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Around Campus: Scholarship opportunities at KPC often overlooked

Posted: Monday, October 04, 2010

In an effort to provide more resources for students needing financial assistance, KPC actively promotes many scholarships.

Lots of students rely on scholarships and grants to fund their education but unfortunately many scholarships go unclaimed due to lack of qualified applicants.

Frequently, according to KPC Student Services Director Bill Howell, some scholarships lack any applicants at all.In these cases, any student who takes the time to apply and who meets the particular scholarship criteria would automatically win the award.

Students should be aware that the University of Alaska will award undergraduate scholarships of up to $1,000 each to qualified full-time, new and continuing students in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Alaska Space Grant Program undergraduate scholarship has a submission deadline of Oct. 29.

Applications are available on the Alaska Space Grant Program website http://spacegrant.alaska.edu/student/opportunities/scholarship .

An essay, resume, transcripts and one letter of recommendation are required for each application. For more information contact Mary Franklin mary.franklin@alaska.edu or call 474-7942.

Newly added to the available scholarships slate for the 2011-2012 academic year is the Alaska Sea Services Scholarship. The Alaska Sea Services Scholarship annually awards up to four $1,000 scholarships for undergraduate education to dependent children and spouses of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel who legally claim Alaska as their state of residence. The application deadline is Mar. 1.

This scholarship has an interesting history that began during World War II when the citizens of Alaska raised funds for a $10,000 war bond as a gift to the USS Juneau. After the sinking of the USS Juneau, this gift was to have been presented to the USS Alaska, but the ship was decommissioned before the presentation.

Consequently, the governor of the territory of Alaska and the Secretary of the Navy agreed that the bond would be left on deposit in the First National Bank of Juneau until the USS Alaska was recommissioned or another appropriate application could be found. In 1986, the navy established the Alaska Sea Services Scholarship Fund.

To be considered for these scholarships, an applicant must be the dependent -- child or spouse -- of a legal resident of the state of Alaska who is, or was at the time of death/designation as missing-in-action, a regular or reserve U.S. Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard member on active-duty, inactive-duty or retired with or without pay. Selected candidates will be those who rate highest in these five key areas: academic proficiency, character, leadership ability, community involvement and financial need.

Applicants must also show acceptance at an accredited college or university for full-time undergraduate study for a bachelor's degree.

No more than two scholarship awards may be given to an individual during pursuit of the four-year degree.

Applications are available at www.navyleague.org .

Selection of recipients is done by the Navy League Foundation.

The selected nominee packages are then submitted to the naval education and training command for final approval, after which selectees will be notified and scholarship funds will be disbursed to the appropriate academic institution.

For more information, call 703-312-1585 or e-mail mcarter@navyleague.org.

This article was provided by Suzie Kendrick, advancement programs manager at Kenai Peninsula College.



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