Scholarship Program Overview

Scholarships at the Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) are made possible by donors who are passionate and committed to helping Alaska’s students pursue their educational dreams.

At ACF, we understand that researching and applying for scholarships is confusing and time-consuming. The good news is that the earlier in high school you prepare to apply for a scholarship, the more likely you will be awarded one! We wish to support you as much as we can during the application process.

We have over 40 scholarships available, some of which you may be eligible for. Look at our quick step-by-step process that will help you navigate the scholarship process – start to finish.

  • Research Colleges, Universities, and Trade/Vocational schools; APPLY!
  • Get organized; high school or post-secondary transcript, ask for letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, supervisors, apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Research open and close dates for scholarships at ACF, Alaska Native Corporation Foundations, Alaska Commission Performance Scholarships, and out-of-state opportunities.

Deadlines and criteria will vary for each scholarship award. Please review the information for each scholarship to determine your eligibility before applying.

To be prepared prior to applying, see below is a list of common criteria students are asked to provide:

  • Personal Statement/Essay
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts for high school or post-secondary education
  • Proof of Acceptance to post-secondary education (College, University, Vocational, Technical)
  • Financial information including the cost of attending, school package of financial assistance; scholarships and other funding; personal contribution; family contribution; total unmet financial need
  • Optional: Student Aid Report (SAR) – If you have not yet completed your FAFSA, now is a great time!

All applications must be submitted by 5 pm AKST on the date they are due.

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Red Boucher Scholarship Fund

Applications Open: October 5, 2021 - January 20, 2022

The Red Boucher Scholarship supports outstanding Alaskans pursuing careers in technology education and/or training.

Dorothy and Dona Lee Croft Scholarship for Young Musicians

Applications Open: December 1, 2021 - February 3, 2022

Applicants must be a current Middle or High School student attending a music education program/camp.

Don DeWitt Scholarship Fund

Applications Open: January 6, 2022 - March 17, 2022

Students within the Fairbanks North Star Borough with a GPA of 2.75-3.5 are eligible for this scholarship. Please click the scholarship hyperlink for more information.

Art Jess Scholarship Fund

Applications Open: January 20, 2022 - March 31, 2022

The Art Jess Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships of at least $1,000, renewable up to 4 years for eligible Alaska Native students. Students must have a GPA of at least…

Donald Giles Vocational Scholarship Fund

Applications Open: January 20, 2022 - April 7, 2022

Petersburg, Seward or Homer community member that has received their High-school diploma or GED certificate within the past two years may apply for this scholarship to attend vocational schooling.

Dr. Merritt Olson Academic Scholarship

Applications Open: January 20, 2022 - April 7, 2022

Applicant must be a graduating West High School senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA required.

EMC Engineering Scholarship Fund

Applications Open: January 20, 2022 - April 7, 2022

Alaska High School seniors pursuing a 4 year degree in Engineering, architecture, construction management or similar.

Gary Martin Swim Scholarship

Applications Open: January 20, 2022 - April 7, 2022

Students entering or already enrolled in a post-secondary university or trade school who were involved in high school swimming, with may be eligible. Students with a 2.5 - 3.5 GPA…

GCI Scholarship

Applications Open: January 20, 2022 - March 17, 2022

Graduating senior in an Alaskan High School with a 2.8 GPA or higher. Study focus in the STEM field.