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The CIRI Foundation Announcements

Our mission is to promote individual self-development and economic self-sufficiency through education and to maintain pride in culture and heritage among Alaska Natives who are original enrollees of Cook Inlet Region and their descendants.

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The CIRI Foundation will be closed on Thursday, October 23 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Alaska Time for AFN Proceedings. We will resume normal business hours at 1 p.m. on October 23.

For more information on Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN), the AFN Convention, and to view the Convention Agenda visit

The 2014 AFN Convention will be broadcast live via radio on KNBA 90.3 FM, local TV on 360 North, and Online at or .

December 1 deadline for degree-seeking and vocational training/certificate-seeking students

The next deadline for vocational/certificate-seeking students and degree-seeking students is the December 1 Mid-year Award deadline, for the spring 2015 term. This deadline opens on Saturday, November 1 and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014 (Online applications must be submitted on or before deadline, no late applications).

Need help? Review this handout, "How to Apply Online/TCF Guidelines"

Check out the 2014-2015 Education Resources Handbook for additional funding opportunities.

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New TCF Life-Time Award Limit Policy

The CIRI Foundation (TCF), per Board direction, recently implemented a Life-Time Award Limit Policy that will impact scholarships and vocational training grants distributed by TCF.

With the number of lineal descendants of CIRI original enrollees eligible for TCF funding growing each year, TCF is preparing to give every future applicant an opportunity to receive funding. TCF anticipates the new policy will allow educational funding to continually be distributed to all eligible applicants.

The effective date for this policy is January 1, 2014; however the first deadline to be included in this policy will be the upcoming March 31, 2014 vocational training/certificate-seeking deadline and subsequently all following deadlines will be included. Awards made before the March 31, 2014 deadline will not be included in a TCF recipient’s Life-Time Award Limit amount.

Please see “TCF’s Life-Time Award Limit Policy” for more details on the need for this policy, the implementation process, and how the policy will impact TCF recipients.

Come to the 2014 fall friendship potlatches for a chance to win one of these beautiful canvas photographs and more!

Photographs generously donated from Sandee Rice Photography

Potlatch season is finally upon us! As we prepare to celebrate and honor our region's rich Alaska Native history, please RSVP to the CIRI/TCF Fall Friendship Potlatches by clicking the link below. This year's potlatches have been scheduled for the following dates and locations:

Puyallup, WA - Saturday, November 8 at Chief Leschi School

For more information and updates on the Fall Friendship Potlatches, please visit and don't forget to stop by The CIRI Foundation booth for information on educational funding, internship opportunities, and more!


Good news, everyone!

The 2014-2015 Education Resources Handbook is now available online.

Inside, you will find information on scholarships, grants, internships, and employment opportunities. You'll also find plenty of advice for getting into college and tips for academic success!

Click Here for your copy








General Scholarships

For full-time AND part-time, degree-seeking students. Award amounts vary according to enrollment (full-time/part-time) and deadline.

Application deadlines: June 1 (for academic year and fall); December 1 (for spring term only)


For students in vocational training or certificate programs. Up to $4,500 per calendar year.

Application deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30, December 1


For non-profit organizations, tribal organizations, and individuals sponsored by a non-profit organization and are Alaska Native original enrollees or their lineal descendants. Available to support projects that affect and/or involve Alaska Native beneficiaries of CIRI and further the education and heritage goals of The CIRI Foundation. Visit the Project Grants section of our website for more details and applications.

Application deadlines: March 1, June 1, September 1, November 1

General & cultural heritage fellowships

For non-credit workshops or seminars to improve employment skills, and for the study of visual, literary, and performing arts of Alaska Natives. Applications can be found in the Download Applications section of our website.

Application deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30, December 1


The CIRI Foundation still requires paper applications for the following funding opportunities. Please visit the Download Applications section of our website for more information and to view the applications.

Attention: The CIRI Foundation policies and procedures are subject to change at any time. Please contact TCF for the most current guidelines.

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