September 12, 2012



September 12, 2012


Calista Heritage Foundation Provides $461,000 In Scholarships

272 Students Receive Financial Aid For Fall Semester


(Anchorage, Alaska) – The Calista Heritage Foundation (CHF) announces they are providing $239,250 in scholarships for the fall 2012 semester. Year-to-date the total scholarship distribution is $461,000 to about 300 students. Life-to-date more than $3.2 million in scholarships has been awarded.


For the fall semester, a total of 272 students are receiving scholarships. 235 are in an undergraduate program, 29 are attending a vocational school and 11 are pursuing graduate degrees. Of the total recipients, 245 are from Alaska with 121 of them from the Calista region. All scholarship recipients are Calista Corporation Shareholders or Descendants.


The top five fields of study this semester are nursing, biology, elementary education, psychology and business administration. The top five schools students are attending are University of Alaska (UA) Anchorage, UA Fairbanks, Alaska Career College, UA Fairbanks – Kuskokwim Campus and Bethel’s Yuut Yaqungviat flight school.


“Hope for the future will continue as long as we support those seeking education and training,” said Calista Heritage Foundation President/CEO Debra Call. “Coupled with the real-world learning experiences from Calista’s internship program, we are ensuring the growth of Alaskan leaders.”


CHF is the non-profit subsidiary for Calista Corporation. In 2010 the Calista Scholarship Fund merged with the Calista Elder’s Council to become CHF. CHF’s goals, among others, are to provide financial support for Calista Corporation Shareholders and Descendants to pursue their educational goals, while promoting self-determination and cultural pride. Their website is




The second largest of the original 13 Alaska Native corporations, Calista Corporation was established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and represents over 12,000 Shareholders. The Calista region encompasses over 6.5 million acres and includes 56 villages, which are incorporated into 46 individual village corporations. Since inception, Calista has provided more than $3.2 million in scholarships to its Shareholders and Descendants and more than $17.4 million in Shareholder dividends and distributions.


Calista Corporation is the parent company of 15 subsidiaries, providing services ranging from telecommunications and marketing to construction and facility management. Calista can be found on Facebook ( and Twitter (