The Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC) Board of Directors has voted to strengthen one of the region’s most robust scholarship programs, increasing the amount available to each recipient to $2,250 per semester.
Member community residents may now receive up to $6,750 a year in NSEDC scholarships if they pursue a full-time schedule through spring, summer and fall semesters.
From its start, NSEDC has placed a high value on helping member community residents gain access to education and training. By the end of 2013, NSEDC will have issued more than $6.5 million in scholarships, supporting residents as they
have pursued their education to serve the region as teachers, pilots, lawyers, mechanics and in a host of other professions. “Establishing a scholarship program was one of the first things that NSEDC did as an organization,” said
NSEDC Board Chairman Dan Harrelson. “The Board has always firmly believed in the value of education and supported the growth of our scholarship program. I am proud that we have been able to help so many people reach their goals.”
For several years, NSEDC’s scholarship program allowed up to $1,000 per year for recipients. In 2000, that limit changed to $1,000 per semester. Over the years the limit climbed incrementally to the $2,000 level per semester, where it
remained from 2007 to 2013. This year, NSEDC awarded 382 scholarships for a total of nearly $722,000.
For more information on NSEDC’s scholarship program, please visit www.nsedc.com/eet online, or call EET Director Jerry Ivanoff at (800) 385-3190.