First Ever ASNA Leadership Scholarship Awardees

August 11, 2016

Arctic Slope Native Association (ASNA) is pleased to announce Allison Akpik and Lizzie Diaz of Barrow have been selected to receive the Guy Okakok, Sr. Leadership Award.

Lizzie Diaz, the daughter of Jaime & Dora (Panigeo) Diaz of Barrow is a student at the College of Staten Island in New York. She is expected to receive an Associate’s of Applied Science in Nursing in the spring of 2017 and further her education with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Lizzie has excelled as a nursing intern at SSMH, displaying strong leadership skills and a notable desire to serving the community.

Allison Akpik, the daughter of Selene Akpik-Tirre of Barrow, is a student at Argosy University in San Diego, California. She is expected to receive a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in December 2016. Allison earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State University in the spring of 2014. Allison displays strong passion and engagement in providing culturally relevant behavioral health services, on the North Slope as an intern and counselor at the North Slope Borough Health & Social Services Department.

The Guy Okakok, Sr. Leadership Award was established by the ASNA Board of Directors in the fall of 2015 in recognition of our 50th anniversary as an organization, with the intention of providing support for “homegrown health-care providers”. The scholarship awardees will receive up to $5,000 per academic year to be applied to tuition, room & board, and other fees.