Many different types of scholarships are available to students. This section provides insight to the financial aid and scholarship application process. highlights a few of the region-specific scholarships Alaska students are offered by local organizations, community groups, and by the University of Alaska.
Click the plus (+) symbol next to a heading to find out more information about your options.
The UA Scholars Award is a four-year scholarship offered to Alaskan high school students in the top 10% of their graduating class as determined by qualifying high schools. Determination is based on class standing at the end of the junior year. Contact the UA Scholars Program.
Governor Parnell proposed the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) in 2010 as an invitation to excellence, extended to Alaska students, parents, and educators. The APS is a merit-based scholarship that provides an opportunity for any future Alaska high school graduate who meets a core set of requirements to receive funding to pursue college and/or career training in Alaska
The University of Alaska Anchorage Office of Student Financial Aid posts scholarship applications online on their web page. If you are admitted to a degree program at Mat-Su College and meet any additional requirements of a particular scholarship, you are eligible to apply. Other applications are posted periodically as they become available. Visit the UAA Scholarships website to access current listings. The deadline for most UAA scholarships is mid-February!
Scholarships with Valley residency requirements
Mike Ardaw Scholarship
Applicants for this UA Foundation scholarship must be full-time students and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Preference will be given to students studying the Sciences, Education or Engineering. Preference will be given to students who have been Alaska residents for at least one year and are from the Nancy Lake area (Palmer, Wasilla, Big Lake) and share Mike Ardaw’s love of country. Deadline is February 15 of each year.
Guy A. Woodings Scholarship
Applicants for this UA Foundation scholarship must be majoring in Natural Resource Management and be one of the following in order of preference (deadline is February 15 of each year): 1) a Mat-Su Borough resident attending Mat-Su College; 2) a Mat-Su Borough resident attending any UA campus; 3) a resident of Alaska attending a campus of the UA system.
Mat-Su College offers several scholarships and awards range from $500 to $2000. Visit the UAA Extended Campus Scholarship page for more information.
All of the following scholarships require completion of the UAOnline Scholarship Application. Some scholarships require additional qualifications.
All scholarship titles with an asterisk (*) require some form of supplemental information.
Please note that some of these scholarships prefer, but do not necessarily require, additional information. We encourage you still to submit this information, even if you do not meet all the preferred qualifications.
- Alvin S. and Gloria M. Okeson Endowed Scholarship
- Dr. Betty J. Boyd-Beu & Edwin G. Beu Jr. Scholarship
- Frank & Jennie Clark Memorial Scholarship
- Glenn Massay Endowed Scholarship
- Kathy Lynn Lynch Veterinary Sciences Scholarship
- Marie Narhi Shiesl Scholarship
- Molly Ann Mishler Memorial Scholarship*
- Snodgrass Scholarship
- Dr. Ping-Tung Chang Scholarship*
- UAA LifeMed Alaska Scholarship*
- Career & Technical Student Organization Tuition Waiver Scholarship
- Opportunities Start Here Scholarship
Scholarships are available for students attending any campus in the UA system. Applications and details are available online or from the financial aid office.
Many local businesses and organizations offer scholarships to college students.
- Matanuska Electric Association
- Mat-Su Health Foundation
- Alaska Peace Officers Association
- Foundation for Rural Services, MTA
Beta Sigma Phi
The Mat-Su Chapters of Beta Sigma Phi award an annual scholarship.
Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship Application
Native Corporation Scholarships
Many regional and village corporations provide scholarships to shareholders.