Art Jess Scholarship 2019 Scholarship deadline has passed.

The Art Jess Scholarship is not currently accepting applications.

The 2020 Art Jess Scholarship fund ran February 4th – March 31st, 2020. Applications must be submitted no later than 5 pm AKST.

The Art Jess Scholarship fund is open to all Alaskans, and is intended to assist Alaskans with their post-secondary education, including but not limited to trade school, vocational school, Associates or Bachelor degrees, graduate degrees, community colleges and distance learning.

Applicants may be full-time or part-time students. Previous Art Jess scholarship recipients may re-apply in subsequent years.

Applicants are encouraged to review and consider the scholarship preferences prior to submitting an application.


  • Alaska resident
  • Alaska Native, American Indian, and/or Hawaiian Native
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 at the high school or post-secondary level

Preference is given to the following applicants

  • Chilkat Valley resident or a Chilkat Indian Village or Chilkoot Indian Association tribal member
  • Completion of one year of post-secondary education or current enrollment in first year of post-secondary education


Applicants will be asked to provide

  • Proof of Alaska residency
  • Three current letters of recommendation (within the last 12 months)

If applicant is a previous Art Jess Scholarship recipient, one of these must be from applicant’s program advisor.

  • Résumé of education, work experience, activities, personal interests, honors/awards, and volunteer/community service
  • Personal essay (written and media formats accepted)
  • High school or post-secondary transcripts (minimum GPA of 2.5)
  • Statement of financial need

The minimum scholarship amount shall be $1,000 per scholarship. Number of awards and amounts given per year may vary. Award(s) will be announced in May.

IMPORTANT: Successful applicants must submit their student ID number and program information to ACF through the online system before their award can be disbursed. If we do not receive the above information by June 30, 2020, the scholarship may not be awarded. Please contact ACF if you cannot send in the information by this date.

Contact The Alaska Community Foundation with questions: or 907-334-6700