Scholarship Application Open: January 15, 2024 - March 15, 2024

ths logo with date THS Patricia Roppel Scholarship was established at The Alaska Community Foundation in 2015 in partnership with The Tongass Historical Society. The Tongass Historical Historical Society is a private, non-profit corporation whose purpose is to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge of the history of Ketchikan and Southeast Alaska for present and future generations. Established in 1961, the Society brings together people of all ages who share an interest in Ketchikan’s rich and colorful heritage. The Tongass Historical Society is actively pursuing the preservation of the information and items intimate with our unique part of Alaska.

This scholarship is in memory of Patricia “Pat” Roppel– author, historian, and Alaskan. Pat moved to Alaska in 1959, where she and her husband Frank grew to love SoutheasternAlaska. Her numerous published works about Southeast Alaska spanned various topics ranging from business to salmon hatcheries in the area.

Pat is remembered as someone who was open and loved to share her love and knowledge with others. Her legacy is remembered in the awarding of this scholarship.

The THS Patricia Roppel Scholarship will provide one annual award of $5,000 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.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current Undergraduate or Graduate student
  • Enrolled or intends to enroll at an accredited college
  • Majoring in the history of Alaska


  • Applicants specializing in Southeast Alaska history or the history of mining, fisheries, or timber in Alaska.
  • Applicants with a GPA of 2.9 or higher.


  • Resume
  • Personal Essay
  • Official Transcripts from an accredited university
  • Verification of enrollment
  • Letters of Reference- 2 required

IMPORTANT: Scholarship recipients 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, 2024, 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

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