This award was created to acknowledge the leadership of retired Arctic Slope Regional Corporation President & CEO, Jacob Anaġi Adams. Throughout his career, Anaġi dedicated his efforts towards improving the lives of ASRC shareholders, Arctic Slope residents and all Alaskans.
Anaġi began his career with ASRC after it was established by Congress under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971. He was elected to the first board of directors, and has served on the board ever since.
Other notable Anaġi accomplishments include serving as a Barrow City Council member at the age of 21. During the formative years of the North Slope Borough, Anaġi was elected to its first assembly and was appointed as Mayor to succeed the late Eben Hopson, Sr., a visionary that passionately worked towards Iñupiat rights and self determination.
Jacob is first and foremost a whaler. As a whaling captain, he has had the privilege of serving the Iñupiat community. He and his wife Lucille, and the Anaġi whaling crew have had the honor of feeding countless people many times. His spirit of sharing stems from this timeless Iñupiat tradition.
In 1971, the International Whaling Commission issued a ban on Iñupiat subsistence whaling. Anaġi was instrumental in organizing the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission (AEWC), where he served as Chairman from 1977 until 1980. Through Anaġi’s efforts, AEWC has successfully defended Iñupiat rights to harvest the bowhead whale, allowing us to continue the traditions of our Iñupiat whaling culture.
Anaġi’s commitment to the welfare of Alaska’s Native people continues. He is a longtime member of the Barrow Volunteer Search and Rescue and has actively supported the Native sobriety movement. He remains active in state and national politics.
The Anaġi Leadership Award covers up to $24,000 for tuition, fees, books, room and board, and shall be used for college or training expenses. One scholarship is awarded each year.
Applications must be received by June 30th. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Click here to apply online.
Submit completed applications to:
Arctic Education Foundation
P.O. Box 129
Utqiagvik [Barrow], AK 99723