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UAA: Standing Scholarship Committee

posted Mar 28, 2015, 8:24 PM by Ezra Lockhart   [ updated Oct 31, 2015, 6:10 PM ]

Even with my hectic schedule, I was able to give back to the University of Alaska community by serving on this year's Standing Scholarship Committee. I believe it is important to establish and maintain relationships with cornerstones of the community and the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is definitely one. UAA's General Scholarship gives students the opportunity to apply to nearly 30 scholarships with one simple application, although some require supplemental information.

I volunteered to evaluate 50 applicants which include 3 essays per student. However, I completed 100 total applicant's packets. I just submitted my assigned workbook and wish those who applied the best of luck in receiving financial assistance this academic year.

Even with such a small sample of the student population I was surprised at the overall diversity. UAA is one of four college options here in Anchorage, yet the applicants were extremely varied. I read essays from Sudanese and Hmong immigrants, rural high school students, single mothers, Eastern Europeans, transfer students from Oregon and Washington, and many many more. I understand that Anchorage is ranked as one of the most diverse cities in the nation as evidenced by 90 different languages spoken in our school district, but it is rewarding to know that those who came here gravitate towards higher education and are afforded financial opportunities to attend university.

4/14 UPDATE: Amber Huling, Standing Scholarship Committee Chair, wrote a brief letter thanking me for my contribution and enthusiasm during this year's scholarship read. I look forward to continuing to support the University of Alaska Anchorage when I am able.