Gifts at work
In a year with unprecedented challenges, your generosity made more of a difference than ever. Your gift gave the UAF community access to the education, opportunities and tools to not only adapt but also thrive. Thank you for being there when we needed you the most and for inspiring those of us at UAF.
Total Giving: $14,789,704.79*
*This data includes around $3.8 million in pledged gifts
$1,800,000 in scholarships were awarded
to 884 students
I came to UAF to specifically work in Alaska and in the Alaskan Arctic, as I think
this is where we need the most scientific research in order to address and understand
our changing oceans in the face of climate change. I just want to say thank you to
the UAF scholarship donors and committees. I've been able to publish one paper in
the past year, and I'm currently finishing up my Ph.D. in the Marine Biology Department.
These scholarships have made a huge difference.
— Lauren Sutton, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences student
College and School Support
This year provided many challenges and opportunities for UAF Athletics after a year
without event competition. From no season to three-week road trips and pandemic protocol,
it was arguably one of the toughest schedules in NCAA sports. A special thanks to
Chancellor White, UAF administration, and our coaches and staff for their leadership
and vision. The ability to innovate, adapt, recruit and develop student athletes was
above and beyond. An even bigger thank you to our donors who continued their unwavering
support of Nanook Athletics and helped achieve one of the most successful years in
UAF Athletics history. Without you, none of this is possible.
— Brock Anundson, Athletics Director
Men’s basketball went into Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship as a No. 10 seed. With three games in four days, the ’Nooks knocked off No. 1-ranked CSU-San Marcos and No. 5 Azusa Pacific before falling to No. 3 Chico State in the championship game. This was only their second-ever trip to the Sweet 16 and arguably the most historic run by a UAF or GNAC team.
Women’s basketball grabbed their first-ever win against Simon Fraser, pulling out a tight 80-78 victory.
Cross-country defeated UAA in back-to-back weeks for the first time in program history.
Key achievements: A weekend home sweep of St. Thomas in February; three home wins versus Rensselaer Polytechnic in December; an October home win against No. 20-ranked Clarkson; a 3-0-1 series against Arizona State in February, both away and at home; a win vs. No. 4 Minnesota on the road in January; and a tie against eventual national champion Denver, away in January.
Additionally, the team got ESPN top 10 coverage from the Minnesota road win.
The team scored two 600s – only the second- and third-ever at UAF.
In the NCAA championships, the team won bronze for its aggregate score and silvers in smallbore and air rifle.
The team got five All-American accolades and three NCAA titles – Shooter of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Coach of the Year.
In March 2022, the men cross-country skiers earned the second-highest score in the NCAA skiing championship's Nordic events, and the women took home the fifth-highest Nordic score. The team's overall finish, at seventh, was UAF's best ever and the highest placement among schools with no Alpine skiers entered.
Women’s Swimming started 5-0, best start in program history.
Women’s volleyball went 18-12, arguably the best season in program history.
In the spring semester we held a successful in person First-Generation Baccalaureate Cording Ceremony for those who were the first in their family to achieve a bachelor's degree, as well as a Trailblazer Recognition Ceremony for students who were the first in their family to achieve a college credential of any kind (certificate, associate, etc). Four scholarships were also awarded out of this fund to support undergraduate first-generation students.
Spring semester marked the first time that SSS has been able to provide scholarships to program participants (bachelor's degree students who are low income, first generation and/or experiencing a documented disability) in over five years, thanks to a $25,000 donation from the UAF Alumni Association. In the hopes of sustaining funding and encouraging student participation in SSS services, we've parsed out the scholarships, awarding $3,300 to six students in spring and $4,000 to four students in fall 2022. We received 72 applications in the spring and 51 applications in the fall. One of the fall scholarships went to a student seeking to study abroad ($1,000), while the others went to continuing students needing assistance to make ends meet. This fund also is used to buy items for the SSS Food Pantry, as our student population can often face bouts of food insecurity.
The Student Support Fund assists UAF students in need. Working in close connection with the Emergency Scholarship Committee, the Student Support Fund has provided funding for emergency situations, including travel, medical expenses, housing or food insecurity, and for assistance with tuition, fees or books. Students are able to connect to one place to review funding and academic advising support opportunities customized to their needs. The funds have been used to keep students enrolled in school by providing basic needs, as well as lessening the financial burden of withdrawing from school when a break is needed due to an emergency situation. The applications are reviewed by individual staff daily and by a cross-campus committee weekly to ensure quick responses to emerging situations.
Thank you for making a difference here at UAF.
UAF photos by Todd Paris, JR Ancheta and other university affiliates.