The John and Margaret Pugh Social Science Award will provide funding for UAS students studying the social sciences through scholarships and experiential learning opportunities like internships, research, conferences, and other academic activities. Click here to donate today!
The Pugh Legacy
John Pugh served as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast from August, 1999 through May, 2015. He came to the university after a 15-year career with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, serving as Commissioner of that department from 1983 to 1986.
Margaret McMullian Pugh arrived in Alaska in January of 1968 with a newly minted degree in Social Welfare from Florida State University in hand. Shortly thereafter began her career with the State in the field of Corrections, as a Youth Counselor at McLaughlin Youth Center. In 1994, Ms. Pugh was appointed by Governor Tony Knowles to serve as Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Corrections-the position she held until her retirement in 2002. Ms. Pugh says that Corrections is both her career and calling-providing her the opportunity to contribute to the well being of the people of Alaska.
Together John & Margaret have over 75+ combined years of public and community service in Alaska. Following John’s retirement at UAS, they plan to live in Juneau and spend more time with their granddaughters as well as continue their volunteer activities with various community organizations. This summer John and Margaret will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. They have two adult married children and two granddaughters all living in Alaska.
About the Pugh Social Science Award:
The purpose of the fund is to provide funding for UAS students studying the social sciences through scholarships and experiential learning opportunities including but not limited to stipends, internships, research, conferences (with associated travel expenses), and other academic activities.
Qualifications pertaining to the recipients:
• must be admitted to Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences degree program
• must be a resident of Southeast Alaska
• must be a full-time student
• must have sophomore, junior, or senior class standing
How will students apply?
Once the minimum $25,000 threshold is reached to create the endowment and there are sufficient available monies in the spendable account, students will apply for the award through the UAS Financial Aid Office using the standard application.