Gifts at work
Thank you for your support of UAF. Every gift increases educational opportunities for both our students and faculty. Your impact is reflected across the university.
UAF’s continuous mission is to integrate teaching, research, and public service as it educates students for active citizenship, preparing them for lifelong learning and rewarding careers. Our continued goal is to strengthen our position as global leaders in Alaska Native and Indigenous programs and revitalize key academic programs.
2022-2023 Total Giving: $11,358,575
$1,781,956 in scholarships were awarded
to 629 students
Attending UAF allows me to embrace my love for Fairbanks while completing my education.
I have been incredibly grateful to participate in student organizations, win first
place for UAF in the Accounting Case Competition and take on several leadership roles,
like speaking at the 2022 Business Leader of the Year banquet. My involvement with
communities on and off campus is the direct result of scholarships, which provided
me the time and flexibility to enjoy being a student. Thank you to the scholarship
donors, committees and communities that believe in the future of students like me!
— Ashley Plys, College of Business and Security Management student
College and School Support
This past year proved to be one of the most successful years in Alaska Nanooks athletics
history — a national championship for your Nanook rifle team, an individual national
champion for Nordic ski, a perfect 6-0 in hockey against UAA (allowing us to retain
the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup). And many teams broke records this past year.
All accomplished in arguably the toughest schedule in NCAA sports. A special thanks
to Chancellor White, the 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
Alaska Nanook history. Without you, none of this is possible.
— Brock Anundson, Athletics Director
The Great Northwest Athletic Conference announced its 2022-23 men’s basketball all-conference teams and special awards. UAF’s own Abdullahi Mohamed was named Second Team All-GNAC. Tybenn Sturm also qualified for the GNAC All-Academic Team. Earlier this year, the men’s team beat UAA on home court.
Women’s basketball was named the GNAC Team of the Week following their win over UAA, ending a 16-year drought. After her first season at UAF, Emma McKenney earned an honorable mention at GNAC. For the GNAC All-Academic Team, five players were named, including Olivia Kraska, Paola Perez-Mendoza, Caitlin Pusich, Destiny Reimers and Sam Tolliver.
Women’s cross-country had three NCAA qualifiers: Kendall Kramer, Rosie Fordham and Naomi Bailey. Kramer finished in eighth place for best ever and All-American. She received the title of GNAC Women’s Cross-Country Athlete of the Year with her first-place finish, with Bailey claiming second. For the West Region Championship, Bailey finished in first place.
The men’s hockey team had their best season since 2001-02 with a 22-10-2 record. The team won Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup against UAA (6-0) for the 12th straight year. In NCAA pairwise, the team ranked 14th, and in media polls for USA Today/USA Hockey and U.S. College Hockey Online, the team finished 15th.
For the 11th time in program history and for the first time since 2008, the Nanooks rifle team won the NCAA Rifle Championship. Rylan Kissell was named most outstanding performer and won the individual air rifle competition. Rachael Charles earned third place in the individual air rifle finals. The Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association named multiple All-Americans from the team.
The men’s skiing team finished seventh place at the 2022 NCAA Ski Championships. Joe Davies won the 10k. Between Joe Davies and Mike Ophoff, four All-American honors were given.
The women’s skiing team took seventh place in the 2023 NCAA Ski Championships. The team was the third best-scoring overall Nordic team at the championships. Mariel Pulles earned two all-American titles, and Kendall Kramer earned the title too.
The women’s swimming team took ninth place at the 2023 Pacific Coast Swimming and Diving Conference Championships. Sophia Ruppert took second place in the 200-yard butterfly. Overall, seven individuals and one relay team made it to the finals.
The women’s volleyball team had their second straight season with 18 wins, the second most wins in the team’s history. The team won the Denali State Bank Ice Block Classic. Jessa Long was named the GNAC defensive player of the year and the American Volleyball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American.
The UAF First Gen Support Fund helps UAF celebrate students who are in the first generation of their families to go to college. Students have been directly impacted by scholarships, and funds have been used for recognition ceremonies like UAF’s celebration of the National First-Generation College Student Celebration Day in November and the First-Gen Baccalaureate Cording Ceremony and Trailblazer Recognition Ceremony held each spring.
This was the second year that Student Support Services (SSS) was able to provide scholarships to program participants. These are bachelor’s degree seeking students who are low income, first generation and/or experience a documented disability. Thanks to the donation from the UAF Alumni Association, we were able to award scholarships to 24 students that needed additional support to help make ends meet. In the spring of 2023, we were able to award four $1,000 scholarships, one which was for a student studying abroad, and eight $200 scholarships for students to use to purchase textbooks and other course materials. We were also able to award three $1,000 scholarships this summer and nine $1,000 scholarships this fall. In addition, these funds have allowed us to purchase food items for our SSS Food Pantry to support SSS students experiencing 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 Eric Engman, Leif Van Cise, JR Ancheta and other university affiliates.