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The CIRI Foundation awards scholarships from (9) endowment funds and two (2) named scholarship funds designated by the donors for specific fields of study as described below.
A completed application and all required materials must be submitted by the deadline in order for an applicant to receive full consideration.

See also VILLAGE SCHOLARSHIP & GRANT PROGRAM (NNAI, SNA, Tebughna Foundation, Eklutna, Inc.)


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Cap Lathrop Endowment Scholarship Fund

Established in 1997 by A.G. Hiebert, GCI and other private donors.  The Cap Lathrop Broadcast and Telecommunications Scholarship is for eligible Alaska Native original enrollees/descendants to an ANCSA regional or village corporation. Preference is given to Native original enrollees/descendants of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. An applicant must be a declared major in broadcast, telecommunications, business, engineering, journalism, or other media related degree programs to be considered.


Susie Qimmiqsak Bevins Endowment Scholarship Fund

Established in 1990 through the CIRI Golf Classic in appreciation of Ms. Bevins, a renowned Inupiat artist and proponent of Alaska Native heritage preservation. General semester scholarships are available for post-secondary visual, performing and literary arts students.


Roy M. Huhndorf Endowment Scholarship Fund

Established in 1995 by Southcentral Foundation in recognition of Mr. Huhndorf, retired CIRI President/CEO (1975-95) and Chairman Emeritus of the CIRI Board of Directors, for his vigorous advocacy of health care services and higher education for CIRI Shareholders. These achievement and general scholarships are awarded to students pursuing health science degrees.


Peter Kalifornsky Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund

Established by CIRI in 1993 in memory of Mr. Kalifornsky, a self-taught writer and scholar of Dena ’ina Athabascan descent. Students enrolled in Alaska Native studies are preferred.


Keck/Westmin Endowment Scholarship Fund

Established in 1986 by The CIRI Foundation through funds provided by Howard Keck/Westmin Ltd. Scholarships in all fields are available.

Lawrence Matson Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund

Established by CIRI in 1989, in memory of Mr. Matson. Of Aleut-Russian descent, he served on the CIRI Board of Directors and held deep convictions about his Native heritage and the importance of education for Natives. Scholarships in language, education, social sciences, arts, communications and law.


Kirby McDonald Education Endowment Fund

Established in 1991 by Kirby McDonald, president of Universal Ogden Services, a worldwide caterer of remote sites. Scholarships in culinary arts (preferred), business administration and engineering.

George Miller, Jr. Management Leadership Endowment Fund

Established by CIRI in 1996 in memory of Mr. Miller of Dena ’ina Athabascan ancestry from Kenai , Alaska , who was the first President of CIRI (1972-1973) and President of Kenai Natives Association (1973-1986). Scholarships are available to foster improvement of tribal/cultural and corporate management skills for career advancement. Up to $6000 per year. Additional guidelines apply. Please contact The CIRI Foundation for further details.

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Margaret L. Brown Scholarship Fund

Recently established (2013) by Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI) in recognition of Margaret L. Brown, retired CIRI President/CEO (2005-2012) for her vigorous advocacy for post-secondary education, support of The CIRI Foundation’s goals and belief that making education financially accessible to CIRI original enrollees and their descendants will enable them to pursue life-changing education opportunities. These achievement scholarships are awarded to students pursuing degrees in Land Use Policy and Planning, Conversation Economics, Environmental Science, Education Policy or related fields.


Carl H. Marrs Scholarship Fund

Established in 2001 by The CIRI Foundation through funds provided by Barbara Donatelli, Craig and Thea Floerchinger, Mark and Leslie Kroloff, and Kirk McGee and Gloria O'Neill in recognition of Carl H. Marrs, President/CEO of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (1995-2004) for his vigorous advocacy of Pre-K-12 and post-secondary opportunities for CIRI shareholders, original enrollees, and their direct lineal descendants. Scholarships in business administration, economics, finance, organizational management, accounting or similar fields.


John N. Colberg Scholarship Fund

Established in 2003 by CIRI and other private donors, in memory of Mr. Colberg, who served with distinction as Chairman and Chairman Emeritus on the CIRI Board of Directors for almost 30 years. Scholarships with preference leading to the study of law.


daniel alex scholarship fund

The Daniel Alex Scholarship Fund was awarded for the first time at the June 1, 2010 deadline. This fund was established in memory of Mr. Daniel Alex to offer post-secondary education scholarships and vocational training grants in order to encourage professional preparation for careers after high school and to enhance employment skills of eligible and qualified beneficiaries. Preference is given to students enrolled in the study of Physics, Mathematics, Business Management, and Education.  Applicants must be an original enrollee of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI); Eklutna, Inc; and/or the Native Village of Eklutna and their direct lineal descendants.


william d. phillips scholarship fund

Established by CIRI, in memory of Mr. William D. Phillips to award annual scholarships at the special excellence level – for students in fields of study including government and public policy, public administration, budget and public finance, social policy, education policy or related fields. Applicants must be an original enrollee of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) or their direct lineal descendants to be eligible. The deadline is June 1 only, for full-time degree seeking students.


Howard Rock Foundation Scholarship Program

The Howard Rock Foundation Scholarship Program was created in 1986 to promote and assist innovative economic development projects for rural Alaska. The mission of the Howard Rock Foundation is to empower Alaska Natives to achieve maximum benefit from post-secondary educational and leadership opportunities. By maximizing these opportunities, the Howard Rock Foundation will provide Alaska ’s Natives with credentials to develop stronger and healthier communities and economies. Awards are made based on available funding from Alaska Village Initiatives, Inc. and through the generous donations by Verbeck Smith.

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