The CIRI Foundation is a private foundation established in 1982 by the ANCSA Corporation Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) Board of Directors. The mission of The CIRI Foundation is to promote individual self-development and economic self-sufficiency through education and maintain pride in culture and heritage among Alaska Natives who are original enrollees of Cook Inlet Region and their descendants.

The major goal of The CIRI Foundation is to encourage the education and career development of the Foundation’s Alaska Native beneficiaries through post-secondary scholarships and grants.

The CIRI Foundation has been supporting educational dreams since 1982. In that time, The CIRI Foundation has contributed more than $42 million for the Alaska Native beneficiaries of CIRI to participate in post-secondary education. Approximately $4.1 million has been granted through The CIRI Foundation Education and Heritage Project Grant Program toward other nonprofit organization projects that further the goals of the Foundation by serving our people, Alaska Natives, and Alaskans.

The CIRI Foundation currently offers funding for postsecondary education and career education training through scholarships. Scholarship application deadlines are June 30 and December 31, with Designated Endowment and Higher Award Annual Scholarships only available at the June 30 deadline. Career Education Training scholarship application deadlines are rolling monthly. Funding is subject to availability.

The CIRI Foundation also administers a variety of village and tribal scholarships and grants, including Ninilchik Native Association, Inc. (NNAI), Salamatof Native Association Inc. (SNAI), Eklutna, Inc. (EI), and the RAVEN Fund for CIRI shareholders that are not lineal descendants of original shareholders.

Make sure to check each information page for full eligibility and award details, and feel free to contact The CIRI Foundation if you have any questions!

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