Scholarship honors late Alaska broadcaster John Active
A rural Alaska broadcasting legend’s name will live on after his death this week, as Bethel organizations team up to form a scholarship in his memory.
The John Active Memorial Scholarship was announced Friday in honor of Active, known as “The Voice of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta” after working at public radio station KYUK for nearly half a century. Active, who retired from KYUK shortly before his death at age 69, was known for translating news over the air from English into Yup’ik – in which he regularly aired an entire show.
The Bering Community Services Foundation joined KYUK in organizing the fund, which will aid Alaskans following in Active’s footsteps.
“Beginning in 2019, the John Active Memorial Scholarship will award a minimum of $1,000 per year to a college student with social ties to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta,” BCSF and KYUK said in a joint statement. “Honoring Active’s legacy, preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in one or more of the following fields: journalism, indigenous language, multimedia, or communications.”
The foundation is accepting contributions to the fund through its website, over the phone by credit card at 907-543-1812 and by mail at P.O. Box 2189, Bethel, AK 99559.
Contributions can also be made in person to BCSF’s office at 1795 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. KYUK’s office can accept checks for the scholarship from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
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