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Introducing Alaska's future leaders

My name is Emma Lyddan

I was just a city girl who came into this full force.

I’m a recent graduate with a degree in Environmental Studies, Geography and Outdoor Studies at UAS and now I'm living out my dream as a guide in Patagonia, Chile. I came up to Alaska from the Bay Area just really wanting to get out and see something new, experience something new and challenge myself. I learned a lot about leadership, how important compassion is in this industry and I learned incredible technical skills in this incredibly gorgeous place.

The program taught me how to be on the glaciers, how to be on the mountain and how to ice climb. Skiing was hard for me but I learned to ski on Denali and the next summer I ended up guiding two expeditions with a successful summit.

I was a city girl who came into this full force. I got so much confidence from this program, it was life-changing. I am very passionate about bringing people into the outdoors to share my experience.

I'm very honored and thrilled that because of the UAS ODS program I get to work in a place I have dreamed of as long as I can remember. Come down and adventure with me while I'm guiding in Patagonia, Chile!

I hope you can consider how an investment in the Outdoor Studies Program truly can change a life. It changed mine!

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My name is Padraig New

My internship at the Auke Creek Fish Weir is allowing me to conduct fisheries research.

I was born and raised in Juneau and currently enrolled in Marine Biology at UAS. Because of private support I have been working as an intern with NOAA at the Auke Creek Fish Weir. This outstanding internship has given me invaluable, hands-on experience allowing me to conduct fisheries research and gain practical skills working in the lab. 

I'm learning from scientists who are engaged in research that has a significant impact on our state's fisheries and our community. I've gained important skills and understanding that will not only benefit me in my present education but will be invaluable as I conduct research on salmon for my graduate studies.

I'm so thankful to private donors for allowing me to participate in this incredible opportunity and I truly appreciate the support!


Padraig New

My name is Esther Bower

Like the tides our state depends on, I came back. I hope you consider helping other students like me.

I’m a senior in the Marine Biology program at UAS. I’m originally from Sitka and went to high school in Haines. As a high school student I was drawn away from Alaska as many of my peers were. I chose to leave for my first year of college, but I came back.

With my shrimp research funded through the URECA program (Undergraduate Research, Experiential & Creative Activities) I've been researching a local shrimp population to find a cause of its decline. I think it’s going to be very important in the future to bridge the gap between scientists and fisherman here in Alaska so that’s my goal. Because the two can work hand in hand.

I am graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alaska Southeast thanks to scholarships and research grants made possible with private donations.

If you believe an educated workforce creates a strong economy for Alaska won't you make a contribution to UAS today?

Watch video: My name is Esther Bower

The University of Alaska Southeast Development Office focuses on increasing private support for UAS student scholarships, teaching, research, and programs.

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Why give to the University of Alaska Southeast?

  • The University of Alaska is important to Alaska’s future economic development. Through partnerships with business and industry, UAS is able to focus its highest priority initiatives in response to Southeast Alaska’s employment and job training needs.
  • Statistics show that the more education an individual receives, the less money the government will spend on welfare, unemployment, child support enforcement, incarceration, health care and other social services. Furthermore, the more likely that person is to vote, be active in their community, and contribute to charities.
  • A strong university brings more to our community than opportunities for higher education and professional advancement. Nationwide, our country’s colleges and universities are centers for the arts and scientific research. These programs enrich our lives and strengthen our community, while attracting new businesses to invest in our local economy.

Annual Giving

At UAS alumni, friends, employees and community members can give meaningful gifts on an annual basis to the Chancellor's unrestricted fund.  These funds are used for many purposes: to supplement existing named funds, or start new endowed funds as well as general scholarships, depending on the needs determined by the current Chancellor. Gifts to existing funds

Contributions can be made to existing endowed or restricted funds at any time. 

Establishing a New Fund

There are two types of funds here at UAS: endowed and restricted.  

  • Endowed
    A minimum of $25,000 is required to create an endowed named fund.  Endowed gifts are invested. This is the most long-term, monumental form of support. For more in-depth information about this process, please see the UA Foundation, which provides administrative overview of all UAS funds
  • Restricted
    A minimum of $5,000 is required to create a restricted named fund.  Restricted funds smaller and not invested, but donated directly into the fund and used for the purposes defined in a gift agreement between the donor and the University. If the funds are not replenished by additional gifts, they will be closed.

We’d love to talk with you about your ideas for creating a new memorial fund or contributing to an existing fund.

Contact Us

Please feel free to email us at or contact us at the phone number below.

We can provide the wording typically used in obituaries to specify contributions in honor of a loved one, if you need that immediately. Please note the additional steps in order to create a memorial fund.

For more information, contact:
UAS Office of Development & Alumni Relations
11066 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 796-6416


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