High school seniors from nearly 250 high schools across Alaska have been identified as this year’s class of UA Scholars, qualifying each of them for a $12,000 scholarship to use at any location in the University of Alaska system. In order to be eligible for this prestigious award, students must be ranked within the top ten percent of their class. As of October 20, 939 students have been identified for the honor.
In November, recognition events will be hosted in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Wasilla, Juneau, Kodiak and virtually to honor UA Scholars throughout the state. University leadership, faculty, staff, alumni and current UA Scholars will be present to acknowledge the recipients and their families.
“We are excited to welcome the class of 2023 UA Scholars,” said Lael Oldmixon, the program’s executive director. “Their academic performance distinguishes them as some of the top students in Alaska. Our universities across the University of Alaska system would be privileged to have them as students.”
The events will highlight the diverse and extensive opportunities for UA Scholars within the UA system including study abroad and exchange programs, honors programs, undergraduate research, internships, academic programs and additional scholarship opportunities.
Since its inception, the scholarship program has awarded more than $70 million in academic support resulting in more than 7,000 degrees and certificates for students from nearly every community in Alaska.
UA Scholars are designated as eligible for the scholarship based on their class rank at the end of their junior year. Awardees receive the $12,000 scholarship in $1,500 payments over eight semesters. In addition, UA Scholars are offered free applications for admission. Students have the flexibility to take two semesters off for any reason, including at the beginning, or during their academic career at UA.
“This gives them the opportunity to travel, go on service trips, take a lighter credit load, attend to family business, or explore other life adventures,” Oldmixon said.
While the award is specifically for use within the University of Alaska system, students can use the funds to study abroad (internationally), or study elsewhere in the United States through the National Student Exchange program.
“It’s a great way for students to adventure outside of Alaska while paying in-state rates,” Oldmixon said.
The awards are funded by the University of Alaska Land Grant Trust Fund. The endowment receives revenue from property sales and resource development conducted on university lands. Many UA Scholars also qualify for the Alaska Performance Scholarship as well as other scholarships available through their campus.
The University of Alaska established the UA Scholars Program in 1999 to encourage Alaska students to attend and graduate from college in their home state. It is designed to provide an incentive for secondary school students to achieve academic excellence, to enrich secondary school efforts to provide high quality education, and to encourage high school graduates from every Alaska community to seriously consider the educational pathways that the University of Alaska has to offer. To learn more visit alaska.edu/scholars.