Scholarship & financial Aid

Scholarship Opportunities and Financial Aid Information

General Financial Aid Information:

Catching the Dream (formerly known as the Native American Scholarship Fund) makes grants to Native college students and works to improve Indian schools. Download their "must read" guide: How to Find and Win Scholarships

Cook Inlet Region, Inc (CIRI): The major goal of The CIRI Foundation (TCF) is to encourage the education and career development of The Foundation's Alaska Native beneficiaries through post-secondary scholarships and grants, research and other education projects. Download their "must read" guide: CIRI 2019-20 Education Resources Handbook to review Alaska Native Scholarship Programs and access a great deal of other valuable information.

College Board Scholarship Search

Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion. Start your scholarship search.

Senator Murkowski's office has a great website for students to access a wealth of information about Financial Aid.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Completing the FAFSA is the first step towards getting federal aid for college, career school, or graduate school. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. To get started, open the FAFSA Online Application.

For additional support with completing the FAFSA open the FAFSA Help Resource

Download step by step instruction distributed by Alaska Commission on post secondary Education

General Scholarship Websites:

FastWeb is an online scholarship matching and college search service. Open FASTWEB.

Important Scholarship Programs:

Arctic Education Foundation (AEF): "The AEF was established in 1977 as a non-profit foundation committed to providing support to eligible students pursuing either a degree or certification. The goal of the Foundation is an educated, trained, Iñupiat professional workforce ready to take on any job, especially those jobs requiring professionals within the North Slope region. All applicants who meet eligibility requirements and show a financial need are funded." For more information view Deadlines: December 1; March 1; May 1.

The AEF Ivalu Scholarship was created to honor eligible applicants who are making noteworthy and influential contributions to their community through their community cultural service commitment of their personal time to projects and activities which strongly incorporate the Iñupiaq values. For more information visit Ivalu.

The Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) Program: "The Alaska Performance Scholarship provides an opportunity for Alaska high school students to earn a scholarship to help cover the cost of an Alaska postsecondary education. Alaska high school students who take a more rigorous curriculum, get good grades, and score well on college placement or work ready exams, can earn an Alaska Performance Scholarship to qualified Alaska colleges, universities, or vocational/technical programs." For more information about the program open APS Scholarship Information.

The UA Scholars Program: "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." To learn more about this program open UA Scholars Information. Deadline: May 1, 2019

The Native Village of Barrow Higher Education Grant Program

This program is for Barrow residents. Eligibility:Students who are enrolled with the Native Village of Barrow; Students who are part of a Federally recognized tribe. Open NVB Scholarship web page. Deadlines: December 15; May 15; August 15.

Scholarship Opportunities:

Alaska Broadcasters Association Scholarship The application period for the Alaska Broadcasters Association Linda Simmons Scholarship is now open to all graduating high school seniors. Visit the site to download application. Deadline: April 1.

Alaska Community Foundation Scholarships Download a list of scholarships pertinent to NSBSD students.

American Indian Education Fund: The American Indian Education Fund was established to support educational opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students. Our vision is strong, self-sufficient American Indian communities. Scholarships are awarded for each school year and are chosen by a national selection committee. Decisions are based on an overall assessment of the application. Visit site to download application. Deadline March 1 & April 4.

Arctic Education Foundation (AEF), Anaġi Leadership Award: The Anaġi Leadership Award was created to acknowledge the leadership of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation’s former president, Jacob Anaġi Adams. The Anaġi Leadership Award covers tuition, fees, books, room and board, and shall be used for college or training expenses. The application period for the Anaġi Leadership Award is open from January 1-April 15. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. Please visit the website for more Information Deadline April 15.

ASNA's Guy Okakok, Sr. Leadership Award: To provide academic scholarship to eligible North Slope tribal members who are interested in post-secondary health care, social services, or health-related certificated programs. Click here for Scholarship Information and Application Deadline June 30.

ASTAC Scholarship ASTAC annually awards two $1,000 scholarships to two resident senior high school students from our serving territory. The most qualified and deserving applicants will receive the scholarships with a restriction that only one scholarship can be available to a Barrow student and enable all of the remaining students on the North Slope to be awarded at least one of the available scholarships. Click the link for more information. Deadline usually in April.

Barrow Utilities and Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BUECI) has two (2) $1,000 scholarships available! Click here for more information. Deadline usually in April.

Better Business Bureau Foundation: BBB Student of Integrity Scholarships. Click here for more information.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program: Information and application will be available in January. Deadline usually end of February. Click here for more information.

Indian Health Services Scholarship: The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers three scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students in order to train health professionals to staff Indian health programs. Click here for scholarship information. Deadline usually end of March.

June Nelson Memorial Scholarship

The Association of Alaska School Boards Annual Scholarship Award Competition. The June Nelson Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of the late June Nelson, longtime school board member from Kotzebue. AASB will award graduating seniors a $1,200 scholarship to apply toward their post-secondary education. The scholarship may be applied toward the student’s choice of a business, trade, or a college institution. Click here for application information. Deadline usually end of March.

State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program: Information and application will be provided through

The Hilcorp Future Leaders of America Scholarship - Apply Online. This program will award up to two scholarships in the total amount of up to $10,000, to be paid up to $2,500 per academic year, to one or two college-bound students who have enrolled (or will enroll) in a full-time program at an accredited four-year college or university from one or two of the following schools: Alak School; Barrow High School; Harold Kaveolook School; Kali School; Kiita Learning Community; Mt. Edgecumbe High School (only open to North Slope Borough residents); Meade River School; Nuiqsut Trapper School; Nunamiut School; and/or Tikigaq School.

Eligibility Criteria:

Child dependent of a full-time Hilcorp employee, excluding senior level managers and senior professional levels and above, with a minimum of 1 year of employment service with Hilcorp Energy Company or one of its affiliates, Hilcorp Alaska LLC, Harvest Pipeline Company or Hilcorp Ventures Inc.

Graduating high school senior Minimum GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for initial application; 2.5 for renewal Must attend a university or community college in the United States

Virtual Business Scholarship: Click here for application information. Knowledge Matters, the maker of Virtual Business simulations, is pleased to announce the annual Virtual Business Scholarship for high school business, marketing and personal finance students currently enrolled in their junior and senior years of high school throughout the United States. This scholarship is intended to help eligible applicants defray the costs of their continuing education. The scholarship applications will be judged nationally and the winner will receive $2,000.

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BHS Students ~ Please note that all scholarship information is included in the counselor newsletters, emailed to senior students and their parents or guardians, and posted around BHS. Mr Dye offers support to students needing assistance in completing scholarship applications. However, students have the responsibility to ensure applications are fully completed and submitted prior to the indicated deadlines.