Chancellor’s Report on Philanthropy

Summer 2023

Dear fellow donor,

As the temperature rises in Fairbanks, I find great warmth in celebrating the accomplishments of our students. 

In May, we gathered for UAF’s 101st commencement, witnessing the graduation of over 1,000 talented individuals. The event was made even more memorable as attendees engaged in the first-ever stadium wave, creating an atmosphere of unity and excitement.

The next week, we hosted the UAF Blue & Gold Celebration, an extraordinary evening dedicated to honoring our students and recognizing the profound impact of scholarship support. During this special occasion, we had the privilege of acknowledging the recipients of this year’s Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Service Awards, while also raising funds to provide vital scholarships for students. 

I extend my deepest gratitude to donors like you, whose contributions have played a pivotal role in enabling students to pursue their education. Your support has transformed the lives of individuals who would have otherwise faced financial obstacles hindering their access to a world-class  education at UAF. Your commitment to these students enables them to reach  their full potential.

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your involvement in celebrating our students alongside us. With your support, we continue to strive toward building a bright future for Alaska.

Thank you for your generosity and dedication.



Dan White


Chancellor Dan White

From left, Sarah Finney and Cole Osowski, ASUAF’s incoming vice president and president, join Riley von Borstel, who is a past president, and Ashlyn and Pierce Brooks, the outgoing president and vice president, at the student government’s offices in Wood Center in April 2023. UAF photo by Eric Engman.
Student government creates two new scholarships

Associated Students of UAF leaders want to help those who might otherwise not qualify for aid.


UAF Chancellor Dan White joins Anna Atchison, Terence Watungwa and Brenna Schaake, all with Kinross, at the Blue & Gold Celebration on Thursday, May 11, 2023
Blue & Gold Celebration breaks record

With help from Kinross Alaska, the annual fundraiser for scholarships reaches a new height.


Commencement celebration - students in cap and gown with balloons falling down upon them
UAF holds 101st commencement at Carlson Center

More than 1,000 people earned degrees, endorsements and certificates from UAF in the 2023 academic year.


A bright reddish orange flower
With gratitude

Businesses, corporations, individuals and foundations give generously to UAF.