BSNC thanks the Thomas and Cindy Massie Foundation for their generous donation of $20,000 to the Bering Straits Foundation. The Massie Foundation’s donation supports scholarships for BSNC shareholders and descendants who are pursuing their educational goals.
“Cindy and Tom’s generosity and commitment to the advancement of BSNC’s shareholders and descendants is a blessing,” said BSNC President & CEO Gail R. Schubert. “Their support of Our People throughout the years makes a difference and we are extremely thankful.”
“The donation provided by the Thomas and Cindy Massie Foundation is extremely generous, and will be used to help fund scholarships for Our People,” said Vice President of Shareholder Development Lucille Sands. “The Thomas and Cindy Massie Foundation has continuously provided donations to the Scholarship Program, which allow numerous BSNC shareholders and descendants to pursue educational and vocational activities. BSNC is extremely grateful for their generous support of Our People over the years.”
The Bering Straits Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps support the Beringia Settlement Trust (BST) scholarship program and provides opportunities and benefits for BSNC original shareholders and descendants in support of their educational and vocational activities. Between 400-500 awards totaling near $750,000 are processed annually. Since 1991, BSNC has provided more than $4 million in funding to support the post-secondary educational goals of BSNC shareholders and descendants. The BSNC Shareholder Development Department provides overall administration, in accordance with the guidelines set by the BST Board of Trustees, for the BST Scholarship Program and activities in order to achieve its core purpose and mission. BSNC shareholder and descendant students can apply for BST Scholarships online at: https://my-cache.org
The Thomas and Cindy Massie Foundation was created in 2004. Over the years, the Massies have generously supported many Alaska nonprofits and organizations, including the Bering Straits Foundation, Covenant Youth of Alaska, the UAA Music program, the Nome Fine Arts Club and the Unalakleet Elders Assisted Living Facility. In 2018, Massie and her husband Tom were awarded the Alaska Federation of Natives Small Business Award for their generous philanthropic efforts advancing causes in Alaska. Cindy Massie, of Unalakleet, is the daughter of the late Clarence and Guerie Towarak.