Quarter of a million dollars for Calista scholarships

by Sophie Evan on July 11, 2013

college grad and scholarship recipient Jermain Jackson addresses donors at the 14th annual golf classic

college grad and scholarship recipient Jermain Jackson addresses donors at the 14th annual golf classic

The region’s for profit corporation, Calista, has announced a huge windfall in cash received for educational scholarships, a quarter of a million dollars.

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Two-hundred-fifty-two-thousand-dollars ($252,000), that is how much the Calista Heritage Foundation, or C-H-F, raised during their annual Calista Golf Classic held June 19th in Anchorage. The non-profit subsidiary held it’s fourteenth (14th) annual fundraiser which was hosted by Ariel Tweto, from the popular television show, “Flying Wild Alaska”, and Stephen Qacung (qa-jewng) Blanchett, from the award winning musical group, Pamyua.

In a written statement, foundation President and C-E-O, Rea Bavilla says, “this remarkable achievement is only possible due to the generous participation of businesses and organizations.” She went on to say that, “we are extremely grateful as hundreds of students have earned and continue to earn pilot certification, bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees, vocational training and more.”

More than fifteen-hundred (1500) students have benefited from the C-H-F scholarship program. Since the C-H-F scholarship fund was created in 1994, more than $3-point-2-million dollars in scholarships have been awarded. The top contributors are; Donlin Gold, Key Bank, J.M. Walsh Company, Inc., Andrew Guy, and Conoco Phillips to name just a few.

For KYUK news, I’m Sophie Evan. ###

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