UTQIAĠVIK (BARROW), AK (December 3, 2020) – Barrow Mechanical and ACE Hardware Top of the
World, both located in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, have generously matched Pick.Click.Give donations given to
Iḷisaġvik College, for a total contribution of $15,184 of PCG donors and the Barrow Mechanical/ACE
Hardware Top of the World match.
Pick.Click.Give is a program that allows Permanent Fund Dividend beneficiaries to donate to various
nonprofit entities across the state. Barrow Mechanical, a residential plumbing and heating business in
Utqiaġvik, has matched PCG donations for three years in a row. The generosity of Barrow Mechanical
means that in 2018 and 2019 in matching PCG donations, a total of $31,000 was contributed to Iḷisaġvik
College and allocated to the Iḷisaġvik College Foundation to support the College’s sustainability.
This is the first year Ace Hardware Top of the World has joined in matching Pick.Click.Give funds, and the
2020 matching donation was shared equally between entities. Every dollar helps support tribal higher
education, which is essential to our North Slope communities and to individual students’ future success
as leaders, business owners, innovators, and workforce participants.
President of Iḷisaġvik College, Justina Wilhelm said, “We are deeply thankful for the generosity of ACE
Hardware Top of the World and Barrow Mechanical for their support of our students who attend
Iḷisaġvik to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to grow as strong and local workforce and continue
building healthy communities. We are delighted at Barrow Mechanical’s continued support and for ACE
Hardware’s decision to join in matching Pick.Click.Give donations this year. We are sincerely thankful.”
Iḷisaġvik College is thankful to ACE Hardware Top of the World and Barrow Mechanical for their
generous contributions and both were honored at the December 3rd Iḷisaġvik College Board of Trustees
meeting. Quyanaqpak (thank you very much) to Barrow Mechanical and ACE Hardware Top of the
World for supporting tribal higher education.
About Iḷisaġvik College Iḷisaġvik College is Alaska’s only tribal college and is located in the northernmost
village in the United States, Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow). Iḷisaġvik College provides quality postsecondary academic, vocational and technical education in a learning environment that perpetuates and
strengthens Iñupiat culture, language, values and traditions. It is dedicated to serving its students and
developing a well-educated and trained workforce who meet the human resource needs of North Slope
employers and the state of Alaska.
About Barrow Mechanical Barrow Mechanical is a privately-owned residential plumbing and heating
business located in Utqiaġvik, Alaska. It serves the local community with its plumbing and heating
expertise, installation, and repair. Barrow Mechanical is owned and operated by Robert and Florence
ACE Hardware Top of the World is a local hardware business providing local home and repair goods also
owned and operated by Robert and Florence Alred.
Iḷisaġvik College Contact:
Cordelia Qiġñaaq Kellie
External Affairs Manager