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Nick Begich Scholarship Fund Invites 2014/2015 Scholarship Applications

Pegge Begich, Chair of the Nick Begich Scholarship Intern Fund, announced today the call for 2014/2015 scholarship applications for Alaskans pursuing degrees and/or careers in education, government, and public service.

This year the Fund will not be offering a Fellowship/Intern award, but will do so next year. Scholarship applications can be found on the Funds website: www.nickbegichfund.org. As in past years, the Fund will seek to provide as many as twelve scholarships ranging from one $2,500 Eugene A. Kennedy scholarship to the highest-scoring applicant (which may be renewed for up to four years) to book scholarships of at least $750.00. Last year these scholarships and awards were provided to 22 Alaskans in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,500 for a combined total of nearly $27,750. Any Alaska resident pursuing a degree in education, government, or public service is eligible to apply. There is no age limitation on Scholarship applications.

The Nick Begich Scholarship Intern Fund was created in 1977 by friends and family of the late Congressman Nick Begich (D-Alaska) who passed away in a plane crash while campaigning for re-election to the United States Congress 41 years ago today. That plane was never found. Said Ms. Begich, “Last year we celebrated 35 years of providing awards to deserving Alaskans. We met up with many of our recipients from past years and were truly humbled by the great work they have done in education and public service. It has now been 41 years since Nick’s plane went down. Were he alive today he would be as impressed with the careers and commitment of these Alaskans as we are. We look forward to seeing who will be our next awardees and leaders, as we do each year.”

Since its inception the Fund has provided over $360,000 in support to nearly 370 Alaskans interested in pursuing careers in education, government, and public service. The Eugene A. Kennedy scholarship honors Congressman Begich’s long-time friend and aide, Eugene Kennedy, Executive Director of the Fund until 1994. Scholarship applications may be requested through the address below. Eligibility requirements are on the application form.

Applications will be accepted by e-mail or U.S. mail and must be sent and postmarked no later than February 28, 2014. Applications received after that date will not be considered. Award winners will be announced in April/May 2014, coinciding with the 36th anniversary of the Fund’s founding. All application documents must be submitted in one packet/ transmission to one of the following addresses: 

Media Contact:

Executive Director Tom Begich

E-mail: 

tbegich@nickbegichfund.org

U.S. mail: 

Nick Begich Scholarship Intern Fund

Attn: Tom Begich, Executive Director

P.O. Box 142711

Anchorage, AK 99514-2711

Questions about scholarships and internships may be addressed to Tom Begich and sent to the above e-mail or postal addresses.

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