“I’m just hoping I can help as many people along the way as I’m able.”

Gloria and Alvin Okeson have been a part of Matanuska-Susitna College since the very beginning, and played a pivotal role in the growth and development of the college. For more than 20 years Alvin served as director of Mat-Su College, while Gloria volunteered her time as a bookkeeper when there were no funds to hire more staff. In fact, the whole Okeson family has been involved with the college over the years. All three of the Okeson children (Phil, Mark and Pam) took classes at Mat-Su College while in high school to better prepare them for their transition to university studies.

“[The scholarship] was one of those things we were building and growing and working hard to keep afloat.”

Although Alvin passed away in 2011, the legacy of his commitment to Mat-Su College lives on in the Okeson family through their support of the Alvin S. and Gloria M. Okeson Scholarship. Endowed in 2010, the Okeson Scholarship provides vital financial assistance for non-traditional students at Mat-Su College.

“You can never go wrong giving to a scholarship. It gives students an extra incentive that they can’t get elsewhere. If you’re in a position to help, contributing to the success of young people is very rewarding.”

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