KEF Scholarship Opportunities 

KEF Scholarships are awarded based on availability of funds in the scholarship program. Students are encouraged to apply annually at the July 31st deadline to receive the full year award. Applications turned in during subsequent application periods may be funded at a lower amount, which will be determined by the number of applicants and available funds.

KEF currently offers 9 different scholarship opportunities.

KEF General Scholarship

The KEF General Scholarships are designed to provide all eligible applicants scholarships to attend accredited institutions. The amounts are awarded annually, then divided by term (for example traditional semesters are paid out in half, four quarter sessions paid out in fourths, etc.) Students must maintain and provide documentation of current eligibility at the end of each term.

Part time students (6-11 credits per term) are eligible for funding, but may only receive half the amount determined for full time students.

KEF General Scholarship program does not fund scholarships for graduate students, students at non –accredited institutions or students enrolled in less than six credits.

Additionally, students will not be eligible for KEF scholarships if they receive Donlin Gold Kuskokwim Education Foundation scholarship funds.

KEF General Scholarship Eligibility requirements include:

Must have attained high school diploma or G.E.D.Be admitted into accredited post-secondary or vocational training programBe a TKC ShareholderComplete the required application and materials by deadlineAll applicants must be in good academic standing (cumulative and term GPA 2.5 or higher.


KEF Competitive Scholarships

KEF competitive (named) scholarships are awarded based on unique criteria and awarded based on merit and demonstrated financial need, as funds are available. These scholarships are awarded annually and typically paid out in equal amounts throughout the academic year. Students must maintain eligibility throughout the year. Students may reapply for subsequent years, however funding is not guaranteed.

KEF General and Competitive Deadlines are:
July 31st, December 31st, and April 30th.

KEF “Non-Traditonal” Scholarships

Professional Development

Funding is intended for non-degree seeking applicants looking to enhance their employability skills, improve professional performance and complete continuing education requirements for licensure and certifications. This may include study programs, conferences or trainings, workshops and webinars.


Personal Development

Funding is intended to support enhancing personal life skills in and out of the workplace such as time management, project management, conflict resolution or home finance courses.


Culutral Learning

Funding is intended to support costs associated with completing or teaching courses that enhance and/or sustain knowledge and skills related to Alaska Native cultures such as language courses, heritage/cultural camps, beading, sewing, carving, fish cutting or other culturally focused workshops.