Calista Heritage Foundation Provides nearly $240,000 in Scholarships

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by Russ Slaten

Original Air Date: September 14, 2012

(ANCHORAGE, AK) - Calista Corporation's Heritage Foundation is providing nearly $240,000 in scholarships for the fall. A total of 272 students from across Alaska are receiving the scholarships.

Most of the recipients go to the University of Alaska Anchorage and Aniversity of Alaska Fairbanks.

Officials have seen steady growth in scholarship funding over the past decade, thanks to the success of Calista Corporation and other contributors.

Calista Heritage Foundation CEO Debra Call said higher education is important in today's advanced business field.

"All of those jobs require not only an education, but occassionally even a skill, so that college or vocational education beyond high school is just critically important to support not only yourself but your family," said Call.

Scholarship Recipient and Foundation Board Member Mary Martinez said it helped her realize her educational dreams.

"It was a great help for myself coming from a village and a family where we didn't have a lot of financial resources, so it helped a lot in paying for tuition and books," said Martinez.

The top five fields of study this semester are nursing, biology, elementary education, psychology and business administration.

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