The GCI Scholarship Program

Over the past 20 years, GCI has donated more than $6 million in scholarships to young, promising Alaska students through the GCI Scholarship Program.

Investing in Alaska’s future

We value Alaska youth and strive to invest in our state’s future. Every year, GCI donates $100,000 in scholarships through the GCI Donovan Walsh Scholarship, and the GCI Scholarship Program. The GCI Scholarship Program is an $80,000 investment each year to high school seniors across the state.

The application period for the 2021 GCI Scholarship is now closed.

Learn more about the program
About the GCI Scholarship application
We strategically created our application criteria to reach students that may not qualify for other scholarships. We also include a focus on students who want to pursue a major, trade or vocational training relevant to science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The applicant’s education and training endeavors should help to ensure an adequate, well-training workforce in technology.

This may include but not limited to coding, web design, gaming, IT, cyber security, product technology, medical technicians, health aides and installing and maintaining networks.

Applicants who live in Rural Alaska and applicants who express an intention to return to Alaska to start their careers are strongly encouraged to apply.
Spring 2021 Qualifications:
  • 2020 graduates and 2021 graduating seniors of an Alaska high school
  • GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Seeking degree or certification with a STEM focus (View a list of some accepted STEM majors. Not all accepted majors are limited to this list.)
  • Attending or enrolling in an accredited college or university or trade school
  • Applicants who express an intention to return to Alaska to start careers 
  • Applicants living in a Rural location (Rural is defined as outside of the Municipality of Anchorage, Fairbanks North Star Borough and the City of Juneau.)
  • Extracurriculars in STEM-based activities, including esports activities through Alaska School Activities Association
  • Personal essay
  • Resume
  • High school transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher, former or current employer, clergy members (preachers, pastors, rabbis, imams, etc.), a coach, school counselor or advisor, or a leader of an organization with which you are associated
The 2021 scholarship application is now closed. To learn how to apply, please visit the scholarship application portal.
If you have questions, you may reach us at


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