This spring Salmon Sisters helped support a local scholarship that was available to the graduating seniors of Homer High School. The Drew Scalzi Memorial Maritime Scholarship was established in 2006 by North Pacific Fisheries Association, community donors, and the Scalzi Family, in memory of Drew Scalzi who was a commercial fisherman, representative in Alaska's legislature, and friend to our family.
The underlying philosophy of the scholarship is to nurture young adults pursuing their careers in the maritime field or who are from fishing or maritime families. We wanted to help provide graduating seniors further opportunity to pursuit an education after high school.
This year the scholarship was awarded to Deonsy Konev, who will study Information Technology at AVTEC (Alaska Vocational Technical Center). Deonsy is from a fishing family, the oldest of six kids, and the first male in his community of Russian Old Believers to go on to college.
It is important to us that we're able to give back to local outlets that supported us, and our inspirations, when we were in high school. We think it's awesome that Deonsy has chosen to continue his education, and we hope his learning experience at AVTEC is a positive one.
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Since starting our business, we have been sure of one thing: we love our customers! You have pushed us to new places and inspired us everyday with your enthusiasm for what’s wild and strong and beautiful in the world. We wanted to create a special experience for our customers that goes beyond our webshop, and lets us be more flexible and connected to our Alaskan community. We’re excited to announce the newest additions to our Salmon Sisters family, the Fleet and the Flagship!
Last summer, we had the opportunity to host a film crew from Maersk, a Danish shipping company that plays a major role in Alaska's seafood industry, during our fishing season. This project made us think about what it means to share the fish we catch and our designs with the world. Our passion is providing people with healthy sustainable wild seafood, and honoring our relationship with the ocean by creating good sand garments that speak to the wildness in all of us.
Every week we share the stories of Alaskan makers and young fishermen on our social media channels. This project has given us a deeper appreciation for the community who work on Alaska waters and those who work to create Alaska goods. Everyday we learn from new people who inspires us to be better fishermen and create more beautiful things. Enjoy the following stories from a few of the Alaskan fishermen and makers we've learned from. Stay tuned for more wonderful stories this summer!