2008 Grant / Scholarship Funded Proposals

AIEF was first envisioned by Irma Scavenius in 1976, intending to promote increased understanding between people of other countries and of the United States, sponsor workshops for foreign teachers, and to arrange educational meetings between foreign and American students.

In 2008, the goal of the Foundation remains as first envisioned.  To meet the foundation’s exempt purpose, research and educational grants and scholarships are given biannually.  In keeping with Mrs. Scavenius’ wishes, her residence is now affordable housing for international students attending university in Anchorage.

Name of Applicant

Purpose of Proposal

Cash Funded
Drew Cason, student, Professor Mara KimmelUniversity of Alaska Anchorage Need financial assistance for airfare and other expenses for 2 (two) students to travel to Tromso, Norway and Tatabanya, Hungary to research community based response to climate change.  After UAA students complete their research, a Climate Action Plan will be developed to propose to the Municipality of Anchorage.


Dr. Sven HaakansonAlutiiq Museum Kodiak, AK Dr. Haakanson and his team will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark .and St. Petersburg Russia to study collections of Alutiiq objects taken from Kodiak Island in the 18th and 19th centuries.  They will work with Danish and Russian museum professional to reunite museum records with traditional knowledge, and thus enhance understanding of collections that reflect a shared period of our cultural heritage.  Their research – photographs, collections descriptions, and catalog information – will be used to create publications about the collections for a broad public audience.


Gerry HovdaFairbanks, AK. Travel to Costa Rica for a semester of college work helping to further understanding of different cultures.  The purpose of the trip is to get first hand leadership skills while learning the environment and culture of anther nation.  The trip is planned around outdoor leadership skills but at the same time, students will gain from the cultural experiences gained from the societal interaction.


Jonathan HolstonWasilla, AK 2009 summer People to People high school study program in England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland where a group of students study and learn about the area.  They will meet a former member of Parliament; explore castles, visit and Irish farm, cook and dance.  These experiences will teach the differences between Alaskans and People in Europe.


Michael Cull Requests assistance with travel expenses to attend meetings in support of the planning process of the Vietnam Hospitality Management Training Program.  The Vietnam Hospitality Management Training Program will establish a new academic relationship between universities in Alaska and Vietnam to expand international exchange projects for faculty and students to improve cultural knowledge of both countries.  This would become the first academic project in Alaska to focus on Southeast Asia.  Also, it would create international awareness of hospitality science as a social development vehicle for new employment and education opportunities.


Total 2008 Cash Grant/Scholarship Contribution


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