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 2022 the foundation awarded $2.5 million, with 510 students receiving scholarships and 7o students receiving funding for short-term training – impressive numbers by any standard!

$43.5M Arctic Education Foundation has awarded since inception
510 2022 AEF Scholarships Awarded
70 2022 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.


Cultural Education Student Workbook

Arctic Education Foundation is excited to share this new cultural education student workbook that was created and illustrated by...

2022 Anaġi Award Winner!

Arctic Education Foundation is very pleased to announce Krissia Tuzroyluk who is from Tikigaq or Point Hope as the...

2022 Ivalu Scholarship Award Winner!

Arctic Education Foundation is very pleased to announce Alexandra Martin from Kotzebue, Alaska as the 2022 Ivalu Scholarship Award...

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