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Ricardo Sainz Scholarship Announced


July 20, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - A scholarship in memory of fisheries biologist Ricardo Sainz has been created by U.S. Forest Service employees in the Ketchikan-Misty Fjord Ranger District. University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan students pursuing a degree in fisheries, biology or fisheries technology will benefit from their generosity. Applications for the scholarship are currently being accepted.

Ricardo Sainz, a United States Forest Service fisheries biologist, will be remembered by his coworkers for his passion and dedication to his profession, his interest in education and his warmth and compassion for his fellow USFS employees. Sainz worked for the USFS Ketchikan Ranger District for over 13 years. A native of Arizona, he enjoyed living and working in the Tongass National Forest. "His contribution as a fisheries biologist to the U.S. Forest Service was notable and he was a dedicated forest service employee," District Ranger Lynn Kolund says. As a first generation college graduate, Sainz was proud of his achievement and his co-workers felt strongly that he would have wanted to help college students pursue a biology or fisheries degree.

A $500 scholarship will be awarded each semester to a UAS Ketchikan student for one academic year. Qualified applicants for this scholarship must demonstrate motivation, academic achievement and employment potential in biology or fisheries technology; be either a part-time or full-time degree seeking student; be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 grade point average; and have completed one semester of college level work demonstrating motivation toward higher education. Preference will be given to minority students.

Applications are due to the campus by 5:00pm Monday, August 22. Applications are available at UAS Ketchikan main campus as well as on the web at

The UAS Ketchikan Fisheries Technology Program offers students both a one-year certificate and a two-year associate of applied science degree. Students study the fundamentals of fisheries technology and hatchery management. The program is available both locally and by distance delivery methods. Students successfully completing the program are prepared for work as fisheries and hatchery technicians. The program is designed to be the first steps into a career in fisheries management.



University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan


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