Education Funds


WISE’s mission is to provide science and environmental education to all age groups, foster and make readily available resources for learning, support and participate in scientific research, and share the natural wonders of the Copper River Basin ( The WISE fund invests a portion of the WISE’s financial reserves in an effort to grow those funds steadily over time, building the organization’s resiliency.

Tom and Mary Lou Friesen Scholarship

The Tom and Mary Lou Friesen Scholarship seeks to support students with a demonstrated financial need and wants to pursue vocational training. The student achieved personal successes, not necessarily academic success in high school, and is committed to a successful future career in a vocational endeavor.

THS Patricia Roppel Memorial Scholarship

The THS Patricia Roppel Memorial Scholarship is a $5,000 award made annually to an undergraduate or graduate student who is either enrolled or intends to enroll at an accredited college and majoring in history, pursuing the study of Alaska. A preference will be given to a student with a GPA of 2.9 or higher. A preference will be given to an applicant specializing in Southeast Alaska history, or the history of mining, fisheries, or timber in Alaska

Sven & Lorraine Eriksson Alaska Fund

Scholarship to provide awards of up to $2,500 per year for up to 4 years (maximum of $10,000) to Alaskan students majoring in engineering or music at the University of Alaska. Students who receive this scholarship award must reapply each year to be considered to continue to receive scholarship funds.