Mellen Shea Memorial Scholarship (MSM)

The Mellen Shea Memorial Scholarship was established in 2006 to honor the memory of Mary Ellen “Mellen” Shea. Mary Ellen “Mellen” Shea was a passionate educator. She spent her professional life as a classroom teacher, an academic counselor, an athletic coach, and a mentor and friend to countless youth in Anchorage. Mellen devoted the last six years of her life to inspiring and empowering Alaska Native and American Indian students through CITC’s educational services, where she was respected, admired, and loved by CITC students and staff alike.

Mellen was an enthusiastic and accomplished mountaineer, skijorer, and dog musher. She climbed Denali, finished the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and made six additional trips to Nome as part of the Serum Run with famed explorer Colonel Norman Vaughan. Mellen embraced and embodied a true spirit of determination; she had tremendous initiative, courage, and heart. She was known for her bright smile, her cheerful disposition, her inquisitive mind, and her irrepressible spirit.

This scholarship fund was developed to provide financial assistance to Alaska Native and American Indian students who are pursuing a postsecondary degree in Education, aspiring to be teachers. Scholarship award selection criteria are based upon timely submission of a complete applicant form, as well as the quality and sincerity of the written essay.

Eligibility: Alaska Native & Native Americans. Reside in the anchorage area. Enrolled in or admitted to a postsecondary undergraduate education degree program. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale, and Aspiring to be a teacher.

Purpose: To provide financial assistance for students who are pursuing a postsecondary undergraduate education for Associates or Bachelors degree program.

Amount: $1,000 maximum per academic year. Two students are awarded each year.

Duration: Must re-apply each deadline.

Deadline: May 1.

Web: http://citci.org/education/scholarships/