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 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.
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 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.
The JJ Klein Scholarship supports Alaskan high school graduates pursuing post-secondary education; however, with a unique caveat. 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.
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 Gambles wanted to support the post-secondary goals of students in Anchorage, AK, a place they made their home for nearly sixty years.
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 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 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 Neal O. Thorpe Memorial Scholarship awards successful applicants $7,500 for up to five years (totaling up to $37,500) with the consideration of a fifth year, in extenuating circumstances. The scholarship will be paid directly to the applicant’s school to cover education 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 Mt. McKinley Lions Club Foundation Scholarship was established at The Alaska Community Foundation in 2018 to benefit graduating seniors at East Anchorage High School.
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 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. Curriculum of the training/conference must be directly connected to the work of volunteer administration.
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.
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 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 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 not currently accepting applications. The 2018 Golden Rule Scholarship will …
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 Kenny Carver Scholarship (Soldotna) is not currently accepting applications. The 2018 Kenny Carver (Soldotna) Scholarship …
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.
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 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.
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 Maurie Harrington Memorial Scholarship is a leadership award given to a Kenai Central High student council member who exhibits exceptional leadership qualities.
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 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 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 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 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.
The Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage Scholarship encourages scholastic performance, cross-country skiing, and participation in community ski activities. The awards provides 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.
The Alaska Winter Olympians Fund Scholarship Program was established to support promising Alaskan athletes. Scholarships will be awarded to Alaskan residents who show regional, national or international promise in Olympic winter sports and also have financial need. The Alaska Winter Olympians Fund Advisory Committee will review applications for grant awards once per year. Qualified applicants must be Alaskan residents and US Citizens, must be competing in one of the winter Olympic disciplines and aim to pursue Olympic success, and must abide by the code of conduct outlined by his/her National Governing Body, if applicable.
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.