the transition from day surgery back to their lives. Rahab earned her nursing science degree eight years ago, yet still has all the letters UAA sent to congratulate her on scholarships she won. “I still think about it, how people are so generous,” said Rahab, an international student who traveled from Kiambu, Kenya, in December 2002 to attend UAA. “I applied for a lot of scholarships and felt thankful whenever I got one. Scholarships made a big difference in my life. Without scholarships, I would have had to go back home.” ‘You have to get money somehow’ Health care has long fascinated Rahab. “I think the human body is very intricate and interesting and I wanted to know how it functioned,” she said. “I also liked the aspect of caring for someone, helping them feel safe and better because...

UAA | Micah Chelimo, ’14

Micah Chelimo first drew breath 5,584 feet above sea level, in a village nestled between fields of red earth and velvety- green escarpments in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. Now, 8,290 miles from his birthplace, Micah (pronounced MEE-kah) has successfully concluded his quest for a UAA bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Micah’s passion for using engineering to help others, his talent for running and a full athletic scholarship propelled him to that degree, and Micah achieved lofty goals. He won medals and demolished records just about every time he competed on a track or trail, and earned four national championships during his career at UAA. He also earned accolades for his academic achievements. “I like telling people UAA’s my home,” Micah said. “Because of my scholarship, I had no problem while I was a student—my books got paid for, tuition, even board. I finished school without...

UAS | Kristin Brown, ’13

For many college students, achieving a Bachelor’s Degree is the main goal while enrolled. Kristin Brown has her bar set much higher. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she came to Juneau not only to acquire her Bachelor’s in Marine Biology at the University of Alaska Southeast, but is currently in pursuit of her Master’s in Fisheries and Ocean Science, spending time doing dolphin research around the world as part of her thesis work. She also finds time to serve as President of the Student Alumni Association. After earning her Master’s Degree, she is setting her sights on a PhD. Her complete dedication and ambition are inspiring, as is her appreciation for those that helped her get this far. “Scholarships truly motivated me to work hard in my classes and for my degree because someone gave me the chance to do so, a chance that I might not have otherwise had. I think scholarships also...