College, Careers, and Scholarships






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    ACT/SAT Testing Date 2023-2024


    Why should you take the SAT or the ACT?

    Together, your SAT scores and your high school grades can show your potential to succeed in college or career.  The test is not intended to be studied for.  It is supposed to measure your ability and a handful of scholarships, including the Alaska Performance Scholarship, require SAT and/or ACT scores for eligibility.  Take the test and learn a little more about the amazing things you are capable of!


    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    The new 2024–25 FAFSA form should become available in December 2024! Stay tuned for more information about a FAFSA Night at Houston High School, where you can receive help and support while filling out the online application.  Some states and schools have limited funds, so don’t delay! To begin your application, select the “START HERE” button on the FAFSA homepage.  

    For more information, visit fafsa.gov.


    Scholarships are arriving and closing.  Please complete your post-secondary applications, FAFSA, and check in with your counselor for upcoming scholarships.  Many scholarships for UAA, UAF, and UAS close on Feb. 15th.  Get your applications and FAFSA completed soon!!!




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  • JBER Community Club Scholarship - Due date unknown


    To be eligible, applicants must be a graduating high school senior or have a high school or equivalent diploma with plans to attend further education classes within the next school year. Applicant must be a family member possessing a valid military identification card who is the son/daughter/spouse of:

    a. An Active-Duty Military Service Member who is assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER).

    b. An Active Guard or Reserve Component Service Member assigned to a unit on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER).

    c. A Department of the Army or Department of Defense civilian employed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER).

    d. A Retired Military Service Member residing in the Municipality of Anchorage or the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

    e. A dependent of a deceased military member.

    For more information, CLICK HERE!

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  • Mat-Su College, Opportunities Start Here Scholarship - Opens Spring 2024 - Due

    Opportunities Start Here

    Open to new, first-time students preparing to attend Mat-Su College in fall 2024. Award waives 24 credits of tuition applicable to Mat-Su College courses only (up to 12 credits each semester) during the fall 2024 semester and spring 2025 semester.

    To be eligible, applicants must:

    • Must be a new incoming freshman to Mat-Su College.
    • Must be an Alaskan resident.
    • Have earned a high school GPA of 2.75 or higher.
    • Have applied for admission to Mat-Su College or the University of Alaska Anchorage(UAA).
    • Be registered or be planning to register for classes at Mat-Su College for the fall 2024 semester

    Preference is given to students planning to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Arts degree from Mat-Su College. 

    For more inforamtion, CLICK HERE!

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  • Mat-Su College, CTSO Scholarship - Opens Spring 2024 - Due 

    Open to high school seniors graduating in May 2024 and preparing to attend Mat-Su College of the University of Alaska Anchorage during the 2024-2025 academic year. Award waives 24 credits of tuition applicable to Mat-Su College courses only (up to 12 credits each semester for fall 2024 and spring 2025).

    To be eligible, applicants must:

    • Be a high school senior graduating in May 2024 and a member of an Alaska Career & Technical Student Organization (CTSO). These include BPA, DECA, FCCLA, EdRising, FFA, HOSA, & SkillsUSA.
    • Have earned a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher in high school
    • Be registered or planning to register for classes at Mat‐Su College for the fall 2024 semester

    For more information, CLICK HERE!

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  • Associated General Contractors of Alaska Scholarship - Due March 31, 2023

    The Associated General Contractors of Alaska, Inc. (AGC of Alaska) scholarship program is designated to encourage students to pursue a career in the construction industry or related field. Specific career paths include: engineering, architecture, construction management, design, as well as any of the trades, or any other related careers such as safety, accounting, insurance, bonding, and human resources or other related services.

    Scholarship applications must be submitted by March 31, 2023 at midnight Alaska time. The AGC Education, Training and Workforce Development (ETWD) Committee Review team will award up to $20,000 in scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be notified in May.


    1. Applicants must plan to enter the construction industry or a related (supportive) field such as accounting, insurance, bonding, human resources, etc.
    2. An individual must submit a complete application with the following PDF attachments:
      1. One-page essay on career goals. Max 500 words
      2. One-page personal essay (i.e. hobbies, connection to industry, fulltime employment and fulltime student status, family obligations, etc.). Max 500 words
      3. Copy of recent transcripts (depending on applicant status may be high school or college-whichever is most applicable)
      4. Two (2) letters of recommendation written within the last two years.
    3. Applicant must be either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States and a resident of Alaska

    For more information, CLICK HERE!

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  • Announcing BigFuture Scholarships for Class of 2024 and 2025!

    Beginning December 5, 2022, all Juniors and Sophomores in the U.S. and U.S. territories in the Class of 2024 and 2025 can earn chances at $500 and $40,000 scholarships by taking steps on Bug Future to plan and pay for your future.

    Students can earn chances to win these scholarships by completing these six steps.  The more steps they complete, the more chances they have to win.

    1. Start Your Career List
    2. Build Your College List
    3. Start Your Scholarship List
    4. Strengthen Your College List
    5. Complete the FAFSA
    6. Apply to Colleges

    How to Get Started: Students, parents and educators can learn more at bigfuture.org/scholarships. 

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