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Dalarie (Peters) Gettings

If it wasn’t for Doyon Foundation’s Morris Thompson competitive scholarship, Dalarie (Peters) Gettings may not have been able to pay her tuition last semester.

“My financial aid was slow coming from my Pell Grant this fall and if it wasn't for my Doyon scholarship, I may not have had my tuition covered in time. My scholarship was sincerely appreciated,” said Gettings, who is attending Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Wash.

Gettings is one of five Morris Thompson competitive scholarship recipients in 2010 – 2011. Each year, Doyon Foundation awards Morris Thompson scholarships to hard working, Alaska Native, higher education students studying business management and leadership.

Gettings expects to graduate in June 2011 with an associate’s transfer degree. After that, her goal is to get accepted into the Health Care Leadership Program at the University of Washington Tacoma. Ultimately, Gettings would like to work in a leadership position for the Indian Health Service – “and, of course, like any Native gal, I want to buy a nice boat.”

In addition to being a student, Gettings is also the mother of a “lively 6 year old,” who keeps her busy with Girl Scouts and school activities. Gettings is also becoming more involved in the Native American Student Union, in an effort to “reach out and learn more from the Natives down here.”

Gettings said that finances have been the toughest challenge she’s faced as a student. “I scrimped and saved, and learned to budget more, especially in this tough economic time down here in the lower 48,” she said.

Her words of advice for other students? “Own your actions, because they speak much louder than words. Lead by example,” said Gettings, who is originally from Bethel, Alaska. She is the daughter of Carol Ann Peters, of Tanana and Bethel, Alaska, and the granddaughter of Catherine Peters, of Holy Cross, Alaska.