Financial Aid Information
Financial aid is reserved for those who cannot otherwise afford to attend. We encourage every student with need to apply for financial aid.
There are more students who need aid than ASRA can accommodate. The financial aid awards committee reads the essays and supplementary information on the application carefully to help distinguish those with greatest need.
Note that some scholarships are restricted. For example, New York Life scholarships are for rural Alaskan students only.
New York Life Award
The New York Life Foundation has generously offered awards for fifteen rural Alaskan students. These awards cover tuition and travel from your home to Fairbanks and back. This is the fourth year we are able to bring rural Alaska students to Fairbanks to attend ASRA.
You must be a resident of rural Alaska.
Flint Hills Resources Award
Flint Hills Resources believes that part of being a responsible community and environmental steward is to actively participate in the education of tomorrow’s leaders. With funds and employee volunteers, Flint Hills Resources supports diverse education programs that emphasize personal responsibility, entrepreneurship, science education and environmental stewardship in local communities.
The Chancellor's Award
The Chancellor's office is offering financial aid for students who are academic achievers and good citizens. Chancellor Brian Rogers is particularly interested in helping those who plan to explore UAF as a possible college choice. Successful applicants will describe what makes them stand out among their peers. Grades are not the only criteria, and weight will be placed on community service and success in areas outside academics. We are looking for students who will be shining examples to others, and who plan to make a difference in the world.
Douglas Schamel Memorial Fund Award
Doug Schamel was the Director of ASRA from 2002 until his untimely death in 2005. He was passionate about science and education, especially when it involved sharing with young students. Doug's life continues to be an inspiration, and he was a tireless advocate on behalf of students.
The Douglas Schamel Memorial Fund helps students who have a passion for sharing their love of science.
The Schamel Fund is in need of donations! To donate, go to the UAF CNSM Giving Page and choose "other" in the menu. Specify that the funds go to the the "Doug Schamel Memorial Fund spendable" account.
AAAS - American Association for the Advancement of Science, Arctic Division
The Arctic Division takes a leadership role in promoting interdisciplinary activities, education, and communication among scientists, the public, researchers, graduate students, resource managers, business leaders, rural residents and Alaska Natives. AAAS has generously offered two scholarships for Alaskan students.
Black Role Model Initiative Award (BRMI)
The BRMI award is for an African American male who is interested in math or science. The award is offered through the Fairbanks Black Role Models Inititative organization.
Alaska Statewide PTA grants
The Alaska PTA has a small scholarship fund for students wishing to attend an academic camp. The grant application must be submitted through the Alaska PTA. Several ASRA students have received this grant in previous years.
Click here, and look for their "Grant" form.
Other sources of financial aid
We encourage all students to seek aid locally. ASRA is recognized as a positive academic experience by many organizations and individuals who may be willing to support a bright young student. Examples include village corporations, local busnesses, relatives, and more.
ASRA is working constantly to secure additional aid for students.