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Doyon Foundation Alumnus Profile: Aaron Peters

One of the things we at the Doyon Foundation enjoy most is hearing from our alumni. So we were extremely pleased to hear from Foundation alumnus Aaron Peters earlier this year.

Aaron, who is originally from Ruby, Alaska, is now living in Surprise, Ariz., where he’s working as an HIV case manager with the Phoenix Indian Medical Center – Center of Excellence program.

Aaron was prepared for his career at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing science in 2008.

“While I was attending college, full time, I was the sole contributor to my finances. Doyon Foundation provided much-needed scholarship funds to assist in the high cost of tuition, books and living expenses. It was a great relief to be able to focus on studies and not worry about finances,” he says. “Doyon Foundation has contributed to the successful completion of my degree program, and I will forever be thankful for their generosity.”

Getting his degree wasn’t always easy, and Aaron shared about some of the challenges he faced along the way.

“For a person who grew up in the village, the biggest challenge was having to complete one academic year of prerequisites before I could actually take classes that counted toward my degree. In regard to college preparedness, there was no preparation at the high school level,” he says.

“Prioritizing time between socializing, work schedule, classes and studying can be tough, especially when it comes to making time for studying,” he adds.

But despite the challenges, Aaron reached his goal. In fact, he eventually hopes to go on to attain a graduate degree in the psychology/medical field.

“Obtaining a college degree is not as challenging when you are prepared (financially and academically), and ensuring that you are committed to make a lot of time for studying. Researching and applying for scholarships is very important. Surrounding yourself with other students who make studying a priority is very important,” advises Aaron, who is the son of Mary “Peggy” Peters, and grandson of Paul Peters and Mary Pitka Peters, all of Ruby, Alaska.

Aaron, all of us at the Foundation are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

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