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Nick Begich Scholar

posted Jul 9, 2015, 12:43 AM by Ezra Lockhart
I am very happy and appreciative to learn that I was named Nick Begich Scholar. Past successful Nick Begich Scholarship Intern Fund (NBSIF) scholarship candidates have demonstrated an interest in careers in public service or education. NBSIF offered its first awards in April 1978. Since that time the Fund has provided over $350,000 in awards to over 350 Alaskans. NBSIF is committed to funding Alaska's next generation of leadership.

The NBSIF Board recognized my service and scholarship in supporting the autistic community. Additionally, the Board understood my commitment to Alaska and my work with Alaska indigenous youth. In Congress Nick Begich was a champion of Alaska interests and led the passage of the most comprehensive indigenous claims settlement in American History, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) which paved the way for the building of the Alaska Pipeline–the source of Alaska’s wealth today.

I am grateful to the board for being selected and appreciate their generous award of $1,000. This scholarship will aid in offsetting the extraordinary expense of international study. I am ever thankful to the Board and hopeful that my experience aboard can bring about positive change to the local communities I serve.

Here is the wonderful letter I received from the Nick Begich Scholarship Intern Fund: