The Rev. Dr. Ellen Bruce, a resident of Old Crow, Yukon Territories died at 98. She became an Anglican Priest without being academically qualified, received an honorary doctorate and was given the Order of Canada. All were in agreement that she fully deserved every honor bestowed upon her.
So here's the link to her story. If you want to know an alternative way of being acknowledged as a scholar, read on http://www.yukon-news.com/news/20108/
I met Ellen Bruce on at least 2 occasions - once in Old Crow and once in Haines Junction. She radiated love and devotion. Love and devotion to one's people can qualify someone for an honorary Ph.D.
You might also be interested in learning about education in Old Crow - the school goes to Gr.8 http://www.oldcrow.ca/edu.htm