Fall 2020 Applications will be accepted June 15 – July 15, 2020


Walter U’eldahwdi’aasen Charley

Walter U’eldahwdi’aasen Charley

The Walter Charley Memorial Scholarship (WCMS) Program funds Ahtna shareholders to assist in meeting their educational goals. Funding for the Walter Charley Memorial Scholarship is provided by Ahtna, Incorporated. The priority of the WCMS is to help support direct educational expenses including tuition, student registration fees, course required books/supplies, and other school-related expenses.

Walter U’eldahwdi’aasen Charley was born February 24, 1908 in a village near present day Copper Center called Wood Camp. A member of the Tsisyu (Paint) clan, he was the son of Ring Charley and Natelia (Stickwan) Charley. A beloved Ahtna leader, Mr. Charley was a lifelong believer in the importance of hard work and education.

Mr. Charley and wife, Mamie, instilled a love for education in each of their five children; all of whom went on to attend various universities and colleges. His daughter, Christine Craig, was the first woman president of Ahtna, Incorporated.

Mr. Charley served the Ahtna people in many leadership capacities including: past officer of the Alaska Native Brotherhood, Camp 31; Ahtna ‘T’Aene Nene, Copper River Native Association, RurAL CAP’s Village Participation Conference, and Ahtna, Incorporated. He was a tireless advocate for traditional hunting and fishing rights and testified in many hearings including the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs regarding implementation of Title 8 of ANILCA (1992).

Mr. Charley passed away on October 22, 1992. In tribute to his dedication to the Ahtna people and higher education, Ahtna, Incorporated named their scholarship the Walter Charley Memorial Scholarship.


How to Apply

Steps to apply for the Walter Charley Memorial Scholarship:

  1. Submit the online application form by July 15, 2020.
  2. Submit required supplemental documents by August 5, 2020.

Supplemental Documents

If you do not have the documents at the time of submitting the online application form you must submit them before August 5, 2020.

New applicants must submit:

  • Official proof of enrollment and registration, detailing semester class units/credits including college/university’s definitions of part-time/full-time status.
  • Reason Statement – A one-page statement where the Applicant shares their and their family’s history with Ahtna, and their future goals supporting Ahtna’s Corporation, People, and Region.

Returning applicants must submit:

  • Official proof of enrollment and registration, detailing semester class units/credits including college/university’s definitions of part-time/full-time status.
  • Transcript of prior funded Term, either official or unofficial.

Eligibility & Requirements

New Applicants

Eligibility for New Applicants

  • Ahtna Shareholders who hold at least 10 voting shares (Original, Inherited, Gifted, Class L)
  • Acceptance to an accredited college or university.

New Applicant Submission Requirements

  1. Submit online application form by July 15, 2020.
  2. Provide official proof of enrollment and registration, detailing semester class units/credits including school’s definitions of part-time/full-time status by August 5, 2020.
  3. Submit a one-page goal statement describing your professional goals by August 5, 2020.

Returning Applicants

Eligibility for Returning Applicants

  • Must have received a previous Walter Charley Memorial Scholarship and are re-applying within 2 years.
  • Must have earned at least a 2.0 GPA* for the prior funded term. *If GPA is below this, apply for probationary status.

Returning Applicant Submission Requirements

  1. Submit online application form by July 15, 2020.
  2. Provide official proof of enrollment and registration, detailing semester class units/credits including school’s definitions of part-time/full-time status by August 5, 2020.
  3. Submit an unofficial transcript for a prior funded term by August 5, 2020.

Questions can be directed to Shareholder Advocates Tracy Parent (907-868-8221) or Starr Knighten (907-822-3476) or by emailing scholarship@ahtna.net.


Awards

Awards are funded based on the amounts in the following table:

Scholarship Award per Application Period*

Undergraduate Graduate
Part-Time Full-Time Part-Time Full-Time
up to $2,000 up to $4,000 up to $3,000 up to $6,000

*All awards are subject to available funding and the number of eligible applicants at each deadline.


Apply

 

The Spring 2020 semester application is closed and the Fall 2020 semester application period will be open June 15-July 15, 2020. Applicants will receive a confirmation email with a link to log in and provide supplemental documents or you can click here to login.

Remember:

  • Submit the online application form by Fall Semester 2020 Deadline of July 15, 2020.
  • Submit required supplemental documents by Fall Semester 2020 Deadline of August 5, 2020 by clicking here and logging in.

If you have any questions in regards to the Walter Charley Memorial Scholarship application process please contact the scholarship administrator at (907) 868-8250 or scholarship@ahtna.net.