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First recipient of the THS Patricia Roppel Scholarship Announced


October 06, 2016
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(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Tongass Historical Society announced the selection of the first 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.

jpg First recipient of the THS Patricia Roppel Scholarship Announced

Patricia Ann Roppel

The scholarship was established to honor the memory of Pat Roppel; author, historian, researcher, and two-time recipient of the Alaska Historian of the Year award. 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. Roppel was a supportive member and friend for over 50 years.

2016’s scholarship recipient is Anne Rittgers, a graduate student at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Anne is in the interdisciplinary Arctic and Northern Studies Program and is specializing in Northern History.

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.

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. For more information, visit or call (907)334-6700.

If you would like to apply for next year’s scholarship, or if you wish to make a donation to the fund, you may do so on the Alaska Community Foundation's website at You can also find a link on the Tongass Historical Society webpage at


On the Web:

Patricia Ann Roppel: April 5, 1938 - January 6, 2015
SitNews - January 10, 2015


Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

Tongass Historical Society



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