JUNEAU - The Sealaska Heritage Institute has awarded about $356,000 in scholarships to Sealaska shareholders and descendants.
Institute President Rosita Worl says scholarships for university and vocational studies went to 386 Alaska Native students. The scholarships will aid students for the 2010-2011 school year.
Some money also will pay for heritage studies, language studies and culture camps.
Worl says Sealaska scholarships are based on merit and students with higher grades and class standing receive larger awards.
The awards are funded by Sealaska Corp., the regional Native corporation for southeast Alaska formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971.