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Ethel Montgomery Scholarship Fund

The Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives & Museum has announced the availability of the Ethel Montgomery Scholarship application.  Applicants for the up to $4,000 scholarship must be enrolled in an Alaskan federally-recognized tribe and pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in museum studies. 

The Ethel Montgomery Scholarship Fund was established in the 1990s to assist university-level Alaska Native students majoring in museum studies.  Ethel Montgomery, one of the first docents at the Alaska State Museum and longtime member of the Friends, was adopted into the Kaagwaantaan Wolf Clan and became an active member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood. One of her dreams was to help young Alaska Natives become curators and directors of museums that celebrate their cultures. The combination of her love for museums and for the Native people contributed to her establishment of this scholarship.  


Ethel M. (Clayton) Montgomery (1896-1989), one of the first docents at the Alaska State Museum and longtime member of the Friends, was adopted with the name Naats Klaa into the Kaagwaantaan Clan in the Wolf moiety by Jennie Thlunaut in Haines in 1964 and became an active member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood. She founded the Alaska Native Arts and Crafts Cooperative Association (ANAC), was active at Northern Light church, the American Legion, Salvation Army, and a 50-year member of P.E.O., a philanthropic and educational organization. Rotary’s Woman of the Year, Ethel Montgomery was recognized by the governor and legislature for her longtime community service. She died at 92.

Ethel Montgomery, ASL-P348-767

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