FAIRBANKS, Alaska—The University of Alaska is now accepting applications for the President’s Teach for Alaska Scholarship.
The scholarship is in its second year and is open to any incoming undergraduate student who plans to major in education at any University of Alaska campus.
“Teachers have an immeasurable impact on the lives of our young people and we want to help the career goals of an aspiring future educator,” said UA President Jim Johnsen. “The scholarship is an important component of our emphasis on teacher education.”
The importance of cultivating the next generation of educators was emphasized by the UA Board of Regents during its March meeting informally naming the Alaska College of Education and adopting a new organizational structure that emphasizes collaboration between teacher education programs at all three universities. Next steps include selecting an executive dean to lead the college.
The newly formed Alaska College of Education, its leadership and the scholarship are all part of the university’s plan to increase the number of teachers it prepares for Alaska’s schools.
The academic scholarship will be awarded to one applicant who is enrolled as a first-time undergraduate student and who plans to pursue a four-year degree in education. The recipient will receive $1,500 each semester for four years to attend any University of Alaska campus.
Those interested must already have applied for admission to UA and must submit both a short video and short essay explaining why they plan to pursue a degree in teacher education or what they hope to accomplish as a teacher, along with two letters of recommendation.
The scholarship deadline is May 1. For information on eligibility or to apply, visit www.alaska.edu/learntoteach.
The Teach for Alaska Scholarship is funded by the university’s Land Grant Trust Endowment, which allocates funding each year for the UA Scholars program and for discretionary scholarships awarded by the university president. The endowment receives revenue from property sales and resource development – timber, gravel, gas leases, and mining – conducted on Trust lands.