Alaska Native students from all around Alaska are now able to attend the state’s only tribal college tuition-free.

“We looked at some of the obstacles that students — especially those in rural Alaska — have in going to college and money was one of them,” said Janelle Everett, Iḷisaġvik College’s director of recruitment. “The North Slope is fortunate in that there is wealth here, but that wealth is not necessarily in other parts of the state. People may not have the finances to attend college.”

Iḷisaġvik recently announced that starting next semester, Native students who are over the age of 18 will be able to apply for a tuition waiver to attend both distance learning and campus-based classes.

Read more here.

The family and friends of David “Burney” Dunn established a scholarship fund in his memory following his tragic death in 1994. Burney was a graduate student in wildlife biology and did his research on the relationships of lynx, hares, and habitat on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Southcentral Alaska. Burney had a long-term interest in conservation education and in dealing with the public, especially youth, in regard to conservation issues. He had a strong interest in working with less fortunate people in urban environments and intended to work in this area following completion of his graduate work. In establishing the David Burnett Dunn Memorial Award, it was the desire of the family that funds be awarded to a graduate student with similar interests in wildlife biology and ecology but also with interests in broader societal issues and community affairs.

To be eligible, a student:
• Must be a full-time graduate student in the Biology and Wildlife Department at UAF
• Must be in good academic standing
• Must be conducting or planning to conduct a field study on an Alaskan wildlife population
• Must have accrued a strong record of academic achievement in biology or wildlife biology
• Must have a record of undergraduate or other involvement in social issues

Use of Funds: Funds may be used for expenses related to field research, including transportation, supplies, equipment, software, or to pay an undergraduate technician. If the latter, applicants are encouraged to employ a freshman majoring in Wildlife Biology and Conservation or Biological Sciences, and who comes from an urban environment.

Please submit this application only once; for priority consideration submit it by the first review date of January 22, 2018.

If you have questions about this scholarship or your application, please contact the UAF Scholarship Coordinator at or 907-474-6228.

National American Indian Virtual Science & Engineering Fair

AISES is hosting its fifth virtual science and engineering fair!

Students from 5th-12th grade can participate in the NAIVSEF. There are two categories for entrants, Senior Division (grades 9-12) and Junior Division (grades 5-8). NAIVSEF projects may be submitted by individual students or teams of up to three students. Each participant (whether an individual or team) must have one adult sponsor. The sponsor can be either a parent, teacher, or mentor. AISES awards cash prizes to the winners of each division.

The NAIVSEF differs from other SSP-affiliated fairs in that it is a “Virtual Science Fair”. Unlike live fairs, virtual fairs do not require travel as the fair and judging are conducted online and via teleconference calls. Participants submit their projects as videos and slideshows online.

Read more about NAIVSEF at:


  • Online registration 
    September 18 – February 14, 2018
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts March 1, 2018
  • Deadline for submission of projects videos/slideshows
    March 23, 2018
  • Online judging of completed projects
    March 26 – 30, 2018
  • Interview date/time notices sent by email no later than 
    March 30, 2018
  • Winners notified and announced
    April 13, 2018

A complete timeline can be found at:

The American Indian College Fund will award the firstAmerican Indian Law School Scholarship in the fall of the 2018-19 academic year. The scholarship covers all costs of attendance, including tuition for the three-year course of study at Harvard Law School, for one Native student.

For more information go to

The Edward and Anna Range Schmidt Charitable Trust provides grants for students studying earth science and for organizations that promote the understanding of earth sciences.  The Trust is also able to provide emergency assistance for immediate or short-term financial needs.

The Schmidt Charitable Trust was established in 1993 to encourage and assist promising students to pursue education in the earth and environmental sciences.  The focus of the Trust is to promote a better understanding of land, resources, and geologic processes and to support students preparing for related occupations.  With education in these areas students can prepare for roles in science-based land planning and management of natural resources; conservation and development of natural resources; stewardship of the environment; and research in earth history.

Alaska Natives and other minorities will be given preference.

Click  HERE to learn more or to apply for this scholarship.

The Cobell Scholarship Vocational Opportunity is for any student who has not yet earned a college degree, is enrolled or will be enrolling in a vocational credential, vocational certificate or occupational license program. Vocational degrees typically are one year or less in duration, certify competency in a specific trade, or provide a license to perform certain occupations. If you are uncertain, check with your institution or review the “What is a Credential” Fact Sheet at

Learn more or apply HERE.

Here are your December Native Words of the Month in Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in) and Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross)! Hai’ and Tsin’ee to our translators, Allan Hayton and Irene Solomon Arnold.

Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in)

Gwichin December photo by Richard Mueller

Photo by Richard Mueller

December = Ch’atsal

Deegwii’in? = What’s going on?

Drin Tsal gwats’a’ khan gwaadhal ts’a’ niiyut kwaa gwiintł’oo hahshii ginyaa. = Christmas is coming up fast, and they say it is going to snow a lot soon.

Listen to an audio recording of the translation:

Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross)

Tanacross Dec photo

December = Wunenh Nach’ehjedh

Xághįhsháatth = It began to snow.

Nee’éł xághįhsháatth. = It began snowing heavily (with us).

Listen to an audio recording of the translation: