GCI is a telecommunications corporation headquartered in Alaska with additional locations throughout the U.S. Founded in 1979, GCI has worked to deliver communication and technology services to the most remote communities across Alaska. This scholarship honors Donovan Walsh, an Alaskan who suddenly passed away in late August of 2019. Donovan was the son of Bob Walsh, a longtime GCI employee beloved by all who have worked with him. As GCI’s Director of Rural Affairs, Bob played a key role in delivering connectivity to small, rural communities statewide. Bob retired from GCI in 2019. This scholarship was been granted to APU in honor of the family and Donovan’s memory.
“With deep roots in Northwest Alaska and a lifetime of advocating for rural Alaska, Bob’s impact both on the state and GCI are immeasurable,” said Senior Vice President & General Manager of GCI Business Martin Cary. “Our hearts are with the Walsh family. The GCI team is pleased to be able to honor the family and Donovan’s memory through the Alaska Pacific University Donovan Walsh Scholarship.”
The Donovan Walsh Scholarship funded by GCI is for Alaska Native students or students from rural Alaska. Rural is defined as an individual living outside of the Municipality of Anchorage, Mat-Su, Fairbanks, or Juneau.
- At least part-time enrollment
- Self-identified as Alaska Native or American Indian; or living in rural Alaska.
- Be in good academic standing
- Demonstrates financial need
10 scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded for the fall 2021 semester.