Are you a student from Alaska who is seeking to further their college education? If so, you may be excited to learn that there are a number of funding opportunities for students who have ties to Alaska. Funding is available both to students who are from Alaska as well as students who are attending a college or university within the state of Alaska. Below is a list of Alaska scholarships that may be worth investigating:
Alaska Performance Scholarships are provided through the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. These awards are provided to students based on academic merit and scores on standardized tests. The amount of the awards ranges from $2,378 to $4,755 per year. These awards are provided to high school students from Alaska who plan to attend an accredited university, college, or other qualifying program within the state. The award may be put towards tuition, student fees, textbooks, school supplies, housing, and meal plans. More information regarding these awards can be found at the following website: http://acpe.alaska.gov/FINANCIAL_AID/Grants_Scholarships/Alaska_Performance_Scholarship.
AlaskAdvantage Education Grant is awarded to eligible students based on financial need. The amount of the award ranges from $500 to $4,000 per year. In order to be considered for this award, students must complete the FAFSA and demonstrate that they have an unmet financial need. Furthermore, students must be a resident of the United States and of Alaska. Students must have also graduated high school and have been admitted into an accredited program within the state of Alaska. Students must plan to enroll at least half-time. More information about this award can be found at this link: http://acpe.alaska.gov/FINANCIAL_AID/Grants_Scholarships/Alaska_Education_Grant.
Alaska Space Grant Program Undergraduate Fellowship Program is open to U.S. citizens who are majoring in a STEM field that is relevant to NASA’s mission and goals. Students from minority and underserved backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply for consideration. In order to apply for this award, students must identify a faculty mentor who will collaborate with them throughout their undergraduate degree. Furthermore, students must attend a college or university within Alaska. All application materials must be submitted prior to September 12th and the winners will be announced on October 15th. All applicants are chosen based on a combination of academic merit, proposed research project, and the quality of their letters of recommendation.
The Alaska Community Foundation Scholarships provides various scholarships to Alaskan residents who are planning to attend college. More information and a list of possible grants can be found at the following website: http://alaskacf.org/scholarships.
In addition to the above scholarships, students from Alaska may want to consider completing the FAFSA in order to determine whether they are eligible for any federal scholarships. Next, they may want to inquire with the financial aid office at the college or university they plan to attend. Additionally, students may want to ask about funding opportunities within their intended academic department. Lastly, students may want to inquire at their high school or within community organizations about the availability of scholarships.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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