Celebrating a century: 1917-2017

Centennial initiatives

centennial logoUAF is 100 years old! Here are some exciting opportunities commemorating the first century of our Nanook Nation. Be sure to visit our centennial home page for information on events and activities celebrating our history as we look to the future.

About the centennial initiatives 

As the University of Alaska Fairbanks turns 100, the chancellor has launched three major fundraising initiatives in addition to a host of existing donor-centric funding opportunities. The initiatives will help enhance the institution and ensure it is equipped to provide students with a world-class education during the coming century, while donor-centric funding options address a host of specific needs within UAF colleges, schools and research units.


Smiling UAF graduate at commencement

Centennial scholarships and fellowships

The immense generosity of UAF’s many supporters was recently demonstrated through the Centennial Scholarship and Fellowship Initiative, which raised funds to help alleviate the financial burden for our students. Thanks to the commitment of the initiative’s planning committee and our generous donors, nearly $9 million has been raised in scholarships and fellowships. This initiative has almost doubled scholarship and fellowship support for UAF students. This is remarkable, and we are grateful!

Although the formal Scholarship and Fellowship Initiative is coming to an end, the need for scholarships and fellowships will continue at UAF. We invite you to continue to advocate for UAF's students and mission. For more information on how you can make a gift, please visit: www.uaf.edu/giving/ways/how/

See how your generosity is making an impact on our students!

Dancer from Troth Yeddha dance group

Troth Yeddha'

To honor Alaska’s first peoples and strengthen the bridge between their cultures and higher education, we will develop the Troth Yeddha’ Park and an indigenous studies center. As a statewide academic center with close connections to other UAF institutes, the Troth Yeddha’ facilities will be distinct from other establishments that celebrate specific Alaska Native cultures. The Troth Yeddha’ Legacy initiative builds on UAF’s decades-long history of service to rural and Native students through entities such as the Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development and the tribal management and Native arts programs. This article, published in First Alaskans, offers a background on this initiative.

Visit the Troth Yeddha' website

Alaska Center for Energy and Power

The work of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power affects every Alaskan because energy affects us all. The leading center works with partners to develop and showcase practical, cost-effective and innovative energy solutions. The center has outgrown its facilities and needs a new, permanent home. The fourth floor of our new engineering facility will be dedicated to the Alaska Center for Energy and Power. There, new, innovative labs and workspace will equip researchers and students to fulfill real-world energy needs.

Learn more about the ACEP initiative 

Graduate chemistry student Nicole Knight in the lab with assistant professor Sarah Hayes

Donor-centric opportunities

Beyond the chancellor’s fundraising initiatives, there are additional opportunities to fulfill the goals of UAF’s many, varied donors. Staff from the Office of UAF Development and Alumni Relations are ready to present options that match donor affinity. Support for the University of Alaska Museum of the North, UAF Athletics, the Elmer E. Rasmuson and Biosciences Libraries, as well as the individual schools, colleges and research institutes on campus provide options for donors to consider.

Learn more about donor-centric opportunities

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