With the topic of energy weighing heavily on everyone’s minds, it is a relief to know there are students like Arthur Stevens who are already thinking and planning for the future.
Stevens, the recipient of a $2,000 science competitive scholarship from Doyon Foundation, is currently studying mechanical engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage. After graduating in 2012, Stevens said he hopes to “work for an engineering company that intends to better Alaska by finding alternative energy sources for our villages.”
Stevens, who was born and raised in Fairbanks, is currently employed by CH2M HILL, an engineering, consulting, construction and operations corporation. Although he said work and studying take up most of his time, he also enjoys weightlifting, reading and spending time with his family.
“I would like to thank my fiancé, Kate, and my sister and brother, who have always been there for me and given me hope when I felt there was none,” he said.
In addition, to support from his family, Stevens is also appreciative of the support from Doyon Foundation.
“Without the help of my corporation, my education would not be possible. With the help that I have received, I can continue to further my education and set a good example for my people,” he said. “Doyon Foundation needs support from businesses and individuals so that future students and leaders are able to achieve their goals. By supporting Doyon Foundation, it will continue to strive and produce success.”
When it comes to student success, Stevens said the most valuable piece of advice he has received is to “never think about just the money when going for higher education. Think about what it is you like to do, what will make you happy, and what you can do for others.”
Stevens took this advice to heart when deciding to pursue a mechanical engineering degree.
“I chose this career field because math is my favorite subject, and I am interested in how things work in a mechanical sense and how I can make them work better,” said Stevens, who is the great-grandson of Katie John, and the late Arthur and Sophie Stevens; the grandson of Ruth Hicks and the late Pete Ewan, and the late Silas and Mary Ann Stevens; and the son of Walter and Alice Stevens.