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 college or vocational education programs, who meet the eligibility requirements of the organizations they apply to.

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All scholarship/vocational training applications will be reviewed after that June 30 (Fall) and Dec. 1 (Spring) deadlines. BSF does not offer any scholarship awards in between these two deadlines.

CACHE Scholarship Applications –  Updated 06/23/2016
Please read thoroughly to note any important changes in 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.

Note: The Martin Olson Memorial Scholarship is included in the CACHE and is in the amount of $500. It is awarded to one student annually who is enrolled in a Vocational Training Program.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Bering Straits Foundation, please send a check addressed to the Bering Straits Foundation, P.O. Box 1008, Nome, AK 99762. Donations can also be made via Wells Fargo account #8938527739. BSF now has the capability of accepting credit card donations with a credit card reader in the Nome office.

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.