The Thomas and Cindy Massie Foundation has generously donated $150,000 to the Beringia Settlement Trust (BST) Scholarship Program. The BST Scholarship Program received an overwhelming number of qualified applicants for the next scholarship period and this donation will aid BST in providing scholarship support to students.
“Cindy and Tom have demonstrated exceptional devotion to the advancement of BSNC’s shareholders and descendants through their foundation’s philanthropic efforts,” said BSNC President & CEO Gail R. Schubert. “Their support is tremendously appreciated.”
“The Massie Foundation has provided invaluable support for the shareholders and descendants of the Corporation, for which we are extremely grateful,” said Shareholder Development Director Lucille Sands. “This funding translates directly into the development of future professionals, including teachers, doctors, lawyers, pilots, nurses and corporate leaders, among many other valuable professions and trades. This donation supports our efforts to improve the quality of life of our people by empowering them with valuable tools to strengthen and enhance their future opportunities. Many thanks are extended to the Massie Foundation.
In 2004, Cindy and Tom created The Thomas and Cindy Massie Foundation. Over the years, the Massies have generously supported the Bering Straits Foundation and many Alaska nonprofits and organizations, including the 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.