Southeast student awarded Ethel Montgomery Scholarship

The Friends of the Alaska State Libraries, Archives and Museum has announced Alyssa R. Peterson of Kake as the recipient of a $2,000 Ethel Montgomery Scholarship. The scholarship will go toward her education at San Jose State University where she is working on a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with an emphasis in archiving.

Peterson received her bachelors degree in liberal arts with an emphasis in anthropology and Northwest Coast art from the University of Alaska Southeast. She has worked with the Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives. As a member of the Tlingit Deisheetan clan, Peterson said, “It is my dream to put my skills to use in tribal archives in Southeast Alaska to ensure that our cultural heritage is preserved for generations to come.”

The Ethel Montgomery Scholarship Fund was established in the 1990s to assist university-level Alaska Native students majoring in museum studies.

Applications for the 2014-2015 school year may be obtained by emailing Jackie Schoppert at or Majorie Menzi at


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