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Doyon Foundation Student Profile: Mick Aney
Doyon Foundation student Mick Aney is one of several wonderful examples of students who are benefitting from the Morris Thompson Scholarship Fund, which is named in honor of the late Morris Thompson, who served as the president/CEO of Doyon, Limited from 1985 until his passing in 2000. Each year, the fund provides scholarships to hard-working, higher education students studying business management and leadership.

“Knowing that the Morris Thompson scholarship is merit-based, I take it as a personal compliment on my achievements in school. Being rewarded with this scholarship fortifies the belief I have in myself that I do have the potential to be successful,” said Aney, a 2007 – 2008 Morris Thompson Committee’s Choice scholarship recipient.

Aney, who is from Moses Lake, Wash., is currently pursuing a degree in accounting from Washington State University. After graduating in May 2010, Aney said he plans to apply for the master’s of accounting program, then sit for the certified public accountant (CPA) exam. Ultimately, he said he would like to work for one of the “big four” accounting firms.

In addition to his schooling, Aney is also involved with the accounting club, plays intramural soccer and flag football, and is in the process of starting his own company, called MoTown Tables.

His education and activities have helped him earn several honors, including the Philip and Steven Cozier Business Scholarship; Future Cougars of Color Scholarship; University Achievement Award; and Academic Achievement/Diversity Award. In addition to these, Aney has also received other awards and scholarships, including support from Doyon Foundation.

“The support I have received from the Doyon Foundation has taken a large load off my shoulders. It is hard enough studying and getting good grades. Not having to stress as much about my finances is a great relief,” Aney said.

When it comes to advice for other students, Aney had a few words to share.

“Get started early. Even when people tell you you’re too young or too inexperienced, keep pushing and make things happen for yourself. Success won’t just happen for everyone – success comes to those who work for it,” said Aney, who is the son of Mark and Viki Aney, and the grandson of Julie and Roger Smith.