Making Dreams a Reality
The Alaska Community Foundation awards scholarships made possible by passionate community members who are committed to helping Alaskans pursue their educational dreams. The specific criteria, application requirements, and deadline varies by scholarship. Please review the guidelines for each scholarship to determine your eligibility before applying.
The Shelly Szepanski Memorial Flight Training Scholarship, a fund of The Alaska Community Foundation, will provide an award of up to $5,000 to help qualified applicants earn their private or commercial/instrument ratings, including a float rating.
Professional Development of Volunteer Administrators Scholarship Deadline: Thursday, April 11th, 2019 by 5:00pm AKST
The Professional Development of Volunteer Administrators Fund was established by the Anchorage Association for Volunteer Administrators to promote professional development of volunteer administrators. Awards will support up to $2,000 of the cost of the training. Awarded funds may support activities such as attending trainings/conferences and related expenses.
The Wrangell Scholarship was established in 2011 to honor the memory of Tadao Sasayama, Founder of the Alaska Pulp Corporation. Since 1954, the Alaska Pulp Corporation has been a part of the Wrangell and Sitka communities. Mr. Sasayama was the founder and the First Chairman of Alaska Pulp Corporation. He was a frequent visitor to Wrangell and displayed a keen interest in Alaska and its people. He retired in 1971 and passed away three years later at the age of 78.
Scholarships are available to Wrangell High School seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education, including trade/vocational schools.
The Sitka Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 to honor the memory of Tadao Sasayama, Founder of the Alaska Pulp Corporation. Scholarships are available to Sitka High School seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education. Selection will be based on outstanding academic achievement and or special talent. Scholarships are $20,000 total ($5,000 per year, renewable for four years) and are dependent upon students maintaining good standing and a full course load as prescribed by the post-secondary school.
The generosity of Ketchikan High School’s alumni is evidenced through the KAYHI Alumni Scholarship. This award is offered to a current year graduating senior of KAYHI. Awards will be made at the annual scholarship assembly at Kayhi. Scholarship award amount varies.
The Chef Cotter Scholarship was established at The Alaska Community Foundation in 2015 in memory of Jonah Cotter.The Chef Cotter Scholarship will award one $1,000 scholarship to an Alaskan high school senior or student attending a post-secondary institution and pursuing a career in culinary arts or the hospitality and tourism industry.
The David E. Knox Memorial Nursing Fellowship supports outstanding candidates in the pursuit of registered nursing degrees and service to small Alaskan communities. This scholarship provides awards of up to $2,500 for those who agree to practice as a nurse/RN in a small community within the state of Alaska for a minimum of one year. The award is available to nursing students in 2, 3, and 4 year programs, but favors those near completion of their degree.
The Dr. Merritt C. Olson scholarship will provide an award of up to $2,500 per year for up to 4 years (maximum of $10,000) to an outstanding West High student with demonstrated financial need.
Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage Scholarship Deadline: Sunday, March 31st, 2019 by 5:00pm AKST
The Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage Scholarship encourages scholastic performance, cross-country skiing, and participation in community ski activities. The award provides $1,500 toward educational expenses at a college or university to Alaska residents who are high school seniors or currently enrolled as college students.
GCI is committed to developing Alaska’s next generation of leaders and is giving $100,000 statewide to in scholarships for Alaska students who are pursuing secondary education. The GCI Scholarship Program will award scholarships up to $2,000 each to 50 students for the upcoming academic year.
The Shayna Marie Pritchard scholarship was established by the Pritchard family in honor of their daughter and sister Shayna Marie Pritchard. Applicant must be a senior at Nikiski High School. Strong preference will be given to applicants pursuing a career in Massage Therapy, or a Trade/Vocational degree. Special notice will be given to applicants who show an exceptional ability to overcome life challenges.
The Mt. McKinley Lions Club Foundation Scholarship was established at The Alaska Community Foundation in 2018 to benefit graduating seniors at East Anchorage High School with demonstrated participation in community service activities during high school, earning a B average.
The Ninilchik School Memorial Scholarship was established at the Alaska Community Foundation in 2008 to honor former students: Lars Hansen, Heather Henderson, Heidi Fletcher and Village Elder, Irene Kraskoff. The scholarship is awarded to graduating Ninilchik High School students who demonstrate school spirit and involvement, good academic standing and desire for further education.
The Luella James Scholarship is open to graduating seniors of Seward High School who are continuing on to college or vocational school. This scholarship is dedicated to Luella James, as she would be delighted to help a young person receive the education which she valued so, and, ultimately gave to others herself.
The Golden Rule Scholarship is currently accepting applications. The 2019 Golden Rule Scholarship will run …
Kenny Carver was a long time Kenai area resident who owned and operated Kenny Carver Drilling and was active in many community affairs. Please see the scholarship page for more details on eligibility.
The Kenny Carver Scholarship (Soldotna) is currently accepting applications. The 2019 Kenny Carver (Soldotna) Scholarship will …
The Carl Seaman Scholarship was created in memory of Carl Seaman, who was a businessman and council member in Kenai from the late 1950s to the 1980s. He was a supporter of Kenai Central High School when it was built in the 1960s. His son Mike, daughter Carla, daughter-in-law Joan, and granddaughters Julie and Michelle are graduates of KCHS.
The Maurie Harrington Memorial Scholarship is a leadership award given to a Kenai Central High student council member who exhibits exceptional leadership qualities.
The Harry H. Hirshik Scholarship supports Alaskan students pursuing education or training in the field of automotive mechanics. Harry H. Hirshik was military-civil employee-mechanic. He lived in Eagle River and loved Alaska.
The Tim Akers Memorial Scholarship supports outstanding Alaskan students in the pursuit of technology education and/or training. The Tim Akers Memorial Scholarship will provide an award of $1,000. Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need.
Don DeWitt passed away in November of 2017, and ACF has a scholarship in his honor. Thanks to the generosity of Mr. DeWitt, the scholarship opens in 2019 in time for the graduating seniors in Fairbanks to apply for this award. His legacy will make a difference for generations to come.
The Sven E. and Lorraine Eriksson Alaska Scholarship will provide awards of up to $2,500 per year for up to 4 years (maximum of $10,000) to Alaskan students studying engineering or music at the University of Alaska.
The Kathryn E. and John P. Doyle Scholarship Fund was established with The Alaska Community Foundation in 2015. The Kathryn E. and John P. Doyle Scholarship supports female graduate and undergraduate students studying a degree in science and attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Two awards will be made of up to $5,000. One for a graduate student and one for an undergraduate student. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.
Toby Gamble and Janet Helen Tolan Gamble Educational Scholarship Open for Applications March 7, 2019 - April 25, 2019
The Toby Gamble and Janet Helen Tolan Gamble Educational Scholarship was established at The Alaska Community Foundation in 2015, with the inaugural scholarship cycle beginning in the spring of 2018. The Toby Gamble and Janet Helen Tolan Gamble Educational Scholarship supports high school students in Anchorage with a preference for students who intend to study vocational technology, education, pre-med, law, business management, theology, or sports.
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. Applicants are encouraged to review and consider the scholarship preferences prior to submitting an application.
The JJ Klein Scholarship supports Alaskan high school graduates pursuing post-secondary education. Preference will be given to applicants with a GPA from 2.0 to 3.2; those with GPAs above 3.5 will not be considered. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need. The JJ Klein scholarship will provide a one-time award of up to $10,000.
fter retiring from the military, Dr. Halligan fulfilled a decades long dream and moved to Alaska to become the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Providence Alaska Medical Center. He has since expanded state of the art cancer care in Alaska by opening Radiation Oncology Clinics in Soldotna, Juneau and the MatSu Valley so Alaskans could receive care closer to their homes. The Dr. John Halligan Scholarship will provide a $2500 scholarship to an undergraduate student studying the health sciences in pursuit of a medical career, to further help improve health care in Alaska.
The Frank and Carol Pinkerton Orchestral Scholarship Open for Applications March 7, 2019 - April 25, 2019
The Frank and Carol Pinkerton Orchestral String Instrument Scholarship is for students who display talent, dedication to music and a serious commitment to an advanced music education study program in a recognized music school, college, or university. This is a completion scholarship for students who have declared a major in music education and provides funding up to 2 years. The scholarship will be paid directly to the applicant’s university to cover tuition, musical instruction or other direct musical expenses.
The Gary Martin Swim Scholarship Fund was established with The Alaska Community Foundation in 2015 in honor of Gary Eugene Martin. His legacy carries on today through the awarding of the Gary Martin Swim Scholarship.Awards of $1,000 will be made to students entering or already enrolled in a post-secondary university or trade school, who were involved in high school swimming. Preference will be given to applicants with a GPA 2.5-3.5 who demonstrate financial need.
The Megan Rawson Scholarship assists an East High graduate who intends to pursue a career in teaching. This honors the late Megan Rawson, who graduated from East High in 2007. After completing a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at the University of Chicago, Megan joined the Teach For America program. She worked at a Navajo school in Crownpoint, NM, and the experience changed her career direction.
The THS Patricia Roppel Scholarship was established at The Alaska Community Foundation in 2015 in partnership with The Tongass Historical Society. This scholarship is in memory of Patricia “Pat” Roppel– author, historian and Alaskan. The THS Patricia Roppel Scholarship will provide one annual award of $5,000. Awards will go to students who are majoring in history of Alaska at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students either need to be enrolled or intend to enroll at an accredited college.
The City of Hoonah created a scholarship years ago to demonstrate its commitment to arts education. Young people in the community compete annually for a full or partial scholarship to the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Applications are due in the spring for that summer’s camp.
The Red Boucher Scholarship honors the late H.A. “Red” Boucher. It supports outstanding Alaskans pursuing careers in technology education and/or training. Awards are up to $1,000.
The Scott Fibranz Memorial Baseball Scholarship Fund was established with The Alaska Community Foundation in 1997. This scholarship awards baseball players to further their college education.