Dr. Jacob Anaġi Adams Sr.

AEF would like to remember the founder of Arctic Education Foundation, Dr. Jacob Anaġi Adams Sr., who passed away in September at the age of 73. Jake’s vision for the future of our youth is what created AEF, and thousands of students over the last four decades have been able to pursue their dreams because of him.

A renowned whaling captain who fought for Native rights and was instrumental in the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act – Jake Adams devoted his life to the Iñupiat people and improving the communities of the North Slope.

Anagi was a dynamic leader who had such a profound impact on the North Slope that AEF honored the retired ASRC President & CEO by naming an educational scholarship after him. The Anagi Leadership Award is an exclusive scholarship given annually to an ASRC shareholder who exemplifies leadership in every aspect of their life while embracing Iñupiaq values.

Jake’s dedication to improving the lives of Arctic Slope residents through his commitment to public service has provided tremendous benefits to the region and the state – leaving behind a legacy that will forever be remembered.

AEF is forever grateful to Jake for his leadership, and to the Adams family for their continued support of the Foundation.

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