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.


2023 Aveogan Leadership Award Winner!

The Arctic Education Foundation (AEF) is proud to announce the first 2023 Aveogan Leadership Award winner, Tenna Qaġġuna Judkins...

AEF Annual Indicator Report

The Arctic Education Foundation partnered with McKinley Research Group to analyze scholarship data covering all recipients from 2017 through...

2023 Anaġi Leadership Award Winner!

The Arctic Education Foundation (AEF) is proud to announce the 2023 Anaġi Leadership Award winner, Andrea Storer of Anchorage,...

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