HANF provides educational funding to Native ANTHC employees

Posted on December 9, 2010 in Events

Increasing the skills, knowledge and value of ANTHC employees of Alaska Native descent are the objectives of the Native Educational Assistance (NEA) program. The program is open to all Native employees in good standing who have worked at ANTHC for at least a year. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $1,000 per year. Funding recipients must pass undergraduate classes with a 2.0 GPA or higher and graduate level classes with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Since the program’s inception in 2001, almost 200 Native ANTHC employees have received assistance to further their education.

“This program develops the talent and abilities of those Native ANTHC employees and is aligned with ANTHC’s core value of Native self-determination,” Employee Development Coordinator Angelique Anderson said. “It helps them grow and utilize their skills in their current job and positions them to take on new challenges and employment opportunities.”

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Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation’s (HANF) educational funding enhances the Native Educational Assistance (NEA) Program. As the charitable arm of ANTHC, HANF works to raise awareness and funding to meet key initiatives, which are currently Health Care Improvements, Wellness & Prevention and Healthy Village Environments. The Foundation distributed over $150,000 to programs that are in alignment with these initiatives in 2010. The funding given to the NEA program is one example. HANF’s contributions to the program allowed seven students to receive funding totaling $5,150 during summer and fall 2010.

“I am more motivated to continue pursuing my higher education,” said Holly Chaney, an NEA funding recipient. “I feel obligated to help fund HANF because I know the money is used to help ANTHC and their employees.”

“A program such as this one encourages employees to take those first steps toward their educational goals,” Anderson said. “Anytime you can educate your employee, it makes them more valuable. ANTHC and the employees see the value of the program, and they both reap the rewards.”

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