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THS Pat Roppel Scholarship Recipient is Pierce Bateman


June 13, 2018
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(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Tongass Historical Society announced the selection of the third recipient of the THS Patricia Roppel Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 2016 with the Alaska Community Foundation thanks to generous donations from the Roppel Family, the Eichner family, the Tongass Historical Society, and other generous donors. It was established to honor the memory of Pat Roppel; author, historian, researcher, and two-time recipient of the Alaska Historian of the Year award.

jpg THS Pat Roppel Scholarship Recipient is Pierce Bateman

The 2018 Pat Roppel scholarship recipient is Pierce Bateman.
Photo courtesy Tongass Historical Society

Roppel served the public for over thirty years on boards and commissions of state and nonprofit organizations. She also served on the THS Board of Directors, and made significant donations of objects, information, time and money. She was a supportive member and friend to THS for over 50 years.

The 2018 scholarship recipient is Pierce Bateman. Pierce attends the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His final thesis will focus on the “History of Steamships in Alaska”. He expects to graduate in the spring 2019.
The THS Patricia Roppel Scholarship gives a $5,000 award annually to an undergraduate or graduate student attending an accredited college and majoring in history, especially pursuing the study of Alaska and the North. Special consideration is given to an applicant specializing in Southeast Alaska History, or the history of mining, fisheries, or timber in Alaska.

If you would like to apply for next year’s scholarship, or you wish to make a donation to the THS Particia Roppel scholarship fund, go to the Alaska Community Foundation website at

Established in 1995, the Alaska Community Foundation is a statewide platform for philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. Holding approximately $75 million in more than 360 funds for the benefit of Alaskans, ACF grants $3 to $4 million each year to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations across the state. Their mission is to transform gifts from Alaskans into an extraordinary contribution for our state’s future.


On the Web:

Alaska Community Foundation


Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

Tongass Historical Society



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