49th Finishers Scholarship

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Have you earned some college credit but not a degree?

Become a 49th Finisher and let UAA help you graduate, expand your career opportunities and reach your dreams. Together, with your drive to complete college and 49th Finishers Scholarship tuition assistance, UAA can support you in finishing your degree and propel you in the direction you want to go in life. Whether you took a break from your studies to focus on family, work, or other endeavors — or studied elsewhere, there is a home for you at UAA.


You’ve got this - Apply by July 15, 2020

What is the Scholarship Amount?

Eligible students receive*:

  • $2,000 per year - Full Time (enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits)
  • $1,000 per year - Part Time (enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits)

*Scholarship covers tuition costs only and is renewable up to $8,000 while maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

Am I Eligible? 

To qualify, you must:

  • Have earned some college credit but no bachelor’s degree* 
  • Apply for, and be admitted to, a baccalaureate program for Fall 2020
  • Be taking 6 credits or more
  • Have completed the FAFSA
  • Be an Alaska resident
  • Show satisfactory academic progress

*If you are a returning UAA student, you must have a minimum two-year break from enrollment to be eligible.

How to Apply?

To receive the 49th Finishers Scholarship:

Once eligibility is confirmed, students will be notified of the award in their award offer letter.

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The benefits of earning a college degree are boundless

A diploma from UAA will equip you with the tools you need to navigate and lead in our ever-evolving world.

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Alumni Stories

Rose Kruger 

Rose Kruger

"I think all of our nontraditional students are a sign that UAA is actually ingrained in the community.”

Rose came back to Alaska after some time away from her studies and chose UAA because of the affordability and open access, which quickly enabled her to focus on her academic goals. At UAA, she realized the importance of getting involved on campus. She immersed herself in student government and other student leadership roles. Rose now plans to pursue a Master’s degree while continuing her passion for languages by teaching English in Germany.  

Gabrielle Bejarano 

Gabrielle Bejarano

"I look at education as the engine of social mobility. I find myself to be proof of that."

Gabrielle’s path to earning her degree was lengthy and not without challenges. Her passion for science was reignited from a UAA on-campus lab assistant job and reaffirmed why she was pursuing an education. Fourteen years in the making, Gabrielle attributes staying focused and following her interests to helping her receive her geology diploma.