Simplified Application Process

The Bering Straits Foundation, Sitnasuak Foundation, Kawerak, Inc., Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation and Norton Sound Health Corporation have partnered to ease the process of applying for scholarships for the people of our region. The application is called “CACHE” which stands for “Combined Application for College and Higher Education.” This application is for individuals going into accredited colleges or vocational education programs, who meet the eligibility requirements of the organizations they apply to. Application deadlines for all types of education scholarships are June 30 (Fall) and Dec. 1 (Spring). BSF does not offer any scholarship awards in between these two deadlines. Please contact BSF for more information at or (907) 521-7207.

Apply Online – Preferred Method!

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Apply Via Paper Application!

If you do not have access to apply via the preferred online method, you can still apply using the paper CACHE scholarship application that was most recently updated  –5/17/2017.  Please use the most current application and read thoroughly to be familiar with all deadlines, requirements, and application language. It is the responsibility of the applicant to stay up-to-date on changes to the CACHE application and to the individual CACHE scholarship programs. We will not accept any applications that are submitted on outdated forms.

Note: The $500 annual Martin L. Olson Memorial Scholarship is included in the CACHE (pg. 9). It is awarded to one student annually at the June 30 application deadline to an eligible student enrolled in a Vocational Training Program.

Other Scholarships and Financial Aid
Nome Eskimo Community Scholarship: This scholarship is available to tribal members of Nome Eskimo Community.

The CIRI Foundation: The CIRI Foundation publishes the Education Resources Handbook to provide education and career planning information for students interested in pursuing a successful career after high school. The handbook contains valuable information to assist in preparing to attend a post-secondary education program including financial aid, internship, fellowship and training opportunities. In addition, there are reference materials about other educational support services at the post-secondary level.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid: Determine eligibility for federal student financial aid (including Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, and work-study programs). In addition, most states and schools use information from the FAFSA to award non-federal aid.

Alaska Advantage: For the lowest possible cost for financial aid loan programs, grant programs for Alaska students Loan cost reduction for Alaska’s residents and a full menu of other borrower benefits and outreach programs to help Alaskans access higher education.