UA Scholars Program

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

University of Alaska

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards varies based on the number of eligible applicants. In 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available), there were 256 initial awards given.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  3. Must be designated in the top 10 percent of his/her graduating class.
  4. Must successfully earn a high school diploma from a qualified Alaska high school.
  5. Must enroll in 12 credits or more (full time) beginning the first fall semester following the graduation date of the class with which he/she was designated unless utilizing a leave of absence. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits for the first two semesters in which they receive an award, and must complete 30 credits annually thereafter until the award is concluded.
  6. Must be admitted into a certificate or undergraduate degree program at a University of Alaska campus in order to redeem the award.
  7. Must be a graduating high school senior.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: The UA Scholars Program is an $12,000 scholarship for attendance at the University of Alaska. Any student designated by an eligible Alaska high school as ranking in the top ten percent of his/her class will receive the award if he/she is admitted to any campus of the University of Alaska.

Application requirements for the UA Scholars Program are:

  • Nomination
  • Application form
Additional Information: The purpose of the UA Scholars Program is to provide an incentive for Alaska's middle and high school students to achieve academic excellence, to nourish efforts of schools to provide high quality education, and to encourage the top high school graduates from every community in Alaska to attend the University of Alaska. High schools set their own academic criteria to determine the top 10 percent of their students in the junior class. Typically, cumulative grade point average is the primary consideration. Schools may consider additional academic factors: however, the criteria cannot be based on a student's financial need, intention to enroll or not to enroll at the University of Alaska, continued enrollment at the high school, or results from the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam. Recipients must participate in any mandatory orientation or program required by the campus.

Award Amount: $1,500 per semester, renewable for up to eight semesters, for a total of $12,000. The award will expire after a total of eight semesters of use or within five years of the scholar's graduation from high school. Please note: A scholar may use the award during a summer term if during the preceding spring semester the scholar received a Scholars Award payment. In addition, the scholar must enroll full time for the summer term and be otherwise eligible to use the award. Scholars planning to use their award during a summer term must notify their financial aid office in advance.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $12,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, May 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, May 1

The UA Scholar Award is awarded to the top ten percent of all graduating seniors from Alaska high schools. Students do not apply for this award directly. Each eligible high school has a program administrator who will designate eligible students as UA Scholars by Oct. 1 each year. The program administrator will send a letter to each scholar with official notification of the student's eligibility. Students who are designated as scholars must apply for admission to the University of Alaska (UA) by May 1 for the upcoming award year. Admissions information is available online from the UA campus websites. If a student misses the May 1 deadline date, his/her award will expire.
About University of Alaska:
Contact Information: Lael Oldmixon, Program Administrator
Address: Butrovich Building, Suite 207 P.O. Box 755120 Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-5120

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