Welcome to Arctic Education Foundation

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.


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"I am now a first-generation college graduate and immensely grateful for all the support I received from AEF. Quyanaqpak and Taikuu, AEF!”

Meet Amber "Saumik" Downey

Our Impact

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!

$41M Arctic Education Foundation has awarded since inception
603 2021 AEF Scholarships Awarded
70 2021 Short Term Training Awarded

Students Resources

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.


2023 Ivalu Gala

We are excited to announce the 2023 Ivalu Gala, the premier fundraising event for Arctic Education Foundation dedicated to...

2021 Anaġi Award Winner!

Arctic Education Foundation is very pleased to announce Angelica Alivrun Telfair of Utqiaġvik as the 2021 Anaġi Leadership Award...

2021 Ivalu Scholarship Award Winner!

Arctic Education Foundation is very pleased to announce Muriel Katuk Brower of Utqiaġvik as the 2021 Ivalu Scholarship Award...

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