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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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December 1 mid-year deadline is NOW closed

The December 1 mid-year deadline for degree-seeking and vocational/certificate-seeking students is now closed.

TCF's next deadline is the March 31, 2015 Vocational Training Grant deadline for vocational/certificate-seeking students.

Degree-seeking students can apply for the next general scholarship deadline on June 1, 2015 for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Need help with the next deadline? Review this handout, "How to Apply Online/TCF Guidelines"

If you did not get a chance to apply 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.

2014 CIRI/TCF Fall Potlatch Donors Help Make Events a Success

Thank you to all of our donors for the 2014 CIRI/TCF Friendship Potlatches. Hundreds of CIRI shareholders and their families enjoyed delicious traditional food, cultural performances, and door prizes. The generous donations from these organizations helped make these events a success for our CIRI families!

  • Red Robin Burger & Spirits Emporium
  • Conoco Phillips
  • Cook Inlet Tribal Council
  • Southcentral Foundation
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Alaska Native Arts Foundation
  • Sportsman's Warehouse
  • Bass Pro Shop
  • Fire Island Bakery
  • Spenard Builders Supply
  • AK Starfish Co.
  • Summit Spice & Tea Company
  • Sandee Rice Photography
  • CIRI Alaska Tourism Company
  • Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking Co.
  • Kobuk Coffee
  • Diamond Parking
  • Cabin Fever
  • Alaska Dance Theatre
  • Salamatof Native Association, Inc.
  • Anchorage Marriott Downtown
  • Intuitions Day Spa & Salon
  • Mahay's Jet Boat Adventures
  • Copper Whale Inn Bed & Breakfast
  • Arctic Roadrunner
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Alaska Sealife Center
  • Anchorage Symphony Orchestra
  • H2 Oasis Indoor Waterpark
  • PenAir
  • Ravn Alaska Airline
  • Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria
  • Doyon Ltd.


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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