Scholarship News from UAF

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has some very exciting news to share! UAF will offer four-year scholarships to eligible students beginning in the fall 2020 semester.

The new scholarship program, Nanook Pledge, will provide four years of annual assistance to first-year students, transfer students and readmitted students at UAF enrolled in bachelor degrees. Awards for eligible students will range from $1,000 to $10,000 per year, and will be calculated based on criteria that include test scores, grade-point averages and tuition rates. Students can check their eligibility and determine the amount of their award with our online calculator.

As many of you are aware, most scholarships that UAF currently offers only provide funding for a single year at a time. Nanook Pledge is designed to overhaul the UAF scholarship process to allow for four years of predictable financial assistance to students.
Starting in January, admitted UAF students who qualify for the award will start receiving notification of their scholarships. This spring, students will receive a financial aid offer letter detailing their total cost to attend UAF, factoring in Nanook Pledge scholarships, tuition rates and other financial aid. UAF will also provide each newly admitted student with a personalized video that outlines their anticipated financial aid and expenses in clear terms.

More details about the scholarship program are available at

ASD Gifted Mentorship 2020/21

**Attention Sophomores and Juniors:  Would you like to explore a career and earn credit?  The Gifted Mentorship Program will begin accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year on February 1, 2020  You must meet GPA, coursework, and standardized test score requirements to qualify.  Students spend 45-60 hours with a mentor in their field of interest and complete various assignments, including a final project.  Mentorships are available in many fields, including healthcare and engineering.**

Visit the website for more information:

or contact the coordinator, Amber Jaasma, (907) 742-3841

Amber Jaasma, M.Ed.
Gifted Mentorship Coordinator, Gifted Education
Anchorage School District
5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK 99504

Joint Science Education Project to Greenland

REMINDER: Applications are due January 31, 2020.
We want to remind you of our exciting polar science program currently available to 11th grade high school students called the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) to Greenland. JSEP is supported by a National Science Foundation grant to Dartmouth College. Travel, lodging and meals are provided at no cost to selected students.

Competitive applicants must possess a strong interest in the natural sciences, passion for learning, sense of adventure and openness to other cultures. Applicant must be a current high school junior and a U.S. citizen.

Review the Program Requirements and Eligibility here.

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Learn More About The Program Here

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King Tech 3rd session classes in the spring


Great News! King Tech High School is offering a 3rd session. Starting on Monday,
January 13, King Tech will be offering a number of Career and Technical Education
courses after school at King Tech. The 3rd session will run for 8 weeks, Monday
through Friday, from 3-5pm. Bus transportation will be provided. The courses are
worth a .5 elective credit and a letter grade for completing the course. Please see your
counselor (MARIANNE) to register and please visit our website for more details.

Students enroll in one class and the following classes are offered:
 Health Occupations Essentials
 Intro to Aviation Technology
 Intro to Aviation Maintenance
 Intro to Carpentry
 Intro to Welding
 Intro to Construction Electricity
 Intro to Small Engines
 Culinary and Hospitality Foundations
 Rural Criminal Justice
 Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT)
 Computer Technology: Keyboarding and Word Basics
 Horticulture
 Film, Audio, and Video Production

School counselor news

We are in the last week of regular classes for this semester and intensives are starting next Monday. It is exciting to have two weeks of fun before the start of winter break and I hope the excitement will carry over to fun activities over the break.

MAP testing – some students will be doing the MAP assessment Friday December 6th during registration.The staff at Steller chose registration day for the testing to minimize impact on instruction. Students have received a note and testing time is 10:30. The testing is mandated and students who don’t participate Friday will be pulled out for testing during intensives. The test typically takes 45 – 90 minutes. I will also let students take the test prior to Friday needed. If you have a child in grades 7, 8 or 9, please ask them if they received a note about testing Friday.

PSAT scores are arriving soon and I will post a note in the hallway and let advisors know when they arrive. Students can also log in to their College Board account and some may receive and email or a text that their scores are available. I recommend that students look at areas of weakness and strength and prepare accordingly for the SAT.

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