April 26, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2022

937 students will graduate with the UA Scholars
Award distinction

’s graduating high school class of 2022 includes 937 students designated for the prestigious UA Scholars Award. Members of the cohort hail from 238 high schools in communities ranging from Akiachak to Yakutat.

Each year, high school officials in identify the top ten percent of the graduating class for the UA Scholars Award - meaning they are some of the top academic achievers in the state. This designation includes a $12,000 scholarship for use at the University of ’s three institutions, UAA, UAF, or UAS, and their 13 community campuses. 

“We honor and celebrate UA Scholars in the class of 2022 on their upcoming graduation from high school,” said Lael Oldmixon, the program’s executive director. “This cohort represents some of ’s best and brightest minds. Through them, will remain strong and ready for whatever the future holds. Our universities are poised and ready to accept them as students and partners in creating the life they want in a state they love.” 

UA Scholars receive the $12,000 scholarship in $1,500 payments over eight semesters. This scholarship can be used in conjunction with other types of scholarships and financial aid like the Performance Scholarship.

Once enrolled, UA Scholars have the flexibility to take two semesters off for any reason, including before they start attending the university. “This gives them the opportunity to travel, go on service trips, take a lighter credit load, attend to family business, or explore other opportunities,” Oldmixon explained. 

While the award is specific to programs in the system, students can use the funds to Study Away (abroad or through National Student Exchange). “It’s a great way for students to explore outside of while paying in-state rates,” Oldmixon said. 

UA Scholars are offered a free application for admission, which they must submit by May 1, 2022, to secure the $12,000 scholarship. counselors from UAA, UAF, and UAS offer assistance through weekly virtual “office hours” to answer questions for UA Scholars, their parents, and guidance counselors through April 30. Meeting days and times vary by campus. A complete list can be found at alaska.edu/scholars.  

The scholarships are funded by the Land Grant Trust Fund. This endowment receives revenue from property sales and resource development conducted on Trust lands. Many UA Scholars also qualify for the Performance Scholarship and UA Foundation scholarships which are separately funded and managed programs. 

The established the UA Scholars Award in 1999 to encourage students to attend and graduate from college in their home state. It is designed to provide an incentive for secondary school students to achieve academic excellence,  nourish efforts to provide high-quality education, and encourage high school graduates from every community to seriously consider the opportunities that the system offers.

“Choosing to use the UA Scholars Award to attend the Fairbanks allowed me to obtain a high-quality education at a more affordable price. UAF equipped me with the tools and research experiences I needed to pursue my medical degree through the University of Washington WWAMI program at UAA,” said Alyssa (Weaver) Wells, MD (UAF ‘16).

Congratulations, UA Scholars, on your hard work and this incredible opportunity!” 

A complete list of the class of 2022 UA Scholars will be printed and inserted in newspapers on May 8, 2022. Learn more at .

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For more information or to request an interview, please contact Lael Oldmixon, lmoldmixon@alaska.edu, 907-450-8115.