UA Scholars

Recognizing outstanding academic achievement

UA Scholars Award

The UA Scholars Award is a $15,000 scholarship awarded to Alaska high school students who are in the top 10% of their class at the end of their junior year as determined by their school.

The UA Scholars Award may be used at any University of Alaska campus and is distributed in the amount of $1,875 per semester for eight semesters, provided the Scholar remains eligible.

How do I know if I am a UA Scholar?

The UA Scholars Program will notify you between May 1 and October 1, after you’ve completed your junior year.

Secure Your UA Scholars Award

Apply as a UA Scholar and reserve your award

  • As a UA Scholar, your application to UAA, UAF or UAS is free.
  • You must apply to the UA campus of your choice by its published application deadline for the fall semester following your senior year of high school. The UAA application deadline is August 15.
  • Once you’ve applied and been admitted to a UA school, your UA Scholar award is reserved for you.
  • You may postpone your admission and the use of your UA Scholar award for up to four semesters.

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Benefits as a UA Scholar

Beyond the potential $15,000 in scholarship award, UA Scholars can take advantage of these other benefits at UAA:

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University Honors College

UA Scholars are automatically accepted into the University Honors College upon applying. Within the UHC, you can design your own academic pathway according to your interests and goals.

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Academic Honors Housing Scholarship

UA Scholars are eligible for a renewable $1,500 annual housing scholarship applied toward the cost of living on campus.

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Academic Honors Living Learning Community

Live on campus in a community of academically-focused peers and gain access to programs and services tailored to your needs.

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Student Research Opportunities

Join in exciting theoretical and applied research projects, offered in nearly every discipline.

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Study Abroad and National Exchange

Use your UA Scholar award to study for a semester internationally or in other U.S. states, Guam, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Meet with a UAA Admissions Counselor

Grace Aubrey

Grace Aubrey

Admissions Counselor
Enrollment Services Center
(907) 786-1926

Have questions about the UA Scholars process or UAA?
Grace and the UAA Admissions team are here to help!


Schedule an Appointment


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UA Scholars Info Sessions

Learn more about how to access your UA Scholars Award, take a tour of campus, and find out if UAA is a good fit for you!

Register for Upcoming Info Session

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UA Scholars Award Recognition Event

Held each fall at various locations around the state, this recognition event is a night to celebrate your achievements in earning a UA Scholars Award. The UA Scholars Class of 2025 recognition events will be held in Fall 2024 and you will be invited closer to that time.

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Visit Campus

Explore the UAA campus and learn more about the many programs and opportunities UAA offers.

Campus Tour Options


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What's next?

Once you've applied and are in the process of being admitted, check out your next steps in getting ready for UAA.



Helpful Resources

Refer to the UA Scholars Program website for detailed information about the award. In particular, check out the UA Scholars Program Information Booklet and extensive FAQ section.