939 Alaska high school students designated for $12,000 UA Scholars Award

JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) – High school graduates from nearly 250 high schools across Alaska have been identified as this year’s class of UA Scholars, each qualifying for a $12,000 scholarship to study at any University location of Alaska can be used.

To be eligible, students must be in the top 10 percent of their class at the end of their junior year.

As of October 20, 939 students have been identified with this achievement.

In November, recognition events will be held in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Wasilla, Juneau, Kodiak and virtually.

University leadership, faculty, staff, alumni, and current UA grantees will be in attendance to recognize the recipients.

“We are pleased to welcome the class of 2023 UA Scholars,” said Lael Oldmixon, the program’s Executive Director. “Their academic performance sets them apart as some of the best students in Alaska. Our universities throughout the University of Alaska system would be privileged to have them as students.”

Events taking place in November will highlight the diverse and extensive opportunities that await UA grantees within the UA system, including exchange programs, honors programs, undergraduate research, internships, academic programs and additional scholarships.

Since its inception in 1999, this scholarship program has provided more than $70 million in academic assistance, resulting in more than 7,000 degrees and certificates for students from nearly every community statewide.

Award winners will receive the $12,000 stipend in payments of $1,500 over eight semesters.

UA Scholars are also offered free admissions applications.

Students are offered the flexibility to take two semesters off for any reason.

“This gives them the opportunity to travel, go on business trips, take out a lighter credit load, take care of family matters or explore other life adventures,” Oldmixon said.

While the award is specifically for use within the University of Alaska system, students may use the funds to study abroad or elsewhere in the United States through the National Student Exchange Program.

“It’s a great way for students to adventure outside of Alaska while still paying state fees,” Oldmixon said.

The awards are funded by the University of Alaska Land Grant Trust Fund.

The foundation receives income from land sales and resource development conducted on university properties.

Many UA Scholars also qualify for the Alaska Performance Scholarship, as well as other scholarships through their campus.

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