Doyon Foundation student Sigourney Walker is one of 1,000 students
from across the country to be selected for the prestigious
Gates Millennium Scholars award for 2008 – 2009.
Doyon Foundation student Sigourney Walker recently became one of 1,000 students
from across the entire country to be selected for the 2008 – 2009 Gates Millennium
Scholars (GMS) award, a prestigious award given to outstanding, low-income, minority
The GMS program is much more than just a scholarship – the program offers funding
for undergraduate degrees in any discipline; renewable awards for maintaining satisfactory
academic progress; graduate school funding in the areas of education, engineering,
library science, mathematics, public health and sciences; and leadership development
“Essentially, being a Gates Scholar means you are funded through your bachelor’s
degree and even graduate school. It is an amazing opportunity to continue my education
without facing significant financial barriers,” said Walker, who is the daughter of Hugh and Susan
, and the granddaughter of Irene and the late James Walker from Holy Cross, and
Betty and Mike Meyers from
Walker, a 2007 graduate
, is currently attending the
University of Alaska Fairbanks
, where she is pursuing a degree in biochemistry. After graduating in 2011,
said she hopes to go on to medical or graduate school.
“I’d love to work in a hospital one day. There are many wonderful opportunities
and many professions to choose from in that arena,” she said.
In addition to her studies,
also plays the harp, participates in the UAF Leadership Program, and is part of
a student-led TV production called “Diversity Matters,” which airs every Saturday
at 2:30 p.m. on Channel 7 in
. During high school,
participated in band and gymnastics and took AP classes – experiences that helped
her through the GMS award’s extensive application process, which called for numerous
essays and letters of recommendation.
“Take your time,”
advised other students interested in applying for GMS. “Filling out the form online
is nice because you can save it and return periodically to add and edit. For your
letters, find people who are well-acquainted with your skills and abilities. Most
of all, let your application reflect yourself and how proud you are of your accomplishments!”
In addition to the GMS award,
is also a Doyon Foundation 2007 – 2008 competitive scholarship recipient.
“The Foundation encourages
students and helps them achieve their academic and vocational dreams. I think it
is very important for Alaska Native students to have a bridge to join their cultural
roots and educational goals together,” she said. “Knowing that the
corporation believes in me and supports my education goals feels great!”
For more information on the Gates Millennium Scholars award, including application
information for 2009 – 2010, visit www.gmsp.org.