GCI awards $80,000 in scholarships to 40 Alaska students

June 16, 2021

Students from 29 communities will receive scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Forty Alaska students from 29 communities across the state will each receive $2,000 for the 2021-22 academic year through the GCI Scholarship Program. GCI launched the scholarship program more than 20 years ago to help develop and grow Alaska’s next generation of leaders.

Since the program began, GCI has awarded more than $6 million in scholarship funds to hundreds of Alaska students attending accredited colleges and vocational/trade schools across the country.

“Students are beginning to return to a recognizable education environment after more than a year of disruptions, and we want to do everything we can to carry that return to normalcy through to students’ post-secondary education experiences,” said Dr. Pam Lloyd, VP of GCI Government, Healthcare & Education Corporate Strategy. “At GCI, we understand there is an unmet need for assistance with higher education costs in our state, and we have a goal to do our part in lowering the cost, making students’ goals achievable and within reach.”

2021-22 GCI Scholarship Program recipients:

  • Ian Thai, Bartlett High School, Anchorage
  • Delen Hooper, Bethel Regional High School, Bethel
  • Ryan Flodin, Chugiak High School, Chugiak
  • Lydia Bushey, Colony High School, Palmer
  • Linnea Morgan Gossard, Cooper Landing School, Cooper Landing
  • Luke Nicholas Wulvik, Dillingham High School, Dillingham
  • Sawyer Sands, Dillingham High School, Dillingham
  • Dylan M. Bender, Eagle River High School, Eagle River
  • Darrell Semaken, Frank A. Degnan High School, Unalakleet
  • Brennan Garcia, Glennallen High School, Glennallen
  • Lydia Andriesen, Haines High School, Haines
  • Austin R. Cline, Homer High School, Homer
  • Talia Henry, Jimmy Huntington School, Huslia
  • Kiana Potter, Juneau-Douglas High School, Juneau
  • Chariety Moler, Kake City High School, Kake
  • Leif Erik Lofquist, Kenai Central High School, Kenai
  • Nina Lee Holman, Ketchikan High School, Ketchikan
  • Glen Paul Babcock, King Cove School, King Cove
  • Kim Aubrey Fortaliza, Kodiak High School, Kodiak
  • Jessalyn Swanson, Kotzebue High School, Kotzebue
  • Margaret Ludwig, Mat-Su Career and Technical High School, Wasilla
  • North Brubaker, Mat-Su Career and Technical High School, Wasilla
  • Trekker Avril, Matsu Middle College School, Palmer
  • Brody Wysocki, Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Sitka
  • Hayden Hunt, Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Sitka
  • Matt Hunt, Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Sitka
  • Raquel H. George, Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Sitka
  • Braden Allen Envoy, Nikiski High School, Nikiski
  • Samuel Benjamin VanderWeele, Palmer High School, Palmer
  • Lucy Berlyn Hankins, Seward High School, Seward
  • Gavin Brennan, Soldotna High School, Soldotna
  • Ayla Cummings, Tatitlek Community School, Tatitlek
  • Isabella Hanna, Thunder Mountain High School, Juneau
  • Benjamin Noah Brown, Tri-Valley School, Healy
  • Aleutia Peters, Unalaska City School, Unalaska
  • James Vuong, Unalaska High School, Unalaska
  • Hailey Hodgins, West Anchorage High School / Alaska Middle College, Anchorage
  • Robyn Booker, Wrangell High School, Wrangell
  • Kieran Bentley, ZJ Williams Memorial School, Napaskiak

Recipients represent 29 communities across Alaska, stretching from Unalaska in the Aleutians, east to Ketchikan, and more than 1,300 miles north to Utqiagvik. The GCI Scholarship Program is geared towards awardees who plan to seek a degree or certification with a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) focus, with an intention to return to Alaska to start their careers.

GCI is one of Alaska’s leaders in corporate philanthropy, donating approximately $2 million each year in cash, products and connectivity to organizations across the state. GCI is committed to giving back to the communities it serves and provides employees with 16 hours of paid leave to volunteer with local organizations each year. In 2020, more than 320 GCI employees volunteered over 2,900 hours with local non-profit organizations across the state.

For more information about the GCI Scholarship Program, visit https://alaskacf.org/blog/scholarships/the-gci-scholarship/

About GCI

Headquartered in Alaska, GCI provides data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer, business, government, and carrier customers throughout Alaska, serving more than 200 communities. The company has invested more than $3 billion in its Alaska network and facilities over the past 40 years and recently launched true standards-based 5G NR service in Anchorage, now the nation’s northernmost 5G service area. Learn more about GCI at http://www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Broadband Corporation (Nasdaq: LBRDA, LBRDK, LBRDP). Learn more about Liberty Broadband at http://www.libertybroadband.com.

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