Kimberly Carlo is a busy woman – the Doyon Foundation student works as a housing technician for the Tanana Chiefs Conference, raises her three children, and is attending the Fast-Track training program at UAF’s Tanana Valley Campus, where she is studying safety, health and environmental awareness.
Carlo, 33, admits it’s not easy – but it is possible, especially with the support of her family.
“It’s hard working, going to school and being a mother. But my kids are very supportive,” Carlo said. “I want to be a good, healthy role model for them, and I want them to follow in my footsteps. Anything they want to achieve, I want them to do that.”
Carlo, who is Doyon Foundation’s 2006 – 2007 Natural Resources Vocational $3,000 scholarship recipient, said she also draws financial and personal support from the Foundation.
“I feel privileged and honored to receive a scholarship from Doyon Foundation. Knowing I have the corporation behind me makes me feel good. There are people who believe in you, no matter how old you are or what your circumstances are,” she said.
Originally from Fort Yukon, Carlo moved to Fairbanks in 2000. After receiving an associate’s degree in human services technology from UAF in 2001, Carlo began a series of human services-related jobs, which all ultimately ended due to funding. Carlo will graduate from the Fast-Track program in May, and said she would like to continue her education in the field of safety, health and environmental awareness.
Speaking from experience, Carlo had some words of encouragement for other non-traditional students.
“Whatever situation you are currently in and you want to take classes, it can be done. Even if it is just to take one class, that’s a start,” she said. “Our tribes and corporations have the resources to support us in continuing our education. We just need to take advantage of those opportunities. Stay focused and be determined to accomplish our goals.”
Carlo is the daughter of Karen Carlo of Fort Yukon and Kenny Carlo of Tanana, and the granddaughter of Poldine Carlo of Nulato, and Richard and Eva Carroll of Fort Yukon.