Inuit Circumpolar Council creates scholarship for young Inuit

Annual awards honour Hans-Pavia Rosing, ICC’s first president

A new annual award honours the first president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Hans-Pavia Rosing, seen here in 1980. From left: Oscar Kawagley (Alaska), Jim Stotts (Alaska), Lars Chemnitz (Greenland), Hans-Pavia Rosing, President (Greenland), Mary Simon (Canada), John Amagoalik (Canada), and Aqqaluk Lynge (Greenland). (Photo courtesy of the ICC)

By Jane George

The Inuit Circumpolar Council, which represents more than 160,000 Inuit from Russia to Greenland, has decided to honour one of its founding leaders, Hans-Pavia Rosing, with four US$1,000 annual scholarships in his honour.

The awards are for young Inuit who inspire others, with a recipient selected from each of the following areas: Chukotka, Alaska, Canada and Greenland.

“We recognize the need to highlight those in our communities, who are good leaders and guiding stars,” said an ICC release on the new award.

“We want to highlight and reveal the many good examples of leadership on all levels. There are many young people who run their own businesses, make a living from hunting, do extremely important volunteer work in diverse arenas, economic, social, cultural and political issues.”

Rosing, the first ICC president who served from 1980 to 1986, died last July at the age of 70.

In addition to his involvement with the ICC, Rosing was active in Greenlandic politics, as an MP in the Danish parliament and as an elected member in Greenland’s government. He also was known as a translator, singer and actor.

Applicants should consider what would directly benefit the work of the ICC or promote greater understanding of what the ICC is and does, and how the scope of the award might be tailored to achieve such outcomes, the release said.

To apply, you should be 30 years of age or younger and an Inuk.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 1

The application and more information is available online.

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