Fast Facts

RRANN began in 1998 with federal grant funds to recruit and mentor Alaska Native and American Indian students in the pursuit of nursing degrees. RRANN helps students in all major regions of Alaska: Aleutian Islands, Far North, Interior, Southcentral, Southeast, and Southwest. This includes rural communities with populations below 100 to urban communities in large cities. 

  • RRANN has proudly seen hundreds of Alaska Native and American Indian students graduate from the School of Nursing.
  • 100% of RRANN students are Alaska Native and/or American Indian.
  • RRANN serves Alaska Native and/or American Indian students from communities across Alaska.

Thankful for What we are Given

  • Our scholarship program is funded by private donations. 100% of monetary donations are used for student scholarships.
  • We serve traditional foods at our gatherings. 100% of traditional foods served at RRANN student gatherings are donated from Alaska Native hunters, fishers, and gatherers.

Honored to Give

  • 100% of RRANN students can be equipped with the required uniform for nursing clinicals through the RRANN uniform-lending library.
  • 100% of RRANN students can be equipped with the required materials for nursing clinicals through the RRANN materials-lending library.
  • RRANN students serve our community:
    • attending the Standing Together Against Rape annual fundraising tea
    • volunteering as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children
    • participating in Native dance groups
    • donating blood
    • volunteering for Big Brothers and Big Sisters
    • volunteering at Alaska Native Medical Center.
  • 100% of RRANN scholarship recipients give a non-monetary gift to their tribe, Native corporation, the University, and/or to the RRANN program. Student gifts include serving as guest speakers, donating traditional foods, and/or submitting photos and content for RRANN publications.
  • 80% of RRANN graduates remain in Alaska to serve our population with excellent and culturally relevant health care.

Three Alaska Native Nurses