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GCI to Award $100,000 in Scholarships to Alaska Students

Feb 8, 2019 | Education, News, Telecom & Tech

50 Alaska students will each receive a $2,000 scholarship for 2019-20 academic year

ANCHORAGE—As part of its effort to help cultivate Alaska’s next generation of leaders, GCI has committed $100,000 to the next round of its statewide scholarship program. Fifty students will each receive a $2,000 scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year. Funds from the GCI Scholarship Program can be used for tuition and books.

Over the past 20 years, GCI has awarded over $6 million in scholarship funds to hundreds of Alaska students attending accredited colleges and vocational/trade schools.

“Whether through universities or vocational schools, the continuing education of Alaska’s workforce is not only crucial for the future of GCI, but Alaska as a whole,” said Joe Wahl, GCI Chief Human Resources Officer. “Through this scholarship program, we hope more Alaskan students can get access to more educational opportunities, so the state can retain a competitive workforce that allows industry to grow and the economy to thrive.”

The GCI scholarship application includes information about the student’s academic and work history, a short essay question, and a brief questionnaire to be filled out by the student’s high school or college counselor or advisor, an instructor, or a work supervisor.

The application period opens February 7, 2019. Applications must be submitted no later than 5p.m. AKST on April 11, 2019.

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