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Career Assistance Program

Ahtna believes in providing opportunities to promote shareholder prosperity. The Shareholder Enrichment Career Assistance Program is designed to provide Ahtna shareholders with funding to assist with pre-employment preparation, job improvement, and training. The program is open to voting shareholders (Original, Inherited, Gifted, Class L) that are 18 years of age or older.

Shareholders must submit an online application to request funding that will improve their career opportunities. The list below is not exhaustive but provides examples of what may be funded. Shareholder Enrichment will determine if funding requests meet the requirements of the program. Other funding sources (such as Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC), Copper River Native Association (CRNA), etc.) will be explored first.


To become a Scholarship Recipient, individuals must be:

  • An Ahtna, Inc. shareholder who holds at least 10 voting shares (Original, Inherited, Gifted, Class L); and,
  • 17 years of age or older.

Examples of what the program is intended to cover:

Getting Documents for Work

  • Fees to obtain legal documents needed for employment
  • Initial Union membership dues
  • Fees to obtain licensure (such as driver license reinstatement, pilot license, professional license, etc.)
  • Proctor for driver test

Getting Started at Work

  • Work clothing
  • Tools
  • Safety gear/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Travel costs
  • Childcare
  • Meals/per diem
  • Gas/fuel
  • Rent


(Not covered by the Walter Charley Memorial Scholarship)

  • GED study class/tutor group
  • Online courses
  • Study guides/materials
  • Certificate programs
  • Vocation/Craft training courses such as: CDL training
    • Operators training
    • Heavy equipment training
    • Mechanic training
    • Safety training
    • Flagger classes
    • Carpentry
    • Electric
    • Plumbing

Excluded Categories

The following items do not qualify to receive Career Assistance Program funding:

  • Requests not related to pre-employment preparation, job improvement, or training
  • Insurance
  • Down payment on a car
  • Breathalyzer machines
  • Court fines
  • Ongoing Union dues

How to Apply

Steps to apply for the Shareholder Enrichment Career Assistance Program :

  1. Submit the online application form below.