This scholarship fund was created by Bethel Community Services Foundation in collaboration with a leadership team from the University of Alaska Fairbanks-Kuskokwim Campus and Mary's partner, Hubert Angaiak, to honor the legacy of Mary Ciuniq Pete. As the director of UAF-KuC, member of the US Arctic Research Commission, past director of subsistence for Alaska Department of Fish & Game, UAF researcher and leader in the field to end violence against women and girls, Mary was a fierce advocate for high-quality education, a healthy and thriving environment, and the safety of women and girls in Bethel and across Western Alaska.
The Mary Ciuniq Pete Legacy Scholarship scholarship will support KuC students with a preference given to students who are Alaska Native women. Mary deeply valued perseverance and retention. To encourage retention, the scholarship will only be available to returning students (second year and beyond).