Scholarships for American Indians


Tribes and Nations  - Misc. and Other Minorities


 Howard Keck/Westmin Endowment Scholarship Fund

Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
Attn: The CIRI Foundation
3600 San Jeronimo Drive, Suite 256
Anchorage, AK 99508-2870
(907) 793-3575                                     Toll-free: (800) 764-3382               Fax: (907) 793-3585          


To provide financial assistance for undergraduate or graduate studies to Alaska Natives who are original enrollees to Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) and their lineal descendants.


This program is open to Alaska Native enrollees to CIRI under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971 and their lineal descendants. There are no Alaska residency requirements or age limitations.

Applicants must be accepted or enrolled full time in

  • a 2-year undergraduate
  • 4-year undergraduate
  • or graduate degree program

They may be studying in any field but must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Along with their application, they must submit a 500-word statement on

  • their educational and career goals
  • how they are contributing, or planning to contribute, to a positive Alaska Native community.

Selection is based on

  • that statement
  • academic achievement
  •  rigor of course work or degree program
  •  student financial contribution
  • financial need
  • grade level
  • previous work performance
  • community service
  • and relationship of degree program to career goals

Financial data

Depending on GPA the stipend is

  • $20,000 per year
  • $10,000 per year
  • $8,000 per year depending
  • $2,500 per semester


semester or 1 year.

Additional information

This fund was established in 1986.

Number awarded

Varies each year; recently, 5 of these scholarships were awarded.


  • May of each year for annual scholarships
  • May or November of each year for semester scholarships