If you are planning to go to college in Alaska, you have made a good choice. There are many excellent schools in that state. You should also know that there are many scholarship programs available to help you fund your education. This article provides you with information on twenty-five scholarships for which you may qualify. Read each of these descriptions carefully and apply for any eligible scholarships.

A.T. ANDERSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

DEADLINE: June of each year

This program is open to Indian members of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Its purpose is to provide financial assistance to society members majoring in engineering, mathematics, medicine, natural resources, physical science, or the sciences. Annual award is $1,000 for undergraduates or $2,000 for graduate students for one year and is non-renewable. 200 or more awards are made each year.

CONTACT:

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
2305 Renard, S.E., Suite 200, P.O. Box 9828
Albuquerque, NM 87119-9828 USA
505-765-1052
[email protected]

AISES GOOGLE SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: March of each year

This program is open to Indian members of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society pursuing degrees in the computer science, computer engineering and related programming fields. Applicants should be either college sophomores or graduate students with a 3.0 GPA or better. The scholarship provides up to $10,000 ($5,000 for Canadian students) and an all-expenses paid invitation to the Google Scholars’ Retreat in Mountain View, CA.

CONTACT:

AISES Google Scholarship
American Indian Science and Engineering Society
2305 Renard, S.E., Suite 200, P.O. Box 9828
Albuquerque, NM 87119-9828 USA
505-765-1052 x103
[email protected]

ALASKA AMERICAN LEGION WESTERN DISTRICT SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: March of each year

This scholarship is available to college freshmen who are Alaska residents and have a minimum 2.5 to 3.7 GPA. Applicants can pursue any program of study at an accredited university or technical school. The program provides up to a $1,000 award. Required application materials include a 500-word essay, transcript and three letters of recommendation.

CONTACT:

Alaska American Legion Western District Scholarship
American Legion – Alaska
1550 Charter Circle
Anchorage, AK 99508
907-278-8598
[email protected]

ALASKA PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: June of each year

This scholarship is sponsored by the Alaska Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE) and is open to Alaska high school students who take a more rigorous curriculum, get good grades, and score well on college placement or work ready exams. The scholarship helps pay for students to qualified Alaska colleges, universities, or vocational/technical programs. Alaska Performance Scholarships are awarded in three levels based upon the student’s performance and can be worth $4,755 per year.

CONTACT:

Alaska Performance Scholarship
ACPE Success Center- Anchorage Dimond Center Mall
800 E. Dimond Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99515
907-269-7980
[email protected]

ALASKA SPACE GRANT PROGRAM (ASGP)

DEADLINE: September of each year

The Alaska Space Grant Program (ASGP) provides stipends (grant amount dependent on NASA funding) to U. S. citizens majoring in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) fields at the undergraduate level. Students must attend Alaska institutions to receive the grant. Scholastic achievement, career goals and strength of recommendations are considered when awarding the grants. The program gives preference to women and individuals from underrepresented groups such as minorities and Indians.

CONTACT:

Alaska Space Grant Program
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Duckering Hall 207, 306 Tanana Loop
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-5919
907-474-6833
[email protected]

AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKA NATIVE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION FOR NCRS SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: April 1 of each year

This scholarship is annually awarded to two American Indian or Alaska Native students pursuing a degree in natural resources. The amount varies from $150 to $500. To be eligible, applicants must have a 2.5 grade point average or higher, be enrolled at an accredited college, and be pursuing coursework in natural resources. Preference is given to members attending tribal colleges or universities. The scholarship application should also include a short biography of the applicant.

CONTACT:

American Indian/Alaska Native Employees Association For NCRS Scholarship
AIANEA Scholarship Committee Chairman
HC 63, Box 6087
Winslow, AZ 86047
928-657-3251
[email protected]

DAVID E. KNOX MEMORIAL NURSING FELLOWSHIP

DEADLINE: April of each year

This scholarship provides support to students who are pursuing a registered nursing degree with the intention of practicing nursing in small Alaskan communities. The award amount is up to $2,500. Applicants must complete a personal essay, submit recommendations and demonstrate financial need to be considered for this scholarship. The minimum GPA requirement for this award is 3.0. The award can be forfeited if the recipient does not serve for a full year in a small Alaska community.

CONTACT:

David E. Knox Memorial Nursing Fellowship
The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-334-6700
[email protected]

ELMENDORF OFFICERS’ SPOUSES’ ORGANIZATION SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: January of each year

This scholarship program is open to all graduating high school seniors who are dependents of a military service member and who reside in the Anchorage area. Applicants must have a military ID card, must be a US citizen and have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA as well as SAT/ACT score, and Honors and Advanced placement classes. Military rank is not considered. Awardees are selected based upon scholarship, leadership and citizenship.

CONTACT:

Elmendorf Officers’ Spouses’ Organization Scholarship
Elmendorf Officers’ Spouses’ Organization
P.O. Box 6204
Elmendorf AFB, AK 99506-6204
907-753-6134
[email protected]

GEAR UP ALASKA SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: May 31 of each year

This scholarship provides up to $7000 for each year of undergraduate study for students who participated in the GEAR UP Programs in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, and have met the required academic milestones. Applicants must reapply each year and application must be signed by GEAR UP program director. Applicants must be either an Alaska high school senior or have an Alaska high school diploma or GED.

CONTACT:

Gear Up Alaska Scholarship
Special Projects Coordinator
Alaska State Department of Education
801 West 10th Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99811-0500
907-465-6685
[email protected]

JIM SNEAD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: April of each year

This scholarship is aimed towards students of accredited vocational schools, colleges or universities who are either pursuing or interested in a course of study focusing on transportation, international business, or any related industries. Applicants must have been an Alaska resident for at least one year at the time of applying. Applicants can be current college or vocational students as well as graduating high school seniors. Applicants must provide an essay, transcripts and two letters of recommendation.

CONTACT:

Jim Snead Memorial Scholarship
The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-334-6700
[email protected]

JOHN C. ROUILLARD AND ALICE TONEMAH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: June of each year

Applicants for this scholarship must be members of and nominated by a current member of the National Indian Education Association. Applicants must be pursuing an associates, bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree on a full-time basis for the upcoming school year at an accredited university. Applicants should submit a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, a color photograph and their transcripts to be considered.

CONTACT:

John C. Rouillard And Alice Tonemah Memorial Scholarship
National Indian Education Association
110 Maryland Ave, NE, Suite 104
Washington, DC 20002
202-544-7290
[email protected]

KAYHI ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: March of each year

This scholarship enables students from Ketchikan High School to pursue higher education. Awards are made each year to graduating Ketchikan High School students. Over the past 14 years, 49 scholarships totaling $98,800 have been awarded. Applicants should submit a personal essay, statement of financial need, transcript, three letters of recommendation and a completed application in order to be considered for this scholarship. Children of Ketchikan High School alumni are given preference for this scholarship.

CONTACT:

Kayhi Alumni Scholarship
The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-334-6700
[email protected]

MELISSA FAYE PIKE SCHOLARSHIP FUND

DEADLINE: April of each year

The Pike Scholarship is available to graduating seniors of Dimond High School, Anchorage. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in dancing, acting, modeling, or veterinary medicine and are expected to have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Scholarship was founded in memory of Melissa by her family to help students from Dimond High further their education. Melissa loved animals, thought school was a social time and had a great smile.

CONTACT:

Melissa Faye Pike Scholarship Fund
The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-334-6700
[email protected]

MGMA WESTERN SECTION SCHOLARSHIPS

DEADLINE: June 1 of each year

This scholarship was established by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Western Section to assist students interested in pursuing medical office management through undergraduate or graduate education. Individuals who have been Alaska residents for at least two years and wish to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree in medical practice management at an accredited university or college are eligible to apply. The amount awarded may be up to $2000.

CONTACT:

MGMA Western Section Scholarships
American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE)
104 Inverness Terrace East
Englewood, CO 80112-5306
303-799-1111
[email protected]

NORTHWEST OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL FOUNDATION REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

DEADLINE: April of each year

This scholarship sponsored by the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation provides scholarship support for second-, third- and fourth-year students from the Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) attending any accredited osteopathic medical school in the United States. In 2013, eight Alaskan students received scholarships. In total, over 30 awards between $2,500 and $10,000 were made. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and commitment to the practice of osteopathic medicine in the Pacific Northwest.

CONTACT:

Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation Regional Scholarships
1327 SE Tacoma St. #326
Portland, OR 97202
503-222-7161
[email protected]

NEAL O. THORPE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: May of each year

This scholarship is targeted towards Alaskan students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college. It provides $7,500 per year for up to five years, renewable annually. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be an Alaska resident, be a graduate of an Alaskan high school or equivalency program and be accepted or enrolled at one of the specific Pacific Northwest colleges listed in the scholarship guidelines.

CONTACT:

Neal O. Thorpe Memorial Scholarship
The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-334-6700
[email protected]

NORDIC SKI ASSOCIATION OF ANCHORAGE SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: April of each year

This scholarship awards up to $1,500 toward post-secondary educational expenses for Alaskans who are either high school seniors or current college students. Applicants must have been members of their high school cross-country ski team during their junior and senior years, have at least a 2.7 GPA and have individual or family memberships in the NSAA. In 2012, the NSAA awarded $9,000 in aid to seven outstanding students.

CONTACT:

Nordic Ski Association Of Anchorage Scholarship
Nordic Ski Association Of Anchorage
203 W. 15th Ave. #204
Anchorage Alaska 99501
907-276-7609
[email protected]

PRIDE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

DEADLINE: July of each year

This foundation provides college scholarships to current and future students from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and straight ally community from the Pacific Northwestern states. In 2012, six students from Alaska received a total of $21,500 in scholarships from the Pride Foundation. This scholarship does not have a minimum GPA requirement; awards are made based upon demonstration of commitment to social justice and LGBTQ concerns and community leadership. There is also no age requirement.

CONTACT:

Pride Foundation Scholarships
Pride Foundation
3201 C #110
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-249-6628
[email protected]

RED BOUCHER SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: February of each year

This scholarship support Alaskan students who are pursuing a career in a technology related field. It provides an annual award of $1,000. Applicants must either be a graduate or a currently enrolled senior at an Alaskan high school with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Preference is given to students with demonstrated financial need. Applicants should submit a 1,000 word essay, transcripts and two letters of recommendation to be considered for this scholarship.

CONTACT:

Red Boucher Scholarship
The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-334-6700
[email protected]

SHAYNA MARIE PRITCHARD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: April of each year

This scholarship was established by the Pritchard family to honor their daughter and sister. All applicants must be graduating seniors at Nikiski High School. Strong preference will be given to applicants pursuing a career in Massage Therapy or a Trade/Vocational degree program. There is no minimum GPA or financial need requirement for this scholarship. The Nikiski High School Counseling Department accepts applications for this scholarship from students.

CONTACT:

Shayna Marie Pritchard Memorial Scholarship
The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-334-6700
[email protected]

SHELLY SZEPANSKI MEMORIAL FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: May of each year

This scholarship provides up to $5,000 to help female students earn their private or commercial/instrument ratings, including a float rating. Applicants must be enrolled in a science related degree program (preferably wildlife biology or natural resources) and have passed the Federal Aviation Administration written flight test and medical exam. Preference is given to students who are enrolled in the University of Alaska system and have demonstrated financial need.

CONTACT:

Shelly Szepanski Memorial Flight Scholarship
The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-334-6700
[email protected]

SITKA SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: April of each year

This scholarship was established to honor the memory of the Alaska Pulp Corporation. It is available to Sitka High School seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education. Selection will be based on outstanding academic achievement and or special talent. There will be three $5,000 scholarships awarded per year and they are renewable for four years. Scholarships are contingent upon students maintaining good standing and carrying the full required course load.

CONTACT:

Sitka Scholarship
The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-334-6700
[email protected]

SVEN AND LORRAINE ERIKSSON SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: June of each year

This scholarship provides funding of up to $2,500 per year for up to 4 years (maximum of $10,000) to Alaskan students studying electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, or music at the University of Alaska. To qualify for this scholarship, high school seniors must have at least a 2.5 GPA and continuing college students must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Financial need and demonstrated leadership skills are also required.

CONTACT:

Sven and Lorraine Eriksson Scholarship
The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-334-6700
[email protected]

TIM AKERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: May of each year

This scholarship will provide an award of $1,000, paid directly to the students’ university or trade school. Applicants must be an Alaska resident with a minimum 3.0 GPA pursuing a technology education or training degree. Applicants should submit a transcript, an essay describing their accomplishments and community involvement and at least one letter of recommendation to be considered for this award. Preference is given to applicants who have demonstrated financial need.

CONTACT:

Tim Akers Memorial Scholarship
The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-334-6700
[email protected]

WRANGELL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: April of each year

This scholarship was established to honor the memory of the Alaska Pulp Corporation. It is available to Wrangell High School seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education. Selection will be based on outstanding academic achievement and or special talent. There will be three scholarships awarded per year in an amount up to $5,000 per year, and the scholarships are renewable for four years. Scholarships are contingent upon students maintaining good standing and carrying the full required course load.

CONTACT:

Wrangell Scholarship
The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-334-6700
[email protected]

As you can see from the above, there are numerous scholarship opportunities for students seeking to attend school in Alaska. Use this article as a starting point for your own additional research.