Robert Aqqaluk Newlin, Sr. Memorial Trust
Robert Aqqaluk Newlin, Sr. recognized that in order to survive in the changing world, young people must not only have a strong cultural identity but must also be educated and well-prepared for jobs and careers. Robert Newlin, Sr. always encouraged young people to continue with their education and to bring their skills and knowledge back to their people.
And today, thanks to his vision, the Aqqaluk Trust is the most important source of educational funding for the NANA region.
The Aqqaluk Trust awards scholarships to NANA shareholders, their descendants and dependents who are pursuing college and post-graduate degrees and post-secondary education.
Scholarships are issued based on a variety of criteria, including demonstrated commitment to Iñupiaq values, prior academic performance and recommendations from others.
Our new Leadership Thru Generations Project focuses on training leaders from the NANA region who are deeply rooted in Iñupiat Ilitqusiat values and have a growing knowledge of both Iñupiat and western ways. Our goal is to support thriving future leaders who will lead us with the same character that our ancestors did.
When an Iñupiaq person becomes educated and understands his identity, he can play a vital role and become a leader.