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Step-Up Scholarship

Ready to Try College Again?

Opens December 15, Closes March 15

This one-time scholarship is designed for students who do not currently have the required 2.5 cumulative high school or college GPA. The student will have up to one academic year to bring their GPA into compliance in order to continue receiving funds through the KEF General Scholarship.

Criteria:

  • Must be a Koniag Shareholder or registered descendant.
  • Must be accepted into an accredited college.
  • Must not have received a KEF General Scholarship in the last two years.
  • Must be enrolled in at least two classes (6 credits) per term.

How to Apply:

Apply for the KEF General Scholarship at https://koniag-education.fluidreview.com/ If you have applied previously and/or have already set up a student account and have forgotten your password, please use the ‘forgot your password link.

Please call or email KEF with any further questions.

Career Development Grant

Career Development Grants are merit-based (how well you do on your application determines the amount of your award) and are awarded to individuals enrolled in non-degree programs such as licensing and certification training’s, workshops or other career advancing programs which are less than 6 weeks in duration.

PURPOSE: To assist students who have chosen to further their education through non-degree programs such as licensing and certification trainings, workshops or other career advancing programs lasting up to 6 weeks..

AWARD: Up to $1,000; multiple recipients per year. Limit of two (2) CDG’s per fiscal year, per student not to exceed a total of $1,000. No deadline; open continuously. Please allow up to 3 weeks for processing.

WHO MAY APPLY:
Koniag Shareholders and registered descendants who wish to enroll in non-degree seeking, short term (six weeks or less) courses of study which will increase their opportunities for employment or job advancement.
 
REQUIREMENTS
: Any qualified student who is accepted to or enrolled in a career development course and can demonstrate how the training will assist the student in gaining employment or job security and/or advancement. Must meet all other KEF eligibility requirements. The program must be accredited or meet state or industry standards Proof of program completion is required.

Required Documents for Career Development Grant
The following documents must be submitted for consideration of this scholarship award:

1) Essay: The purpose of the essay is to give the Executive Director more background information about you. Your essay should include the following:

a)  Brief description of your personal and family history
b)  Community/family involvement
c)  Benefit Statement: Explain how this training/course will improve your employment opportunities and/or improve current employment or help you advance in your career.

2) Recent Resume with employment history, school activities, volunteer/community service, awards/honors, and any additional education/training. (2 pages maximum)

3) Proof of Cost of Program: An invoice and/or cost of attendance from the school/training program.

4) Profile Photo:  A recent profile photo of yourself (may be emailed to scholarships@koniageducation.org in .jpg, .tiff, or .gif format).

REVIEW PROCESS:
The Koniag Education Foundation Board of Directors may appoint a committee or the Executive Director of KEF to select recipients of awards. Awards are based on the personal essay and completeness of information in the application,

DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS:
If awarded, applicant will be notified by email. The awarded funds will be sent directly to the recipient’s school/program and may be used for reasonable expenses in conjunction with the courses taken which the Executive Director determines as acceptable costs. Any funds not used by the recipient will be returned to the Foundation.

*Because KEF is a private nonprofit, IRS regulations require that all scholarship and career development funds must be sent directly to the institute where training is taking place.

Vocational Scholarship

The KEF Vocational award provides funding for non-degree seeking individuals enrolled full-time in accredited vocational or technical programs and training that are 6 weeks or longer. Vocational Scholarships are merit-based, the amount of the award is dependent on the application score.

KEF Vocational Award
Award:   Up to $2,500; subject to funding
Deadline: 
No deadline, ongoing; Please allow up to 4 weeks for processing.
Purpose
: To honor Koniag Shareholders and registered descendants whom have chosen to further their education through vocational training.

Requirements: Any qualified student who is accepted to or enrolled in an accredited or state or municipally recognized vocational school and:

  • Maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or the equivalent.
  • Demonstrates how the training will assist student in gaining employment or job security and/ or advancement
  • Applicants must be Alaska Native shareholders or descendants (may be adopted) of the Koniag Region.
  • All applicants who are not currently enrolled in the Koniag, Inc. descendant or shareholder database must complete the descendant database form and submit the form to Shareholder Relations at Koniag, Inc. Please see form for details. For more information regarding the Descendant Database Form and enrollment shareholder ID’s, please e-mail shareholderrecords@koniag.com or call (800) 658-3818.

Required Documents for Vocational Scholarship
The following documents must be submitted by the application deadline for consideration of this scholarship award:

  • Essay:  In this two-part essay, 1) include a description of your personal and family history, community involvement, volunteer activities, as well as your educational and career goals. (Min. 300 words) and 2) Explain how this education will enhance your ability to find employment and/or improve current employment. (Min. 300 words)
  • Recent Resume with employment history, school activities, volunteer/community service, awards/honors, additional education/training, 2 pages maximum.
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation: A signed and dated letter of recommendation should be from current/former employer, instructor, mentor, or coach and can not be more than one year old.
  • Photo:  Upload a 2×3 profile photo of yourself in .jpg format This photo does not have to be taken by a professional photographer but should be something you’d use professionally.

KEF General Scholarship

Award: Varies depending on annual budget; multiple recipients per year.
Deadline: March 15 – (Funding for Fall 2022, and/or Winter 22/23, and/or Spring 2023)

KEF offers merit-based scholarships to Koniag, Incorporated shareholders and registered  descendants.  These scholarships are competitive and are scored by an independent scholarship review committee. While all eligible applicants will receive funds, the applicants with the highest scores, will receive the highest amounts. Each portion of the application has a point value, including the students’ GPA, therefore it is important to put forth maximum effort into the application.

Beginning with the 2022-23 Award Cycle, qualified applicants will also be eligible for an additional special scholarship without having to submit an application. The Godfrey, Parsons, Matfay, & Drabek scholarships will be awarded to the students with the highest application points in each specified major.

KEF is a private nonprofit and the IRS regulations require that all scholarship funds must be disbursed directly to the university and cannot be applied to accounts in arrears (past due).

Applications must be time-stamped by the posted deadline Alaska Standard Time.

Basic Requirements:

  • Applicants must be Alaska Native shareholders or registered descendants (may be adopted) of the Koniag Region.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required. Please contact office if your GPA is below a 2.5 to discuss your options.
  • All applicants who are not currently enrolled in the Koniag, Inc. descendant or shareholder database must complete the descendant database form and submit the form to Shareholder Relations at Koniag, Inc. Please contact KEF for assistance.
  • Members of the Koniag Education Foundation Board of Directors and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply for KEF scholarships or grants.
  • Be enrolled or accepted into an accredited college for a minimum of 6 credits/units per term.
  • Must have attained a high school diploma or GED by May 31 of application year.
  • Must meet all other KEF eligibility requirements and be in good standing with KEF’s other programs.

What Will I Need to Complete the Application?

  1. Your Koniag shareholder or registered descendant ID number.
  2. A recent resume with employment history, school activities, volunteer/community service, awards/honors, and any additional education/training. (2-page maximum)
  3. Most recent high school, GED, or college transcript(s). If you have attended two or more colleges, provide the averaged cumulative GPA.
  4. An essay is required for all scholarships.  The essay should be written specifically for the scholarship you are applying for and include the following:
    1) a description of your personal and family history
    2) life and educational goals
    3) community and/or family involvement
    4) volunteer activities/awards
    5) If you are a continuing student, share what you’ve learned during the past school year. For instance, what were your challenges or setbacks and how did you overcome them? What were your triumphs or accomplishments? (Min. 500 words).

5. One Letter of recommendation (LOR’s) is required for all new KEF General. Continuing students (those who received a KEF General in the previous academic year) are not required to resubmit a letter of recommendation. The recommender should write specifically about the scholarship which you are applying for. All LOR’s must be signed, dated, and not be more than one year old or your application will receive a point reduction, resulting in a smaller award.  Click here for a form to share with your recommenders.

6. A recent profile photo of yourself. It does not have to be a taken by a professional photographer, but it should be something you would use professionally. The required file types are .jpg or .jpeg. Size: 2 x 3 or 3 x 5 preferred.

Angayuk Scholarship & Internship


Award: $5,000.00 per year until completion of degree program; one recipient per year.
Deadline: Opens November 15 at 120:01 AM and closes January 15 at 11:59 PM Alaska time.

Purpose: Koniag and KEF have established an internship/scholarship program to identify  some of Koniag’s best and brightest shareholders and descendants to intern at Koniag and its subsidiaries. Scholarship recipients are awarded an annual scholarship of $5,000 until completion of their degree program. This award allows the student to focus on his/her field of study and gain related work experience for 6 to 10 weeks during the summer, while helping Koniag identify, cultivate, and encourage future leaders. Previous Angayuk Scholarship recipients may apply for the scholarship again if they enroll in a new degree program (e.g. master’s degree, PhD program) and successfully completed the Angayuk program the first time they participated. Student may apply for this scholarship in conjunction with other KEF scholarships.

Special Requirements: To qualify, students must be attending as a full-time student, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, agree to intern in any one of Koniag’s offices each summer while they are enrolled in their degree program, and be willing to relocate for a period of six to ten weeks during the summer months. During their summer internship, students will receive a wage, and travel and lodging will be funded by Koniag. Students who participate in the internship will receive renewed funding of $5,000 each year until graduation from their degree program, provided they successfully complete the annual summer internship and maintain full-time student status and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Required Documents
1) Applicant Essay/Qualification Summary: In your essay, include a description of your personal and family history, community involvement and volunteer activities, as well as your educational and life goals. In addition, you must also include a “Qualifications Summary” statement (as part of the general essay).  Discuss the specific Koniag department (e.g. Human Resources, Legal, Finance Shareholder Services, Lands) or subsidiary (e.g. Kodiak Brown Bear Center, OST, Koniag Government Services) you are most interested in working for. Talk about where and why you would like to intern, and the qualities that make you an ideal candidate for this award. For information on Koniag’s subsidiaries, click https://www.koniag.com/our-investments/portfolio/.

2) Recent resume with employment history, school activities, volunteer/community service, awards/honors, additional education/training. (2 pages maximum)

3) Most Recent Transcript:  You may upload a copy of your most recent unofficial transcript but must also provide an official transcript from your college to be sent to KEF directly from your educational institution at the end of your spring term or by June 30. The official transcript can either be mailed directly from your college to 4141 B Street, Suite 201, Anchorage, AK 99503, or e-mailed to scholarships@koniageducation.org through a secure electronic transcript delivery network.

4) Two Letters of Recommendation: All Koniag Angayuk Scholarship applicants, new and returning KEF students alike, must upload two letters of recommendation. These letters should be from a teacher, faculty member, academic advisor, current/former employer, mentor or an activity leader who knows you well and can reflect on your character, academic, scholastic and leadership ability and potential. The recommender should detail their relationship to you and how long they have known you; The letters must specifically reference the applicant’s suitability for this internship. Letters from family members are not accepted. Letters must be signed, dated, and less than one year old from the due date of the scholarship.

5) Profile Photo:  This does not have to be a taken by a professional photographer, but it should be something you would use in a professional capacity. The required file types are .jpg or .jpeg. Size: 2 x 3 or 3 x 5 preferred.

*Because KEF is a private nonprofit, IRS regulations require that all scholarship funds must be sent directly to the college.

Brent Parsons Memorial Scholarship

The Brent Parsons Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to one student majoring in finance and/or accounting with the highest combined KEF General application and GPA score. The student who qualifies will be identified by KEF and notified individually if they are eligible. No additional application is necessary.

Award: $5,000; one recipient per year
Deadline: March 15
Requirements:

  • Must be a Koniag Shareholder or registered descendant
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Majoring in finance and/or accounting
  • Must have full-time student status
  • Upperclassman preferred
  • Must meet all other KEF eligibility requirements

About Brent Parsons:
There are few forces in the world with the potential to positively impact a community so much as a single experienced, passionate and dedicated leader. A person like this gives selflessly of their time and their energy, and influences everything they touch. Brent Parsons was such a man. To honor Brent’s memory and lasting impact to our Alutiiq people, Koniag and KEF are pleased to announce the Brent Parsons Memorial Scholarship.

Brent was a long-time partner in an audit firm and was integral in keeping Koniag a financially strong corporation. He drew on his vast knowledge of financial and accounting best practices to strengthen benefits for shareholders. Always a mentor, Brent worked with many of Koniag’s board members and staff to help them realize their own potential. And as a life-long learner and recipient of a KEF scholarship, Brent understood and valued education.

There is a quote from the artist Makoto Fujimura that goes, “generative paths lead to resourcefulness, patience, and general creativity in life. They lead to cultural – and human – thriving.” Brent walked a generative path in everything he did, and through this scholarship for Koniag shareholders and descendants in the fields of Accounting and Finance, Brent’s legacy will thrive for our students as they pursue their own educational goals. We know that Brent will be looking down and smiling as future generations receive degrees and achieve their fullest potential.

*Because KEF is a private nonprofit, IRS regulations require that all scholarship funds must be sent directly to the university being attended.

Glenn Godfrey Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Awarded annually to one student majoring in community service and/or civic duty field with the highest combined application and GPA score. The student who qualifies will be identified by KEF and notified individually if they are eligible. No additional application is necessary.

Award: $5,000; one recipient per year
Deadline: March 15
Purpose: This scholarship was established to help our Alutiiq people pursue education in careers that exemplify positive leadership roles in community service and/or civic duty.
Requirements:

  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA.
  • Educational focus in community service and/or civic duty roles.
  • Sophomore class standing or higher.
  • Full-time student status.
  • Ability to demonstrate continued community service or civic duty roles.
  • Must meet all other KEF eligibility requirements.

About Glenn Godfrey:
The Glenn Godfrey Sr. Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of Mr. Glenn Godfrey Sr., an Aleut political and social leader raised on Kodiak Island. Glenn Godfrey led an exemplary career with the State Troopers, from walking a beat to finding innovative ways to improve law enforcement in rural communities, and finally serving as Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Alaska. At his retirement, after 32 years with the Department of Public Safety, Governor Tony Knowles said, “He has distinguished himself by his selfless dedication to public service, his commitment to protecting Alaska’s children, and meeting the unprecedented public safety challenges that followed September 11th.” 

Glenn was born and raised in Kodiak and joined the Alaska State Troopers in 1970. He served as a patrol trooper in Anchorage, Juneau, and Northway, where he was responsible for drug enforcement along the Canadian border. In 1978, he was promoted as post commander for Western Alaska in Bethel where he was instrumental in the development of the Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program. Godfrey was later assigned to the director’s office in Anchorage and was put in charge of the VPSO program, statewide search and rescues, and the Trooper’s Special Emergency Reaction Team. Godfrey went on to serve as chief of Rural Enforcement and deputy director of the Alaska State Troopers. Knowles promoted Godfrey to director of the Trooper Division in 1995 and he succeeded Ron Otte as Commissioner of the Department in August of 2000. Upon his retirement, he was appointed to Gov. Tony Knowles’s cabinet as the Commissioner of Public Safety. Mr. Godfrey was the first Alaska Native in both posts. Godfrey also served as chairman of Koniag Inc., the ANSCA regional corporation for Kodiak, and was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Alaska Federation of Natives in 1999. 

*Because KEF is a private nonprofit, IRS regulations require that all scholarship funds must be sent directly to the university being attended.