Providing scholarships to Shareholders of The Kuskokwim Corporation to help achieve their educational goals.
Creating a culture of excellence for our Shareholders by growing KEF
financially to be able to provide career development and guidance to
enhance TKC Shareholders in their career goals.
Kuskokwim Educational Foundation values…
- Our Shareholders
- Culturally sensitive
- Educational gain
- Enhancing Shareholder opportunity
- Shared accountability
- Honesty, fairness and equitability
Career Highlight: Exploring the Information Technology career field
We spend countless hours in front of screens. Smart phones, computers, gaming consoles and other devices are used by Alaskans every day. Have you ever wondered who is behind creating our device-connected world and keeping it all up and running? Turns out, as our demand to be connected in the digital age increases, so too does the demand for people to work behind those screens, and those jobs pay well.
Computer programmers, support specialists and systems analysts are just a few typical information technology (IT) careers. Programmers are the translators who convert software developers’ designs into codes that computers understand. Support specialists are the ambassadors who help people when they encounter problems with their computers. Systems analysts work with businesses to ensure that the companies’ computers and networks are working efficiently. Common tasks within the field are overseeing computer networks and other electronic media, and writing and testing code.
People who are highly analytical and enjoy working with computers and electronic technology find this career path rewarding. Also, people who have quick learning abilities, are detail-oriented, possess strong communication skills, and who are organized do well in this field.
July 15th | September 15th | December 15th | March 15th
KEF scholarships are awarded based on availability of funds in the scholarship program. Students are encouraged to apply annually at the July 15th deadline to receive the full year award. Applications turned in during subsequent application periods may be funded at a lower amount, which will be determined by the number of applicants and available funds.
One single application is provided to apply for all KEF scholarships.
KEF was established to support The Kuskokwim Corporation (TKC) Shareholders, descendants and individuals with ties to the Kuskokwim region in 1981. The Kuskokwim region is defined as the villages of Lower Kalskag, Upper Kalskag, Aniak, Chuathbaluk, Napaimute, Crooked Creek, Georgetown, Red Devil, Sleetmute and Stony River. TKC Shareholders currently reside in the region, as well as throughout Alaska and the lower 48.
The educational assistance though KEF is designed to help students obtain tools, knowledge and skills. In 2017, the KEF Board of Directors narrowed the scope to only serve Shareholders, as TKC continues to grow the number of Shareholders by enrolling descendants. The foundation is administered by TKC and governed by the KEF Board of Directors.
The KEF scholarship program is designed to provide financial assistance to post-secondary and vocational students; potential recipients are TKC Shareholders who meet additional criteria approved by the Board of Directors. All efforts to distribute scholarships in a fair and equitable manner based on criteria will be adhered to.
General Scholarship Information
The KEF General Scholarships are designed to provide all eligible applicants scholarships to attend accredited institutions. The amounts are awarded annually, then divided by term (for example traditional semesters are paid out in half, four quarter sessions paid out in fourths, etc.) Students must maintain and provide documentation of current eligibility at the end of each term.
Part time students (6-11 credits per term) are eligible for funding, but may only receive half the amount determined for full time students.
KEF General Scholarship program does not fund scholarships for graduate students, students at non –accredited institutions or students enrolled in less than six credits.
Additionally, students will not be eligible for KEF scholarships if they receive Donlin Gold Kuskokwim Education Foundation scholarship funds.
KEF General Scholarship Eligibility requirements include:
- Must have attained high school diploma or G.E.D.
- Be admitted into accredited post-secondary or vocational training program
- Be a TKC Shareholder
- Complete the required application and materials by deadline
- All applicants must be in good academic standing (cumulative and term GPA 2.5 or higher)
*****reminder to communicate with the Anchorage staff for changes in enrollment, changing schools, decreased or increased course load.*****
KEF Competitive Scholarships
KEF competitive (named) scholarships are awarded based on unique criteria and awarded based on merit and demonstrated financial need, as funds are available. These scholarships are awarded annually and typically paid out in equal amounts throughout the academic year. Students must maintain eligibility throughout the year. Students may reapply for subsequent years, however funding is not guaranteed.
Help Fund our Future
The scholarships for our Shareholders are funded through a variety of individuals and organizations. TKC dedicates funds, as do many of the organizations identified under each scholarship. If you would also like to help fund the Shareholders that will lead the future of our region, feel free to click on the link below.
Scholarships and Funding
Off Campus Book Sales
Student Support Services/Clubs