Arctic Education Foundation (AEF) is a private, nonprofit organization committed to providing support and assistance to students pursuing higher education.
Our programs are designed to empower Iñupiat students and promote personal success within themselves and their community.
The AEF Scholarship is offered four times a year with the application deadline dates on August 1st, December 1st, March 1st and May 1st. AEF applicants must file an application for funding every semester or quarterly term.
The goal of the foundation is to partially finance students who are furthering their education beyond high school or to become job-ready. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements to receive funding and must supply all documents required.
Aug 1 (Fall Semester/Fall Quarter)
Dec 1 (Spring Semester/Winter Quarter)
Mar 1 (Spring Quarter) or
May 1 (Summer Semester)
The Anaġi Leadership Award was created to acknowledge the leadership of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation’s late president, Dr. Jacob Anaġi Adams.
The Ivalu Scholarship was created to honor eligible applicants who are making noteworthy and influential contributions to their community through their community cultural service commitment of their personal time to projects and activities which strongly incorporate the Iñupiaq values.
The At-Large High School Scholarship Awards will be awarded each year in the amount of $2,000 each. Candidates must display superior academic performance, demonstrated leadership ability and/or community service achievements.
The deadline for these competitive awards is June 30th
Short-Term Training is defined as training of four (4) months or less that is needed to obtain a certificate or license required to take on a job or to support development within a current position. This program is designed to assist eligible, applicants seeking employment or those who are currently employed needing additional training.
Arctic Education Foundation believes that cultural youth development programs foster creative expression and identity while supporting core social and emotional skills. We also believe our cultural programs can be a way for communities to form stronger bonds, for youth to learn invaluable knowledge of their culture, and for the traditions of past generations to be passed on to our future generation.
These cultural programs are an important piece to building and maintaining a connection to our youth and their traditional hunting, language, art, and knowledge of the land.
Under the Cultural Education Program, AEF will provide cultural education through:
Youth Culture Camp – The culture camp will provide education on subsistence hunting, processing food and plants, traditional knowledge of the land specific to the village location, weather, and survival education, preparing camping gear and camp set up, language and songs, and arts and crafts.
Youth Traditional Plant Education – This workshop will provide education on plant collection and processing, medicinal plant uses specific to the region, and berry picking, and processing.
Youth Traditional Art Education– This workshop will provide education on traditional Iñupiat art and technique, which can include drum making, fur sewing, jewelry making, ivory, and baleen carving from local artists from the North Slope region.
"I am now a first-generation college graduate and immensely grateful for all the support I received from AEF. Quyanaqpak and Taikuu, AEF!”
In 2021 the foundation awarded $2.6 million, with 603 students receiving scholarships and 7o students receiving funding for short-term training – impressive numbers by any standard!
The goal of the foundation is to train Iñupiat students to enter the professional workforce prepared for any job, especially those common to the North Slope region. AEF funds all applicants who meet eligibility requirements and need financial assistance. Scholarship amounts are based on financial need.