Apply for academic year funding at the June 1 Deadline!

Annual scholarships are only awarded at the June 1 deadline. You cannot apply specifically for the higher merit-based Annual Scholarship Awards, but all applicants meeting the criteria for the merit-based awards are automatically considered by The CIRI Foundation.

These annual awards are determined through a competitive process. Students are scored on the followed criteria:

  • Timeliness of submission (application and materials submitted by deadline)
  • Completeness of application (application and supplementary materials are complete)
  • GPA (Grade Point Average)
  • Rigor of coursework/degree program
  • Grade level (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate)
  • Degree program (2-yr, 4-yr, Graduate)
  • Personal financial contribution
  • Financial amount needed
  • Employment preparation (does degree program directly relate to career goals?)
  • Statement of Purpose (clarity of career goal, quality of English usage and style, how your educational goals relate to giving back to the Alaska Native community)
  • Community service (extent of current involvement in volunteer/civic activities)

When reviewing applications for the competitive annual scholarship awards, the Statement of Purpose and level of community service/civic activities is many times the determining factor. Clearly articulated education and career goals are important, as well as how your educational goals relate to giving back to the Alaska Native community.