Sealaska Accepting Applications for College Scholarship Program

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Applications are now available for Sealaska’s college scholarship program. For the first time, shareholders and lineal descendants can apply online.

The program is run by the Sealaska Heritage Institute, the regional Native corporation’s cultural arm. President Rosita Worl says it provides funds for university studies, graduate school and vocational programs.

Funding is based on endowment earnings, so the total handed out varies from year to year.

Worl says the program usually awards about 400 scholarships annually, totaling around $600,000. The amount varies from student to student.

Scholarships are also awarded to some heritage and language program students.

The deadline is March 1 and recipients will be notified in early May.

Sealaska is headquartered in Juneau and has about 20,000 shareholders, most in Southeast Alaska, Anchorage or the Pacific Northwest. Its businesses include timber, construction, investments, plastics and environmental monitoring.

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