Scholarships at PWSC

Scholarship recipient at Prince William Sound College in Valdez, Alaska

Prince William Sound College Scholarships

All new and current full-time PWSC students admitted to financial aid eligible degree and certificate programs may apply for PWSC scholarships. All PWSC scholarships are competitive awards sponsored with funds raised primarily from local support. Eligibility, application deadlines, and award amounts vary by scholarship. More information on each scholarship and application links are provided below.

Please contact the Student Affairs with any questions at 907-834-1600 or email pwsc.student.services@alaska.edu.

All scholarships will be disbursed after the add/drop deadline each semester.

  • PWSC Merit Scholarship

    Recognizes scholastic achievement, degree progress, and community engagement of first-year, continuing, and transfer students. Academic record, in addition to in-class and out of class activity and commitment to both scholarly and civic pursuits, will be considered.

    • Presidential Merit Scholarship: up to $1000 per semester Minimum GPA 3.5
    • Regent’s Merit Scholarship: up to $750 per semester Minimum GPA 3.0
    • Trustee’s Merit Scholarship: up to $500 per semester Minimum GPA 2.75

    Merit Scholarship Application 

    Application Deadline

    • Fall: August 17
    • Spring: November 22

     

     Note: Students will not be considered for both the Merit Scholarship and the Area High School Graduate Award. Fall awards are renewable for spring; minimum GPA to maintain scholarship is a 2.5, and drop in semester grades may result in reduction of the original award amount.

  • Stan Stephens Memorial Scholarship

    The PWSC Stan Stephens Memorial Scholarship recognizes scholastic achievement, degree progress, and community engagement for first-year, continuing, and transfer students.

    Award amount: $500-$1,000 per semester

    Minimum GPA: 2.5

    Stan Stephens Memorial Scholarship Application

    Application Deadline

    • Fall: August 17
    • Spring: November 22

     

    Note: Fall awards are renewable for spring; minimum GPA to maintain scholarship is a 2.5, and drop in semester grades may result in a reduction of the original award amount.

  • Regional High School Graduate Award

    Recognizes scholastic achievement and civic involvement of recent area high school graduates (Valdez, Cordova, Glennallen, Kenny Lake, and Slana High Schools). The scholarship is awarded in May to high school seniors who enroll at PWSC the following fall semester.

    Award amount: up to $1,250 per semester

    Minimum GPA: 2.75

    Regional High School Graduate Award Application

    Application Deadline

    • Fall: May 16

     

    Note: Students will not be considered for both the Area High School Graduate Award and the Merit Scholarship. Fall awards renewable to spring; minimum GPA to maintain scholarship is a 2.5, and drop in semester grades may result in a reduction of the original award amount.

  • Eyak Award

    Available to students holding Eyak Tribal membership, students enrolled at the Cordova Extension Center, or residents of Cordova studying at the main campus in Valdez. Scholastic record, community involvement, and need will be considered.

    Award amount: up to $1,250 per semester

    Minimum GPA: 2.5

    Eyak Scholarship Application

    Application Deadline

    • Fall: August 17
    • Spring: November 22

     

    Note: To be eligible for this scholarship, students need only be enrolled in at least 6 credits. Students will not be considered for both the Area High School Award and the Eyak Award. Fall awards renewable to spring; minimum GPA to maintain scholarship is a 2.25.

  • Archery Sportsmanship Scholarship

    Supports the full-time study of students actively involved in the PWSC Collegiate Archery Program.

    Award amount: $250 per semester

    Minimum GPA: 2.5

    Archery Scholarship

    Application Deadline

    • Fall: August 17
    • Spring: November 22

     

    Note: To qualify, applicants must actively participate in the archery program by enrolling in the Collegiate Archery Course and/or demonstrating active involvement in the PWSC Archery Club. No prior archery experience is required for consideration. Withdrawal from participation in the class or the club will result in revocation of the award.

  • GED Completion Grant

    Supports students admitted to a degree program who completed their GED from PWSC within the past year.

    Award amount: $250-$500 per semester

    GED Completion Grant Application

    Application Deadline

    • Fall: August 17
    • Spring: November 22

     

    Note: One grant awarded per semester. Minimum enrollment of 6 credits per semester. Renewable with at least a 2.5 semester GPA. The award is contingent on positive endorsement by the PWSC Adult Basic Education (ABE) coordinator.

  • Part-Time Student Scholarship

    The PWSC Part-Time Student Scholarship recognizes scholastic achievement and degree progress for the first year, continuing, and transfer students enrolled in 6-11 credits.

    Award amount: $250-$500 per semester

    Minimum GPA: 3.0

    Part-Time Student Scholarship Application

    Application Deadline

    • Fall: August 17
    • Spring: November 22

     

    Note: Fall awards are renewable for Spring; minimum GPA to maintain scholarship is a 2.5, and drop in semester grades may result in a reduction of the original award amount.

 

General Eligibility Requirements for New Awards 

Unless otherwise specified, minimum eligibility requirements for PWSC scholarships include:

  1. Minimum high school or college GPA of 2.5
  2. Admission to a PWSC degree or certificate program
  3. Enroll in a minimum of 12 credits through PWSC (full-time status)
  4. Be in good standing for academic progress and student conduct
  5. Full application and all required documents must be received by the Office of Financial Aid by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date (application deadlines vary by scholarship).
  6. Applications can be submitted by one of the following ways:
    1. By email: Sent as an email attachment to pwsc.student.services@alaska.edu
    2. By fax: (907)834-1635
    3. By mail: PWSC Scholarship Committee, PO Box 97, Valdez, AK 99686
    4. In person: Dropped off at the Help Desk on the Valdez PWSC Campus

ALL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE

  1. Completed scholarship application for each scholarship.
  2. A minimum of two current letters of recommendation from a past or current instructor, employer, or other appropriate sources. These individuals should be able to comment on your academic performance, community involvement, general character, achievements, and aptitude to succeed at PWSC as a student. Letters may be submitted by the applicant or sent directly to the Financial Aid Coordinator.
  3. A self-composed essay. Topics vary by scholarship. Unless otherwise specified, scholarship essays should be a minimum of one full page and no more than three. They should clearly address all aspects of the essay topic.
  4. Transcripts (high school and/or college, or certificate of GED completion).
  5. Proof of FAFSA completion.

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