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INSPIRING STORIES

Jim Pruitt
Jim Pruitt in his Moore Hall dorm room, 1973
Dear Friend,
I first came to Alaska in the summer of 1969 to work at a salmon cannery and quickly fell in love
with the state, returning the following year to enroll at UAF. While living in Moore Hall and
working at the Rasmuson Library, I took a wide range of classes, met people from all over the
globe and experienced a completely different climate and way of life. In 1973, I graduated with a
bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Afterward,
I was immediately hired with Amoco Corporation, largely due to my UAF education, and lived
in Alaska for an additional 15 years. I now, more than ever, appreciate the value of attending
UAF and I feel that it’s important for alumni like you and me to give back.
 
For nearly 40 years, I had very minimal involvement with UAF — I was a sporadic donor, giving to both UAF and the Alumni Association. In 2013, I decided I wanted to commit to a more substantial project and created the Green Island Scholarship to help support students. Creating a scholarship is only one way to make an impact — donations of all sizes from donors like you help to fund great programs and research and to support students.
 
My sincere hope is to strengthen the circle of giving and inspire students to give back after graduation. You can help to motivate the next generation of alumni — please continue your support of UAF by joining me and making a gift today.
 
Regards,
Jim Pruitt, ’73 | Founder, Green Island Scholarship

Cassidy Brewer in her Nerland dorm room, 2014

Dear Friend,
I am a first-year business major at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a Green Island Scholarship
recipient and a phonathon caller. The phonathon is a student calling program that connects current students to UAF alumni and friends, raises support for the university and builds lifelong relationships.

UAF has helped me to shape my goals and given me the support to achieve them. I have been provided amazing opportunities at UAF — top-notch business classes and professors and the chance to play volleyball at the collegiate level, along with the financial help that allows me to focus on my studies and worry less about how I am going to pay for my education. Receiving a scholarship has had a powerful impact on my life and my experience as a student at UAF.

I am grateful for donors like you and Mr. Pruitt. Thank you. When you give, you inspire students to achieve what they didn’t know they could. Please consider a gift to UAF to make experiences like mine available to other students.
 
Cassidy Brewer, ’18
P.S. Thank you for your generous support of UAF! Please renew your gift today to support students like me.

Corporate and foundation giving

Marisa Sharrah (pictured above), public affairs officer with Flint Hills Resources, visits with students attending the Alaska Summer Research Academy in the Reichardt Building on the Fairbanks campus. ASRA offers engaging and in-depth experiences in science and engineering to youth from middle school through high school. The Alaska Summer Research Academy promotes creativity and intellectual curiosity through hands-on, open-ended experiences in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Flint Hills Resources has been a longtime supporter of the program along with their support of other areas at UAF.

Recently, Flint Hills renewed its support of UAF with a gift of $110,000. The School of Management, the Alaska Summer Research Academy and the Athletic Department will each receive $20,000. The CTC process technology program and the College of Engineering and Mines will receive $25,000 each. Flint Hills Resources Alaska has been a steadfast partner with UAF for many years. This new gift is above and beyond their $25,000 donation in support of the UA Museum of the North. 

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