SHI expands support for Native Language Study and instruction at UAS

    Photo of 2022 language graduates by Stacy Unzicker, courtesy of Sealaska Heritage Institute.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will fund University of Alaska (UAS) students interested in taking courses in X̱aad Kíl, Sm'algyax and Lingít through a new initiative, Our Ancestor’s Echoes.

    Through the program, SHI will also fund language teachers at UAS to provide free, non-credited language classes.

    This funding will be available each semester throughout the duration of the three-year project, beginning with the spring 2023 semester and concluding with the spring 2025 semester.

    Scholarship applicant requirements include being Alaska Native, planning to take an eligible language course, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 as a full or part-time student at the UAS Juneau campus.

    Preference will go to applicants who are majoring in a field related to language (e.g. Alaska Native Languages and Studies) and to those who are working towards a heritage language teaching or speaking certificate.

    The application is only for scholarship funding; students must register for the UAS course independently.

    Funding for these course credits is limited.

    Application and necessary documents should be emailed to by Friday, January 6.

    Applicants must include an unofficial transcript from their most recently attended school and documents to show tribal affiliation.

    Applicants will be notified by email regarding their acceptance status.

    Through the same project, SHI also selected six Native language students for a bachelor's degree program to further perpetuate Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian languages.

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