The Tongass Historical Society is proud to announce that Anne Rittgers, a graduate student at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks,.is the first recipient of the THS Patricia Roppel Scholarship. Anne is in the interdisciplinary Arctic and Northern Studies Program and is specializing in Northern History. The THS Patricia Roppel 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. It was established to honor the memory of Pat Roppel; author, historian, researcher, and two-time recipient of the Alaska Historian of the Year award. Pat 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. She was a supportive member and friend for over 50 years.
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. If you would like to apply for next year’s scholarship, or you wish to make a donation to the fund, please go to the scholarship webpage. You can also find a link on the Tongass Historical Society webpage.