Northwest Arctic Borough Scholarships

Scholarships available to Northwest Arctic Borough Residents.

Arctic Chiropractic Scholarship

This scholarship award is available to one high school senior who lives in the Northwest Arctic Borough and is pursuing future greatness.


* Must be from the Northwest Arctic Borough.


April 25

Link to Arctic Chiropractic Scholarship

Association of Alaska School Boards: June Nelson Memorial Scholarship (STATE)

AASB is pleased to honor the late June Nelson,long-time school board member from Kot­zebue. June contributed much to the cause of education through her long career as a school board member. She had many accomplishments during her service as an edu­cation activist. She served on the Northwest Arctic Bor­ough School Board and was appointed by two different governors to serve on the State Board of Education. June gave unselfishly of herself. She served on numerous local and statewide committees in a demonstration of com­mitment to community.

We remember June for her ability to make us laugh when we were in the midst of an intense debate. She could fiercely disagree with you on an issue and yet set it aside to maintain a friendly,respectful relationship. She challenged us to be the best we could be. She filled our lives with laughter and fun times. Most important, we will remember June for her outstanding service on behalf of Alaska’s children.


* Must be a High School Senior

* Must be a graduate from AASB Memeber School District

* Must be accepted as a Full-time Student by a business/ trade/ college insitution.

* 2.5 + GPA


March 8

Link to June Nelson Memorial Scholarship (State)

Caleb Lumen Pungowiyi Scholars Program

A Saint Lawrence Island Yupik Eskimo from Savoonga, Alaska, Caleb Lumen Pungowiyi passionately advocated for sustaining Arctic cultures and peoples. A humble man, Caleb worked tirelessly to develop strong relationships between indigenous peoples and the Western science community. A past president of Kawerak, Inc., Caleb served on many boards and commissions, providing incomparable leadership and wisdom. A generous and loving man, Caleb is survived by his wife, Gladys, his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

During his time as President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Caleb negotiated full access for Arctic Indigenous People to participate in meetings of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy.

Caleb served on the Advisory Committees of the National Science Foundation, the Marine Mammal Commission, and the Alaska Native Science Commission and Oceana.

Our current Scholars extend Caleb’s legacy through their active participation at state, national and global conferences on issues facing the Arctic. Through internships, our Scholars work on critical concerns including food security and marine mammal migration.

Caleb also served as the President of Kawerak, Inc., a tribal consortium whose mission is to improve social, cultural, economic and political conditions in the Bering Strait region.

The impact of Caleb’s legacy and leadership lives on through the continued encouragement and support of Alaska Native leaders in Arctic and marine conservation.


* Enrolled in a tribe located in Norton Sound, Northwest Arctic Borough, or Arctic Slope Borough

* Enrolled in a preferred degree program at an accredited university

* Already have completed 36 credit hours

* Registered for a full-time course load for the upcoming semester (12 credit hours for undergraduates, or full-time equivalent for graduate students)


Fall Semester: July 15

Spring Semester: December 1

Link to Caleb Scholars Program

Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC)

We’re a non-profit electric utility, owned by the people we serve in 57 communities throughout interior and western Alaska. In fact, the AVEC service area is the largest of any retail electric cooperative in the world.

Our members come from many different cultures, speak different languages and some live over a thousand miles apart. Yet, we are united in our efforts to bring a stable source of electricity into our homes and to enhance the quality of our lives.

We invite you to explore this site, learn more about your cooperative and the communities we serve, and see how we can best meet your needs.


* Must be a resident (or primary residence) in a household who’s head-of-household is an active AVEC Member.

* Must be a High School Graduate or GED Equivalent

* 2.0 + GPA


Fall Semester: April 15

Spring Semester: August 15

Link to AVEC

Frank R. Ferguson Scholarship

The Frank R. Ferguson Scholarship Program was created in 1988 in recognition of the contributions made by Senator Ferguson in the Alaska State Legislature throughout his long career of public service to the residents of the state of Alaska and the Northwest Arctic Borough.

This scholarship is for accredited academic schools and individual award may exceed $1,000 per semester or exceed $750 per quarter for full-time students, nor exceed $350.00 per semester or $200.00 per quarter for part-time students.

For vocational or technical schools: No individual award may exceed $500 per training session under three months in length; nor exceed $1,000 per training session over three months in length.

In conjunction with the requirements of this chapter the committee may take into consideration financial need, outstanding performance and community service in making its awards.


* Must be residents of the Northwest Arctic Borough.

* 2.0 + GPA


Annual: August 1

Spring: January 5

Summer: June 1

Vocational: 2 Weeks Prior

Link to FRF Scholarship

Peter MacManus Memorial Scholarship

A “continuing edcuation” schoalrship up to the amount of $2500 will be awarded to a graduating senior and/or previous applicant continuig on in college in the Northwest Arctic School District.


* Must be a resident of the Northwest Arctic Borough.


April 1

Link to Peter MacManus Memorial Scholarship

* Please Note: Students must contact the scholarship/ funding organization to confirm deadlines, applications, qualification standards, requirements, duration, and amounts as this information can change without notice.
This is NOT an exhaustive list of all scholarship/student opportunities available.