Congratulation to Art Jess Scholarship Recipients!

Founded in 2018 in honor of Art Jess, this Native scholarship is available to Alaska residents, with preference given to Chilkat Valley residents, local tribal members, post-secondary students, and past recipients. This is CVCF’s only fund that may be spent outside of the Chilkat Valley. This year we had 44 applications and awarded a total of $8,500 to six students.

Congratulations to past recipient Ashley Williamson, who was Fort Lewis College’s 2024 Cheryl Carson Outstanding Psychology Student, an award given to the department’s top student! Ashley, a 4-time Art Jess Scholarship recipient, graduated this May with a Psychology major, Sociology minor, and a Gerontology certificate. We are proud of her success!

Ashley Williamson
Aubrey Katzeek (Cook)

Aubrey Katzeek (Cook), our only Chilkat Valley applicant this year, received $2,000 towards her BA in Elementary Education at UAS, and hopes to return home to teach after graduation. From Fairbanks/Galena, Sydney Dieringer received $1,500; Seward resident Shelby Sieminski received $1,500; Aniak’s Richard Murphy was awarded $1,500; Juneau/Hoonah’s Carlynn Casperson received $1,000; and King Cove’s Carter Uttecht received $1,000. All students plan to return to Alaska to work in the future.