JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 school year. Scholarship awards will be made to Sealaska shareholders and descendants enrolled in accredited college, university and voc-tech schools.
The scholarship funds awarded are provided by Sealaska Corporation from an endowment and corporate 7 (i) sharing provisions established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). The Section 7(i) Agreement among the regional corporations provides scholarships to students seeking degrees in disciplines that lead to employment in Sealaska or its subsidiaries.
The institute also will award one scholarship from the Judson L. Brown Endowment Fund, which was founded in 2006 by Chris and Mary McNeil.
SHI is a Native nonprofit established in 1980 to administer educational and cultural programs for Sealaska, a regional Native corporation formed under ANCSA. The institute's mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures.
Applications are available at www.sealaskaheritage.org. The deadline is March 1.