Our summer intern: Looking at solutions, not problemsRasmuson Foundation is delighted to announce our 2018 summer intern, Brandon McIntire, who already is giving back to his community. He comes to us through the First Alaskans Institute after completing his first year at Harvard University, where he is studying economics and psychology. He is the only Alaska Native student there and one of few Native Americans.
Alaska tribal college celebrates 20 yearsIlisagvik College in Barrow is unique in Alaska – it's the only tribal college in the state. And this year marks its 20th anniversary of providing vocational and academic education to a diverse student population.
Learning and culture at the top of the world
I bought my first telescope, a Unitron 2.4 inch refractor for about $120 back in the early 1960s. As a struggling college student at Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin, I had to pay it off in twelve installments. It survived the long trip to Barrow in 1985 and has been my basic scope for arctic stargazing ever since.
The crossroads of indigenous knowledge and western science
The first time I went out on the ice during whaling season in Barrow was in the spring of 1973. I’d barely been there for six months and, as a recently transplanted New Yorker, was blissfully ignorant of any danger that didn’t involve derelicts with squeegees.
The People’s Learning Center
Bethel was a great place to be a kid in the 1950s and 1960s. No, we weren’t signed up for ballet or piano lessons or chauffeured to soccer. But we were free to wander through willows looking for robins’ nests. Free to ramble over the tundra picking berries.
Recognition for 90 percent x 2020In Alaska, we no longer want to be thought of as a place that doesn’t value early childhood education, or a place that has about the lowest college completion rate of all 50 states. We want far better than that.
An intern’s perspectiveA social work student pursuing a second career credits his Rasmuson Foundation internship with a 10,000-foot perspective of nonprofit landscape. And, he reveals his two key insights.
A real home with good people
Rasmuson Foundation recently announced a $5 million multi-year investment to the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP). It is one of the largest investments in the Foundation’s history. To get a sense of why this program merits this size of investment, take a look at these testimonials from students who participated in the summer 2013 ANSEP STEM Career Explorations program.