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Posted: Friday, March 03, 2000

Half-price tickets at Eaglecrest

Half-price ski tickets and rentals are available at Eagelcrest Ski Area Sunday for those who bring non-perishable food items for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.

Two items at the ticket window will allow a half-price full-day lift ticket, while two additional items can be exchanged for a half-price full-day rental. Season pass holders can get a free belt wax in exchange for food items.

U.S. Census offers form assistance

The U.S. Census Bureau will be operating Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QACs) from March 6 through April 14 in 54 communities throughout Alaska to help people with their Decennial Census forms. There is no cost for the service.

Trained volunteers and census staff will be available to answer questions, provide large-print guides, reading and language assistance. Visual aids in 37 languages will be available and some centers will have bilingual staff. Toll-free telephone numbers will be given to those needing assistance that cannot be provided at the local level. All assistance is strictly confidential.

After March 31, ``Be Counted'' questionnaires will be available at QACs sites for people who did not receive a census form or did not have conventional housing on April 1.

For more information call David Olivera at 271-1280.

Graduate scholarships offered

Four scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded to persons entering graduate study for the first time in the fall of 2000.

The awards are for students pursuing an advanced degree in political science, public administration, public policy or a related field. Sprint Corporation, in coordination with the Women's Network of the National Conference of State legislatures, is providing the scholarship funds.

The scholarships will be based on a variety of factors, including scholastic achievement, written statements by the applicant, community/school involvement and letters of recommendation. Applications and supporting documentation are due no later than June 20. For more information call (800) 796-3464.

AVA offers tourism scholarships

The Alaska Visitors Association is offering 21 scholarships totaling $30,450 for students pursuing tourism-related education.

As the statewide trade association for Alaska's visitor industry, AVA sponsors the scholarship program to help Alaska residents receive training in careers related to the state's travel industry, such as business, marketing, finance, customer service, and food service. Students who are enrolled or are intending to enroll in any education program with the intent to pursue a career in Alaska tourism are encouraged to apply, as are current tourism employees returning to complete a program or pursue additional education.

Applications are due by March 31. Criteria include Alaska residency, financial need, demonstrated tourism initiative and grade point average.

This year's scholarships rage from $500 tuition assistance awards to $5,000 cash awards. The program also includes awards specifically designated for continuing education/degree completion and graduating high school seniors.

For more information or to request an application, contact the Alaska Visitors Association office at 2525 C Street, Suite 400, Anchorage, AK 99503; by phone at (907) 561-5733; by fax at (907) 561-5727; or via e-mail ava@avanet.org.



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