Katherine E. and John P. Doyle Scholarship supports women in science

John and K Doyle

In 2005 John Doyle created a scholarship in his wife Katherine’s name to honor her life. It was the fulfillment of her interest in providing opportunities for women to pursue science careers. In 2006, when John passed away, the family added his name to the scholarship—now the Kathryn E. and John P. Doyle Scholarship for Women in Science.

John and K were passionate about formal and continuing education. “‘You are never too young or too old to learn’ was a comment frequently heard,” said their son, Douglas Doyle.

During the time John and K were embarking on their careers, women were discouraged from pursuing a college education and aspiring to jobs that require high ability and skill levels. In the science professions—the Doyles’ particular interest—men were by far the predominant gender. It was a situation they wanted to change.

Throughout her life K Doyle advocated for women to have access to higher education, as well as more opportunities in the workplace. K earned her commercial pilot’s license at the age of 20, but because she had a child she was disqualified from flying for a US women’s air transport unit in 1942. She went on to a career as a pilot on many different types of aircraft in the midwestern United States and Alaska, and served as chief stewardess and a ground and inflight instructor for Wien Airlines.

John Doyle was hired by the University of Alaska in the early 1960s to establish a fisheries extension program. As an extension agent John traveled throughout northern and western Alaska, delivering information on fisheries biology and seafood technology to people in the villages. During his visits he encouraged village residents to attend college.

In the late 1960s, John secured funding for positions of broader scope in marine extension and became the leader of the new Marine Advisory Program. When MAP joined the Alaska Sea Grant program, John was tapped as ASG assistant director.

John was instrumental in planning and obtaining funds to build the Fisheries Industrial Technology Center, now called the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. He also taught at the Faculty of Fisheries at the University of Hokkaido in Japan.

John Doyle appreciated and respected the women he worked with in fisheries science. Both John and K supported and nurtured women who pursued college degrees. This scholarship is their legacy to women in science.

The scholarship is offered each year to two female students studying science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Scholarship information

How to apply

For students applying for scholarships, please visit the Kathryn E. and John P. Doyle Scholarship page at ACF.


Donate to the scholarship

ACF welcomes donations to the Doyle scholarship.