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ATTENTION STUDENTS: Searching and applying for scholarship assistance and other financial aid usually pays off in the long run! Take the time to find resources that can help you.

BBNC Education Foundation Scholarship Programs

Higher Education/Vocational Education (HE/VE) Scholarship

This is a once per year application program. Application due date is 5 p.m. AK time, April 8, 2016, for the 2016-17 academic year.

New this year!  You may send in your application by mail, email or fax. To be considered eligible for review, your application must be complete and received (not postmarked) by the deadline time and date of 5 p.m. AK time, April 8, 2016. Please make sure your application and all attachments including your most recent official unopened transcript are sent well before the deadline date.  

2016-17 Higher Education/Vocational Education Scholarship Guidelines and Application (updated 12/2015)


  1. Read the guidelines for more information on the scholarship program and for tips and suggestions.
  2. Complete the application and submit by 5 p.m. AK time on April 8, 2016.Include all attachments when submitting.

Questions? Contact the BBNC Education Foundation at 907-278-3602.

Short Term Vocational Education (STVE) Scholarship

The BBNCEF accepts applications for the Short-term Vocational Education (STVE) program throughout the year, pending available funds. To be eligible for this scholarship funding, you must be a BBNC shareholder enrolled in a short-term training program that enhances your opportunities for employment or promotion.

Effective January 1, 2016! – The maximum scholarship award under an STVE program is up to $1000 per person, per calendar year. Awards must be used within three months of the award date.

STVE scholarship awards may not be used for courses that have already begun or completed prior to the application being received and approved for award of a specific program. Awards must be used for the training period awarded and may not be carried forward to another time period.

STVE recipients who do not honor STVE award conditions during the awarded training period may be subject to a probationary period of one year from the date of the violation where the student will not be eligible to receive STVE funding. After the probationary period ends, the student will be eligible to again apply for STVE funding. Questions? Please contact the BBNC Education Foundation at 907-265-7856.

Short Term Vocational Education Scholarship Application (updated 12/2015)

NOTE: The budget for this program is limited.Applications are reviewed on a first come – first served basis and must be complete before an award will be considered.

Other Scholarships & Resources

Remember to check out scholarships available in your community (BBNA, BBEDC, village corporations, tribal councils and local businesses, etc.)  Apply for scholarships from the college, university or vocational school you plan to attend. Click here for a handy list of these programs – be sure to double-check with the agency for their deadline dates and eligibility requirements.

Bristol Bay Regional Scholarship Providers

Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA) Higher Education and Adult Vocational Training Program

Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation (BBEDC) Education, Employment and Training

Other Scholarship Providers

You should also check out the CIRI Foundation’s Education Resource Handbook for school and funding information.


The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) has a suite of opportunities for middle school, high school and college students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree programs and careers. To learn more, visit www.ansep.net

U.S. Department of Education

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
One must complete and submit this application to apply for federal student aid and to apply for most state and college aid. (This includes the U.S. Department of Interior/Bureau of Indian Affairs Higher Education funding administered by Bristol Bay Native Association or potentially through other tribal organizations near where you reside).

Note: If you or your family has unusual or extenuating circumstances (such as loss of employment, etc.) consult with the financial aid officer at the college you plan to attend.

Be wary of organizations that charge a fee to submit your application to find you money for school. The help you pay for can be obtained for free from your school or from the U.S. Department of Education.

You may also complete the FAFSA on the web. A worksheet is available for you to complete prior to actually filing online. Visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ for more information.

REMEMBER!! Searching and applying for scholarship assistance and other financial aid usually pays off in the long run! Take the time to find resources that can help you.