Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - High school seniors from nearly 250 high schools across Alaska have been identified as this year's class of UA Scholars, qualifying each of them for a $12,000 scholarship to use at any University of Alaska location.
In order to be eligible, students must be ranked within the top ten percent of their class at the end of their junior year.
As of October 20th, 939 students have been identified with that accomplishment.
In November, recognition events will be hosted in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Wasilla, Juneau, Kodiak, and virtually.
University leadership, faculty, staff, alumni, and current UA Scholars will be present to acknowledge the recipients.
"We are excited to welcome the class of 2023 UA Scholars," said Lael Oldmixon, the program's executive director. "Their academic performance distinguishes them as some of the top students in Alaska. Our universities across the University of Alaska system would be privileged to have them as students."
The events to take place in November will highlight the diverse and extensive opportunities that await for the UA Scholars within the UA system, including exchange programs, honors programs, undergraduate research, internships, academic programs and additional scholarships.
Since its inception in 1999, this scholarship program has awarded more than $70 million in academic support resulting in more than 7,000 degrees and certificates for students from nearly every community across the state.
Awardees receive the $12,000 scholarship in $1,500 payments over eight semesters.
UA Scholars are also offered free applications for admission.
Students have the flexibility offered to take two semesters off for any reason.
"This gives them the opportunity to travel, go on service trips, take a lighter credit load, attend to family business, or explore other life adventures," Oldmixon said.
While the award is specifically meant to use within the University of Alaska system, students can use the funds to study abroad or study elsewhere in the United States through the National Student Exchange program.
"It's a great way for students to adventure outside of Alaska while paying in-state rates," Oldmixon said.
Awards are funded by the University of Alaska Land Grant Trust Fund.
The endowment receives revenue from property sales and resource development conducted on university lands.
Many UA Scholars also qualify for the Alaska Performance Scholarship, as well as other scholarships through their campus.
To learn more visit alaska.edu/.