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Golf Classic Benefits Students Like Tiffani Ivey
On June 19 and 20, 2008, Doyon Foundation hosted the eighth annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic, which benefits the Morris Thompson Scholarship Fund. Each year, this fund provides scholarships to hard-working, Alaska Native higher education students – like Tiffani Ivey.

Ivey, who was born in Anchorage and raised in Juneau, currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is studying at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy. After receiving her doctoral degree in pharmacy in May 2009, Ivey plans on working as a community pharmacist.

In addition to being a full-time student, Ivey also works at Walgreens and participates in a wide range of volunteer activities, such as serving meals at a local homeless shelter, administering flu shots, crocheting hats for cancer victims treated at the University of New Mexico Hospital, and tutoring other pharmacy students. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking healthy meals and playing water volleyball.

“Work hard,” Ivey said when asked for her advice to other students. “It might be difficult now, but it will all pay off in the end!”

Ivey said she is grateful for the support she has received from Doyon Foundation and the Morris Thompson Scholarship Fund. She also encourages others to support the Foundation’s efforts.

“Graduate school is incredibly expensive and the money that the Doyon Foundation has given me helps immensely with tuition. I still have to get student loans, but the amount I pay back after I graduate will be less because of their generosity,” she said. “By supporting the Doyon Foundation and the Morris Thompson Scholarship Fund, individuals may help better the lives of other Alaska Natives, and what could be more rewarding?”

Ivey is also very appreciative of the support she receives from her family.

“I am so grateful for the love and support of my family members. I don’t think I would be where I am today, successfully pursuing a doctoral degree at a great university, without them,” said Ivey, who is the daughter of Bernard Ivey and Janice Nuttall, and the granddaughter of Avis Vanderpool Dunkin.