ACF scholarships available for variety of fields

The Alaska Community Foundation is notifying current and incoming college students statewide of several scholarship opportunities available for a variety of study areas and student types, many of which have deadlines for application in the coming weeks.


For more information about these scholarships, including eligibility requirements and criteria, please visit the foundation’s website at

• The David E. Knox Memorial Nursing Fellowship

The David E. Knox Memorial Nursing Fellowship was established to honor Knox’ dedication to practicing nursing and to provide funding for individuals pursuing a registered nursing degree in a two-, three- or four-year program.

Applicants must be in good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and be eligible for graduation within two years of the academic term when the funds are to be used. Recipients must also commit to a one-year service obligation to practice nursing in a small Alaska community of 50,000 residents or less. The deadline is April 15. Scholarship is for $2,500.

• The Frank and Carol Pinkerton scholarship

The Frank and Carol Pinkerton Orchestral String Instrument Scholarship is available to all Alaska high school seniors committed to obtaining a college or university degree in music education with an emphasis in string instruments. The scholarship helps cover the cost of tuition, musical instruction or other musical expenses and may be renewed up to three times, totaling four years, provided there is sufficient funding.

Applicants must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and be enrolled full-time by the beginning of the semester in which the awarded funds are to be used.

The deadline is May 1, with an award amount of up to $1,500.

• Shelly Szepanski Memorial Flight Scholarship

The Shelly Szepanski Memorial Flight Scholarship was founded in remembrance of Szepanski, a wildlife biologist, outdoor enthusiast and passionate pilot. The scholarship assists women earning their private or commercial instrument flight ratings who are pursuing flying as a part of a science-related degree program. 

Interested applicants must have passed the Federal Aviation Administration written flight test and medical exam and be enrolled in a science related degree program. Awardees from the previous year are eligible to apply.

The deadline is June 15, with an award amount of up to $5,000.

• Jim Snead Memorial Scholarship

The Jim Snead Memorial Scholarship fund was established at The Alaska Community Foundation to honor the memory of Snead, a respected businessman in Anchorage for more than 20 years.

The scholarship is available to students pursuing a post-secondary education in an accredited vocational school, college or university with a concentration in transportation, business, international business or related industries.

The deadline is April 20, and the award amount is $1,000 to $1,500.

Established in 1995, the Alaska Community Foundation grants more than $5 million a year to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations across the state. For more information visit or call 907-334-6700.


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