Fall 2010 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Southeast Conference Scholarship for students at the University of Alaska Southeast. Since November 2000, $102,700 has been awarded. The scholarship was conceived and developed at the annual Southeast conference in September 2000. The idea was to create financial incentives for residents of Southeast Alaska to attend the University of Alaska Southeast. A contribution from Alaska Airlines provided initial funding. Since then, annual contributions to the fund by Southeast Conference have helped it grow to $2.5 million. The latest principal balance figure is $52,348. Recipient awards range from $500 to $3,600.
"It is a great pleasure for members of Southeast Conference to support the education opportunities for the people of Southeast Alaska," said Southeast Conference Executive Director Shelly Wright. "Thanks to our donors and supporters, after 10 years we have been able to help many students achieve their goals."
This fall, $18,000 was awarded to 15 students. Preference was given to returning students in non-traditional programs who have been out of college for at least five years and to candidates in upper level class work or in their final year of certification courses.
"I think that education is one resource that can never be over exploited," writes 2010-11 recipient Deb Corso.
A single mother who raised her daughter on a salmon troller, Corso worked in commercial fisheries for more than 20 years before enrolling as a full time student at UAS. She is working on a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in social sciences and minor in creative writing.
"I am thoroughly committed to completing my education so that I can be financially solvent and self sufficient and can give back to my community," she said.
To apply for a 2011-12 Southeast Conference Scholarship, contact the UAS office of Financial Aid at 796-6255 or visit www.uas.alaska.edu/financial_aid.
The deadline for all UAS scholarships is Feb. 15, 2011.