Arctic Education Foundation (AEF) was established in 1977 as nonprofit private foundation committed to providing support to eligible students pursuing a degree or certification. The goal of AEF is to create an educated, Iñupiaq-professional workforce that is ready to take on any job, especially those that require professionals within the North Slope region. Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and display a financial need are granted funding.
In 2017 alone, AEF awarded scholarships to 434 students
$1.7 million was awarded in educational assistance in 2017
119 students received funding for short term training
Thank you to our contributors for making this possible!
*Arctic Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) exempt private foundation. Checks can be made payable to Arctic Education Foundation, P.O. Box 129 Barrow, AK 99723.
Flossie Hopson-Andersen Award
Leona Okakok was awarded with the 2nd Annual Flossie Hopson-Andersen award for her long time support and dedication or AEF. Leona tirelessly helped many AEF scholars throughout the years and is a very special person who had a hand in so many of the successes that have come out of the foundation. Leona was joined by her husband and family at the 2016 Ivalu Gala to receive this award.
The inaugural gala debuted the first Flossie Hopson-Anderson Award to the one who deserved it the most, Flossie Hopson-Andersen. Flossie was instrumental in the foundation becoming a nonprofit and has personally helped many of the executives that run Arctic Slope Regional Corporation today. It was an honor to have this award created in her namesake, and to honor her with this award in front of friends, families, and AEF supporters. Flossie was joined by her husband and family to receive this award.