Special application instructions: UA Scholars
UA Scholars are a big deal. They are Alaskans in the top 10% of their high school class, meaning they are some of the top-performing students in the state. At UAF, we know they are going to do great things — for their communities, for the state, and for the world. And we can't wait to help them get started.
Apply to UAF for Free
As a UA Scholar, you can apply to any undergraduate certificate or degree program at any of the University of Alaska campuses for free! To start your application to UAF:
- Apply Online
- Enter the UA Scholars application fee waiver when prompted for payment
- Submit your high school transcript
For a complete list of important UAF dates and deadlines, visit the Academic Calendar.
Your UA Scholar Benefits
The main benefit of being a UA Scholar is the scholarship award itself. The UA Scholars Award is a $12,000 scholarship that is distributed over the course of eight semesters.
- This scholarship can be used in conjunction with other types of scholarships and financial aid like the Alaska Performance Scholarship
- You can use your UA Scholars Award towards paying for tuition and housing and food, but it can also go towards funding other expenses such as Study Away, study and research equipment, and or other things you’ll need for school.
Another benefit of being a UA Scholar is it introduces you to campus leadership, staff and faculty and opens up many doors for research, internship and networking opportunities.
There are so many ways to add value to your degree at UAF. You’ll have the opportunity
to participate in programs like the Honors College, Climate Scholars Program, Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA), exchange and Study Away programs, as well as clubs, student organizations and so many more opportunities to take your college experience further.
Your UA Scholars Award can be used at any of the three UA universities — University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage or University of Alaska Southeast. We hope you’ll choose UAF, and there are a lot of great reasons for you to join Nanook Nation.
Schedule a meeting with Ray
Hello there! My name is Ray Alda, and I’m UAF’s admissions counselor for UA Scholars. I’m here to help you and your family get started as you join Nanook Nation. I graduated from UAF with a B.S. in Biology and a concentration in Biomedical Sciences, and I was a UA Scholar myself. I found my passion in working with prospective students and helping them navigate the college admissions process, and I am super excited to be your personal point-of-contact at UAF.
UAF Financial Aid Advisor
Hello! My name is Cyan and I am a FInancial Aid Advisor here at UAF. I moved up here from the lower 48 in 2018, and have been in Fairbanks for almost five years. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Geoscience, and now I am here to help you pay for college! I work with students who have the UA Scholars, the Alaska Performance Scholarship, and the Alaska Education Grant.