Stan Smith scholarships help students

Nine Alaska students received scholarships from the Stan Smith Foundation this winter, a boost that will help them pay for tools and tuition and to continue their education.

The group of 2017 scholarship recipients received checks at a reception at the AGC of Alaska office in Anchorage in January.

Five of the students are working on apprenticeships through the Alaska Laborers Union Local 341, one is working on an apprenticeship with Alaska Operating Engineers Training Trust, one is an apprentice at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, one is training at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center and one is a senior high school student at King Career Center in Anchorage.

All recipients said they were grateful for the scholarships, which will help offset the numerous financial demands that come with job training.

The scholarship winners were:

  • Andrew Sharpe, AV-Tech
  • Christopher Bickell, Alaska Laborers
  • Brett Donahue, Alaska Laborers
  • Elizabeth Wilson, Alaska Operating Engineers
  • Tony Kruger, Alaska Laborers
  • Samantha Murdock, IBEW
  • Clarence Summers, Alaska Laborers
  • Lance Wiley, Alaska Laborers
  • Michael Reber, Senior HS student at King Career Center

 Scholarship checks were presented on behalf of the Stan Smith Memorial Foundation, which funds the scholarships primarily through its annual fishing tournament. The foundation was created to honor the legacy of Stan Smith, who died in 2008. He was a longtime supporter of the construction industry and the community, and devoted his time to helping others pursue their dreams.

The 2018 Smith Memorial Fishing Tournament will be held Aug. 17-18 at the Smith Fish Lodge in Sterling. For full details or for questions, contact Galena Fechik at