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SCHOLARSHIPS


ELIGIBLITY
The CIRI Foundation scholarship program is open to original enrollees of CIRI and the direct lineal descendants (either natural-born or legally adopted) of original enrollees of CIRI.  Individuals who have inherited or received gifted shares do not qualify as original enrollees.

The CIRI Foundation offers Scholarship awards to full-time and part-time students enrolled at an accredited or recognized institution.  Recipients must be:

  • Enrolled in an Associate, Bachelor, Master, or Doctorate Degree program; or
  • Enrolled in a Post-Baccalaureate program of study; or
  • Enrolled in pre-requisite courses before entering into a degree program.

If you are enrolled in a certificate program, please see the Grant Program Eligibility and deadlines.

Applications must be received by The CIRI Foundation on or before the deadline to receive consideration. Late applications will not be considered.  The stated deadline remains in effect whether the day falls on a weekend or a holiday.  Submit your application before the start date of your coursework.  Courses completed prior to the application deadline are not eligible for funding.

When TCF receives more eligible applications than the available funding, meeting the minimum selection criteria does not guarantee funding at any level.   Applicants are considered for the appropriate award category based on their submitted information.


SCHOLARSHIP AWARD USES

The priority of The CIRI Foundation is to help you meet your direct educational expenses including tuition, student registration fees, course-required books/supplies, and on-campus housing/meal plans.  Only if awarded funds remain after all direct educational expenses are met, then up to $500 per scholarship award may be released to the student for personal expenses.

*All scholarships are subject to available funding and made up to the amounts listed below.

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS
Eligibility: Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.  Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.  Applicants include full-time and part-time students in a degree program at an accredited or recognized institution.  Students (full-time and part-time) pursuing an Associate, Bachelor, Master, or Doctorate Degree are considered for a General Scholarship. Students (full-time and part-time) enrolled in pre-requisite courses and post-baccalaureate programs of study are also considered for General Scholarships. 
Amount: Up to $5,000* per academic year for full-time students.  Up to $4,500* per academic year for part-time students.  Students must maintain all eligibility requirements and remain in good standing with TCF to be eligible for future funding.
Duration: One academic year (August-July).  A student may receive no more than one (1) General Scholarship during the academic year.
Deadline: June 1 (for academic year)

* MID-YEAR AWARDS
Mid-Year Awards are provided to eligible General Scholarship applicants beginning a program of study at the Spring semester or Winter/Spring quarter.  A Mid-Year Award provides partial funding to support a student for one (1) semester or term until the student can reapply at June 1 for the General Scholarship deadline.

Eligibility: Same as the General Scholarships. 
Amount: Up to $2,500* for full-time students.  Up to $2,250* for part-time students.  Students must maintain all eligibility requirements and remain in good standing with TCF to be eligible for future funding.
Duration: One academic term.  A student may receive no more than one (1) Mid-Year Award during the academic year.
Deadline: December 1 (for Winter/Spring term only)

Students receiving a Mid-Year Award will be required to submit a complete application when applying at the June 1 deadline to move them into the annual cycle.


COMPETITIVE, MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
All eligible applicants meeting the minimum requirements for a competitive, merit-based scholarship will be considered.  However, there are a very limited number of competitive scholarships awarded each year.  Eligible applicants not selected for a competitive scholarship will automatically be considered for the general scholarship.

SELECTION PROCESS
Meeting the GPA requirement is only part of the selection process for the competitive scholarship awards .  Other factors considered in the selection of competitive scholarship awards include an exceptional statement of purpose with a clear articulation of education and career goals; a high level of community service and civic activities; and a demonstrated intent to give back to community, especially the Alaska Native community

ACHIEVEMENT ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP
Purpose: Competitive merit scholarship for applicants with exceptional academic promise.
Requirements: Must have a high school diploma or GED and be accepted or enrolled full-time in a 2-year or a 4-year undergraduate or graduate degree program. Applicants must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better to be considered.
Amount: Up to $8,000. (Subject to available funding. Determined through a competitive process.)
Duration: One academic year.
Deadline: June 1, only.

EXCELLENCE ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP
Purpose: Competitive merit scholarships for outstanding academic and community service experience.
Requirements: Must have a high school diploma or GED and be accepted or enrolled full-time in a 4-year undergraduate or graduate degree program. Applicants must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA or better to be considered.
Amount: Up to $10,000. (Subject to available funding. Determined through a competitive process.)
Duration: One academic year.
Deadline: June 1, only.

SPECIAL EXCELLENCE ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP
Purpose: Highly competitive merit scholarship for an applicant with exceptional academic experience and outstanding community service.
Requirements: Must have a high school diploma or GED and be accepted or enrolled full-time in a 4-year undergraduate or graduate degree program. Applicants must have a cumulative 3.7 GPA or better to be considered. Preference is given to the fields of business, education, math, sciences, health services, and engineering. This award is made by the discretion of the Education Awards Committee.
Amount: Up to $20,000. (Subject to available funding. Determined through a competitive process.)
Duration: One academic year.
Deadline: June 1, only.