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    The Alaska Performance Scholarship

    Students must take 

    • The SAT or the ACT
    • 4 credits in Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts or
    • 3 credits in Science and Math, 4 credits in Social Studies and Language Arts, and 2 credits in a World Language to qualify.

    Check out the Alaska Performance Scholarship Website for more information.

    To apply for the Alaska Performance Scholarship and other financial aid opportunities, students must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by June 30th of each year.  Visit fafsa.gov 


    To qualify, students must meet minimum test scores on the ACT, SAT, or WorkKeys. Students are strongly encouraged to test between September and March of their senior year to ensure there is enough time for test scores to be recorded on their official transcript.



     Scholarship Opportunities
  • 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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  • Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship - Due January 31, 2024

    Eligibility - Applicants must be:

    • Full-time employees of a roofing industry company or their spouses or dependent children. Employees must have a minimum of one year of full-time employment with their companies as of the application deadline.
    • High school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study.
    • Construction Management students who are enrolled at the undergraduate level regardless of industry affiliation.


    Each recipient is eligible to receive a $5,000 award. Awards are renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study provided recipients meet the annual renewal requirements: maintain a final, cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) at the end of the school year; maintain a qualified major; and maintain the eligibility requirements stated in this application.

    Click here for more information

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  • Union Plus Scholarships Program - Due January 31, 2024

    Scholarship Value: $500 - $4,000
    Award Deadline: Jan 31, 2024

    Eligibility criteria:

    • Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations) are eligible. Grandchildren are not eligible unless a legal dependent (as defined by IRS regulations).  At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one-year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2024.
    • Members of participating unions from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada are eligible.
    • The applicant must be accepted into a U.S. accredited college, university, community college, technical or trade school at the time the award is issued.  Awards must be used for the 2024 - 2025 school year.
    • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.



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  • The Alaska Telecom Association Scholarship - Opens February 2024

    ATA scholarships are available to Alaska resident students to attend accredited higher education institutions.  The application period opens in mid-February and the deadline is typically in mid-April each year.  Additional application information is below.

    Requirements for applications are as follows:

    • Be sponsored by an Active or Associate Member of Alaska Telecom Association.  Please contact the member organization directly to find out about company sponsorship requirements.  ATA verifies student sponsorship with the member company as part of the application process.  Need help finding a contact, email Shari Showalter at showalter@alaskatel.org.

    • Have been a resident of Alaska for not less than four (4) years, or have attended school in Alaska for at least two (2) years.

    • Have demonstrated success in an academic or vocational field.

    • Plan to attend an accredited post-secondary school or training program for at least one year.

    • Official transcripts must be delivered by secured email to ATA. 

    Applications may be submitted online, by U.S. mail, courier or in person.  

    The Scholarship Committee will be reviewing applications in April and May.  Scholarship recipients will be announced at the ATA Annual Meeting in late May 2024.  Shortly thereafter, ATA will mail letters to awardees and verify school information for depositing funds.

    For more information, CLICK HERE!

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  • SWE Greatland Section Scholarship - Due February 7, 2024

    We offer one scholarship in the amount of $2,000 and two scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to female high school seniors who are planning to pursue a degree in engineering through an ABET-accredited program.

    As we award three scholarships and typically receive less than 20 applications, the odds of being selected are good and we strongly encourage all eligible applicants to apply.

    For more information, CLICK HERE!

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  • University of Alaska Foundation Scholarships - Due February 15, 2024

    Scholarships are available to students attending UAA, UAF or UAS, including all community campuses.

    Through one application, students are considered for many scholarship options, including those based on merit, financial need, field of study, life circumstance, outstanding achievement, or any combination of these criteria.

    Applications must be received by February 15, to be considered for most scholarships.  Any applications received through July 15 may be eligible for late awarded scholarships or new scholarships that may open up.

    For more information, CLICK HERE!

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  • Gordon A. Rich Memorial Scholarship - Due February 20, 2024

    Scholarship Value: $50,000
    Award Deadline: Feb 20, 2024

    Requirements and Selection Process

    1. Applicants must be dependent children of full-time employees in the financial services industry (commercial banks, investment banks, securities brokerage firms, insurance companies, fund and asset management companies, credit card and finance companies and similar businesses as determined by the Foundation). 
    2. Students must be graduating high school seniors who are enrolling as full-time first year students in pursuit of a four-year bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States.
    3. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and rank in the top 20% of their class.
    4. Students must demonstrate financial need.
    5. Students must be a US citizen or legal resident.


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  • Indian Health Service IHS Scholarship Program -Opens December 15, 2023 -  Due February 28, 2024

    Eligibility Requirements

    Before you begin your application, confirm that you meet our eligibility requirements, as well as familiarize yourself with the agreement or contract associated with the scholarship that matches your academic pursuits.

    Citizenship Requirements

    You must be a United States citizen (US-born or naturalized) or US national to be considered for an IHS scholarship. Males 18 years or older must be registered for Selective Service.

    Documents that will be accepted as proof of citizenship include:

    • Copy of your birth certificate.
    • Current US passport.
    • Certificate of citizenship or naturalization.

    A copy of a driver’s license or a social security card will not be accepted as documentation of citizenship.

    Tribal/Village Membership Requirements

    • Preparatory and Pre-Graduate Scholarships: Recipients must be a member or descendant of a federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native village.
    • Health Professions Scholarship: Recipients must be a member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native village only.

    Academic Requirement

    Applicants must also meet specific eligibility requirements:

    • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent.
    • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA.
    • Be capable of completing a health profession degree program.
    • Intend to serve Indian people as a health professional in your chosen discipline.

    Program Agreement/Contract

    • Preparatory and Pre-Graduate Scholarships: Be willing to sign an IHS Scholarship Program Agreement [PDF - 67 KB] documenting that you’re committed to continuing your education in your identified health profession degree program.
    • Health Professions Scholarship: Be willing to sign an IHS Scholarship Program Contract [PDF - 1.1 MB] agreeing to a minimum two-year service commitment to practice at an Indian health facility upon completion of your academic and/or post-graduate training.

    For more information, CLICK HERE!


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  • Mat-Su Health Foundation - Opens January 2024 - Due 

    The MSHF Academic Scholarship application period for the 2024-2025 academic year will open on January 2024!

    Vocational scholarship applications are accepted year-round.

    The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) offers two types of scholarships to residents of the Mat-Su Borough interested in pursuing health and human services careers. Academic Scholarships help defray the cost of higher education in health and human services degree programs. Vocational Scholarships help pay for training and certificate programs in health and human services.

    For more information, CLICK HERE!

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  • WTA Foundation Scholarship - Due February 29, 2024

    As of 2008, the WTA Foundation has awarded over $350,000 in academic and trade school scholarships to graduating high school seniors of WTA members.

    To learn more about applying, CLICK HERE!

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  • IAPD Scholarship Program - Due March 29, 2024

    Scholarship Value: $5,000
    Awards Available: 17
    Award Deadline: Feb 24, 2023

    Eligibility Requirements

    To apply for a 2024 IAPD scholarship, college-bound high school seniors and college/university students at the undergraduate or graduate degree level must meet one of the following criteria: 

    1. Be a child of an employee of an IAPD member company, OR
    2. Be employed by an IAPD member company, OR
    3. Be enrolled in one of the following four-year degree programs: 
    • accounting
    • business managment/administration
    • international business
    • marketing
    • supply chain management
    • finance
    • chemical engineering
    • electrical engineering
    • industrial engineering
    • mechanical engineering 
    • process engineering 
    • quality control engineering 
    • industrial production management 

    Candidates must have a minimum of a 3.5 cumulative GPA based on a 4.0 scale. Recipients are ranked based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and presentation. Scholarship applicants are not eligible to win an IAPD scholarship two years in a row. 

    In addition to completing the online scholarship application form, submitted scholarship applications must include the following supporting materials to be considered:

    • A 500-word, one page essay on What traits do you have that will enhance your education and future employment?
    • A current transcript. 
    • The addendum page of this application

     Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. All information submitted will be maintained in confidence and used solely for purposes of analyzing the scholarship application.


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  • Alaska Association of School Business Officials McClain J. "Mack" Easton Memorial Scholarship - Due March 31, 2024


    The Alaska Association of School Business Officials (ALASBO) will award two scholarships for the upcoming school year based on the following guidelines:  

    1. There will be two $1,000 scholarships.  

    2. The scholarship will be available to high school seniors.  

    3. The applicant must intend to enroll in an accredited 2 or 4-year college or university in a degree related course of study or a vocational education program.  

    4. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31 and must include the following:  

    1) Grade transcripts with an accumulative GPA, computed by a school registrar.

    2) SAT and ACT scores highlighted.

    3) List of extra-curricular activities, awards or letters received, offices held, and related achievements.

    4) A handwritten or typed (double spaced) essay of 250-300 words. Subject: My Career Goals and Why I Have Chosen Them.

    5) A letter of recommendation from the school principal or a teacher.

    For more information, CLICK HERE! 

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  • Alaska Peace Officers Association Scholarships - Anchorage Chapter - Opens January 1, 2024 - Due April 15, 2024

    We will award up to two $1500 scholarships to students pursuing educational goals with a career in the criminal justice field as the objective. 

    The Scholarship Committee will consider the following criteria when selecting recipients:  

    • Information submitted on a completed Scholarship Application Form and accompanying essay.  

    • Current academic grade point average.  

    • Enrollment at a post-secondary institution (both the UAF Law Enforcement Academy and the UAS Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy are eligible programs). You may apply before being accepted to a college, but scholarship awards will only be sent to the institution’s financial aid office.  

    • References provided by each applicant.  

    • Financial need.  

    • Mat-Su Borough residency will be given preference. 

    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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  • Equal Opportunity Scholarship - Due March 30, 2024

    Scholarship Value: $500
    Awards Available: 2
    Award Deadline: March 30, 2024 

    Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must meet the requirements below. Please read the requirements carefully to ensure you meet eligibility before applying.

    • Current high school, undergraduate, or graduate school student.
    • 14+ years of age and attending school in the United States.
    • 2.0 GPA or higher.
    • All majors are encouraged to apply.


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  • MTA Foundation - Opens January 2024

    With various scholarships, the MTA Foundation rewards students who demonstrate exceptional talent and achievement.  We award scholarships to support students through their pursuit of technology, business, entrepreneurship, post-secondary education, and more.

    For more information about this scholarship and others, Click Here.

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  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) - Due April 30, 2024


    The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) helps students move forward in their educational journeys by providing a wide range of programs and scholarship opportunities. AISES scholarships help students acquire skills and training that will help them meet the unique STEM needs of our communities. We highly encourage you to apply for all the scholarships you are eligible for! To apply, you must be an AISES member.  

    AISES student members have easy access to scholarships for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Indigenous peoples of Canada through the Online Scholarship Application Information System (OASIS) provided by Indigenous Education, Inc. In OASIS, students will complete a General Application Profile that can be finished, revised and submitted year-round and that will automatically match students only with the scholarship opportunities they are eligible for, and those that are open and available to receive. Creating a General Application Profile is the first step to completing other scholarship applications that you qualify for. 

    For more information on AISES Scholarships and Internships please contact Dr. Johnny Poolaw, Director of Student Success at jpoolaw@aises.org(link sends e-mail). 720-758-9725.

    Scholarship Timeline

    • December 15: Scholarship applications open.
    • April 30: Scholarship applications close.
    • May 7: Letter of Recommendation due.
    • May-July: Scholarships Reviewed.
    • August-September: Award notifications sent on a rolling basis.

    For more information, CLICK HERE!

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  • Arctic Chiropractic "Got a Spine" Scholarship - Due May 2, 2024

    To be eligible for the Arctic Chiropractic "Got a Spine Scholarship" a student must:

    1) Be attending college or university no later than October of 2024.

    2) Be attending college or university on a full-time basis by October of 2024.

    3) Have achieved a GPA of 2.5 or greater during their last academic year.

    4) Be a U.S. or Canadian resident.

    5) Be attending a school in the U.S. or Canada by October of 2024.

    6) Submit answers to the essay questions no later than 11:59 PM EST on the day of the deadline.

    *Note that you can be enrolled in any field of study.

    For more information, CLICK HERE!


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  • Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association Self-Nominated Scholarships

    These scholarship funds are made available for any hospitality student (your school does not need to be affiliated with the Foundation) and you do not need to wait for a nomination to complete the application form. These scholarships include:

    • American Express Scholarship
    • Ecolab Scholarship
    • Banks Brown Graduate Scholarship
    • Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students
    • Incoming Freshman Scholarship
    • Opening Doors to Opportunity Scholarship

    For more information, CLICK HERE!

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  • Alaska CHARR Charles Selman Scholarship - Due date unknown

    Qualifications for the Scholarship

    • Pursuing a career in the Alaska hospitality industry

    • Alaska resident or in the process of becoming a resident

    • Accepted for admission to an accredited university, certificate program, or post-secondary vocational school

    ​• Applied previously? Apply again! We love repeat applicants!

    Application Process:
    1. Fill out the application online.

    2. Include a letter detailing the following: why you are applying, goals in the hospitality industry and your career, whether you plan on staying in Alaska, and what you have done in the hospitality industry so far.

    3. Collect a letter of recommendation.

    4. Attach a current phot of yourself.

    5. Collect a Certificate of Enrollment (Certificate program or Degree program)

    6. Complete the application form and all documents and send (via mail or email) by deadlines for Fall and Spring semesters to Alaska CHARR Educational Fund, Inc. Scholarship Committee 1503 W. 31st Ave. Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99503 or info@alaskacharr.com.


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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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