Education Advocate of the Year

Awarded by the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce
The Bernice M. Joseph Education Advocate of the Year award recognizes a business or individual in the business community that has consistently shown a commitment to education through sustained partnership, outreach, or career development opportunities that improve the educational experience of students and demonstrate partnership, innovation, and creativity.

Bernice M. Joseph Education Advocate of the Year


“This was a great surprise…I really love winning this award personally, not only for our community involvement but also because I have a personal connection with Bernice and worked with her in the UAF MBA program.”
– Anthony Rizk, CEO

The Credit Union is honored to accept the Education Advocate award modeled after Bernice M. Joseph’s work in Interior Alaska. Our educational advocacy in the Fairbanks Community is important to our core beliefs as a credit union, and to the roots of our founding by University teachers. We love being deeply connected and giving back!

“My hope in winning this award is to increase the impact that financial education can have in our community. There are many resources out there, but I believe Banzai is fun, effective, and useful for schools, businesses, and most of all, families.”
– Sarah Geer, Marketing Director

From the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce

“Join us in congratulating our 2021 Bernice M. Joseph Education Advocate of the Year, Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union! Spirit of Alaska believes to its core in launching students into their future with the tools to serve the greater Fairbanks community. This organization had education in its DNA from the start. It was founded to serve the teachers of the greater Fairbanks area. Over the more than 60 years since Spirit of Alaska’s founding, they have led or participated in financial education opportunities for students of all ages. Staff partners with teachers in multiple schools to present on personal finance. In 2012, they made a major commitment to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District by launching an online financial education program with age-appropriate courses for students from 8 to 18-years-old. Teachers guide students through real-life experiences like creating a budget, allocating a paycheck, choosing insurance, and responding to unexpected expenses. These courses are made available for free to local schools and to the community at large through their Banzai portal.”

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