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Scholarships are one of the best ways to support attaining your degree.

Funding sources include federal and state government, corporations, and individuals who believe in investing in student education. Scholarships are gifts; they do not have to be paid back after graduation. New and continuing students can apply for all scholarships offered by the UA Foundation with a single general application.

The deadline to apply is February 15 to be considered for scholarships for the following academic year. Select scholarships may be available after this date. Criteria for scholarships will vary.

How to apply for scholarships

Kaleidoscope is the scholarship application portal for the University of Alaska. Applicants will be automatically matched with scholarship opportunities for which they meet the criteria. Kaleidoscope also includes information on private and external scholarships and deadlines (select Opportunities > External menu option).

  1. Log in to Kaleidoscope with your UA username and password.
  2. Complete the General Application and any supplemental applications presented.
  3. If you are awarded a scholarship you will receive an award notification to your UA email address.
  4. Log in to Kaleidoscope anytime to check the status of your application and related deadlines.

Sign in to Kaleidoscope


  • You must complete a new General Application at the beginning of each fall semester.
  • If Financial Need is a scholarship requirement, you must file a FAFSA between October 1 and February 15.

Housing Scholarships

Chancellor's Award

This merit-based scholarship is awarded to new full-time students (whether first-time students or transfers) based upon academic achievement. The award covers partial costs of on-campus housing for a new student's first year at UAS. Incoming students with a 3.5 or higher GPA are eligible once their FAFSA has been completed. Awards are applied to student accounts automatically with no additional application required.

Please be aware that if your housing is covered by third-party funding, this award will be removed.

Alaska Performance Scholarship

UAS receives the Alaska Performance Scholarship for eligible students around the first day of classes for each term. Initial eligibility is determined by your high school. Continuing eligibility is determined by UAS. You must maintain a 2.5 GPA and complete 24 credits your first year of the award and a 2.5 GPA and complete 30 credits per year afterwards. The FAFSA must be submitted each year before June 30 to use the Alaska Performance Scholarship. Transfer credits and summer credits can count for your continuing eligibility needs. For more information, visit the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education.

Outside Scholarships

Scholarships are available from many outside agencies. Please check with your employer, parents’ employers, corporations, and many other companies to check on eligibility for awards. View UAS policies for outside scholarships for more details.