UA Scholars Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a UA Scholar Award?

A UA Scholars Award is an $12,000 scholarship awarded to Alaska high school students who are in the top 10% of their class as determined by their school. The Award may be used at any campus of the University of Alaska and is distributed in the amount of $1,500 per semester for eight semesters (over five years) provided the Scholar remains eligible.

Do I need to read the Program Information Booklet?

Yes! You should read it from cover to cover to make the most of your Award.

Is a UA Scholars Award a full-ride scholarship?

The Award goes a long way toward the cost of an education at the University of Alaska; however, it is not a full-ride scholarship. While eligible, you will receive $1,500 per semester to help cover your educational expenses.

What deadline do I need to meet?

You must apply for admission to the UA campus of your choice by May 1 of your senior year. Missing this deadline will cause your Award to expire.

When does the Award expire?

The Award expires under any of the following conditions:

  • You fail to meet the May 1 application for admission deadline;
  • You fail to take a distribution for more than two semesters after your high school graduation;
  • You have been paid the entire amount of the Award; or
  • You fail to uphold the 'Scholar Requirements"' as stated in the Program Information Booklet

Can I take time off from using my Award?

Yes, you may take a leave of absence of up to two semesters at any time during the five year period following your high school graduation. During the leave of absence you will not receive your Award. If you do not receive a distribution of your Award for more than two semesters, your Award will expire unless, in certain narrow circumstances, you apply for and the Program Administrator determines you are eligible for an extension to your leave of absence.

How do I take advantage of my leave of absence?

Your Award and your leave of absence are secured once you've met the May 1 deadline to apply for admission. If you plan to use your leave of absence for the first fall semester after graduation, please indicate the semester in which you plan to enroll on your application for admission.

Do I need to inform the UA Scholars Program if I am going to use my leave of absence?

You don't need to inform the Scholars Program office but you should contact your campus admissions office to postpone your enrollment.

Do I have to start classes right after graduation?

Unless you are using a leave of absence, you must begin using your Award the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.

How is my Award paid to me?

Your Award is posted to your student account at the university once you've been accepted into a degree or certificate program and are enrolled as a full time student. Distribution of Awards occurs during the normal fee payment period each semester you're eligible.

Can I apply online?

You may complete your application for admission online at

What must I do to maintain good academic standing?

You must uphold the University's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy toward completion of your degree or certificate program, complete a minimum of 12 credits each fall and spring semester, complete the minimum number of annual credits (24 credits academic year one and 30 credits academic year two and beyond) and maintain a 2.5 minimum GPA.

What if I have other financial aid?

Your Award may be used in conjunction with other funding sources. If you have a credit balance on your account due to funding from the UA College Savings Plan account, additional scholarship(s) or financial aid, your campus may issue you a refund.

Does my UA Scholar Award work with the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS)?

Yes. However, in some cases the amount of the APS award may be reduced. The APS amount may not exceed an award recipient’s unmet costs of attendance after all other non-loan aid a recipient is eligible for has been applied. The sum of all other aid for which a student is eligible (including your UA Scholars Award) will be deducted from the cost of attendance before the APS is applied.  Visit for more information.

Can I use my Award on a qualified exchange program?

You can use your Award towards a qualified exchange program but not during your first year of attendance. 

For more information on exchange programs contact your campus admissions office.

Do I have to attend a campus orientation session?

Yes. Your campus will provide you with more information regarding its orientation requirements.

Can I use the Award during a summer term?

You may use your Award to take classes during the summer term but only if you are enrolled in at least 12 credits. Contact your campus financial aid department to ensure payment of your Award during the summer term.

Do I need to be a United States citizen to use my Award?

You must be either a US citizen or alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Please contact our office if you do not meet this criterion.

If I graduate from high school early, can I begin using my Award?

Yes, you may begin using your Award as soon as you graduate and meet all of the other eligibility requirements.

Can I start using the Award before I receive my high school diploma?

No, you must have a high school diploma before you can start using your Award. If you receive a certificate of achievement or GED instead of a diploma you will not be eligible to redeem your Award.

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