Art Jess Scholarship 2018 Deadline has passed

The Art Jess Scholarship is not currently accepting applications.

The 2018 Art Jess Scholarship will run March 8, 2018 – April 26, 2018. Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm AKST.

The Art Jess Scholarship is open to all Alaskans, and is intended to assist Alaskans with their post-secondary education, including but not limited to trade schools, vocational schools, undergraduate and graduate schools, community colleges and distance learning.

The Art Jess Scholarship Fund was created in 2017 through the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation, an Affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation.

Art Jess, a member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, was born kind-hearted and generous, qualities he kept his whole life. He spent six decades in Alaska where he served in the Army and National Guard, and worked on notable projects like the Trans Alaska Pipeline, Klondike Highway, and the Point Lay relocation. Eventually, Art settled in the Chilkat Valley where he was an active and generous community member for 30 years.

Art Jess was a champion for spiritual and social advancement of humanity in general and of Native American people in particular. According to his daughter, “Art believed in the best of people, that the world is a beautiful place, that all is well, and that everything will work out.” Art was a lifelong learner, and believed that a person never really graduated until life was over.

The Art Jess Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships of at least $1,000. Number of awards and amounts given per year may vary. Preference will be given to applicants who are Alaska Native, American Indian, and/or Hawaiian Native; a Chilkat Valley resident or an individual with connection to Chilkat Valley tribes; and/or have completed one year of post-secondary education.


  • Alaska resident
  • Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the high school or post-secondary level

Preference is given to the following applicants:

  • Alaska Native, American Indian, and/or Hawaiian Native
  • Chilkat Valley resident or an individual with connection to Chilkat Valley tribes
  • Completion of one year of post-secondary education


  • Proof of Alaskan residency
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume and/or summary of work experience, activities, personal interests, honors/awards, and volunteer service
  • Personal Essay (written and media formats accepted)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Statement of financial need
  • If applicant is a previous Art Jess Scholarship recipient, a progress report and current recommendation letter from program advisor

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 September 30, 2018, 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