Homer Alaska - Schools

Story last updated at 4:02 PM on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

student opportunities

Alaska's Educational Resource Center's Career Connection program brings students in grades 11 and 12 from around the state to Juneau to job-shadow in various work sites for a one-week period. Students will stay at the Juneau Youth Hostel. Two sessions will be held: April 9-13 and April 16-21. Tuition for students is $650 plus airfare to Juneau. Students must be accompanied by a teacher and/or a chaperone (five students to one adult per school site). Tuition for accompanying adults is $450 plus airfare. Deadline to submit letters of intent is Feb. 10. For information, visit www.serrc.org/academy, email lindak@serrc.org or call (907) 586-6806.

American Legion Auxiliary Girls State and American Legion Boys State

Applications for Girls State and Boys State (one-week, hands-on government leadership camp for high school juniors) should be turned into school counselors by April 4. Interviews will be held in mid April. The Leadership Camp for Girls State is June 10-16; Boys State is the first week in June. All fees are paid by the Legion and Auxiliary. Check for applications for scholarships and Girls and Boys State at Homer High's counselor office, Connections, Flex School, schools across the bay and at American Legion Post 16. Contact Darlene at 235-6789 or the post at 235-8864 for more information and/or applications. Several of these scholarships have a $500 (Homer winner) award.

Student scholarships available

The American Cancer Society's Cancer Survivor College Scholarship Program provides financial assistance for young cancer survivors pursuing post-secondary education. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 24. To be eligible, students must be cancer survivors diagnosed before the age of 21; age 25 or younger at the time of submitting the application; graduating from a high school and/or continuing college in the upcoming school year; have a 2.5 grade point average and be a full-time student. Application packets can be obtained by calling (866) 500-3272.

The American Legion Auxiliary

The following scholarships are made available by the American Legion Auxiliary to high school seniors and people going back to school: The Homer American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships, $500, for B- or C-student high school seniors, deadline is April 12; the American Legion Western District award, $1,000, for high school seniors who may not be able to get a scholarship and are ready to make a commitment to post-secondary education, deadline Feb. 15; the National President's Scholarship, $1,500 plus, gifted to daughters, sons, greats and step-great children of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion, for high school seniors, no Legion membership is required, deadline March 1; the Western District Auxiliary Scholarship, $500-$1,000, for continuing students who are members of the Legion Family, due Feb. 29; the Non-Traditional Auxiliary Scholarship, $1,000, for continuing students who are members of the Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons of the American Legion (Legion family), deadline March 1; the Auxiliary Spirit of Youth Scholarship, $1,000, must be a Junior Auxiliary member for past three years and hold a membership card for 2012 four-year award, deadline March 1.

The Homer Foundation

The Homer Foundation has announced that applications are available for 2012 scholarships: The Alain and Daniel Rieser Scholarship for foreign language study/travel; Homer Community Science Scholarship supporting post-secondary education in the life sciences; Health Care Providers Scholarship supporting students serious in pursuing a career in healthcare; Drew Scalzi Memorial Maritime Scholarship supporting students of fishing families and/or students wishing to pursue a career in Alaka's maritime industry; Diane Wambach "Shoot for the Stars" Scholarship supporting education and training for young people with a plan to pursue their dreams; Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic Scholarship supporting students with outstanding academic achievements and a strong work ethic; Beluga Tail / Tale Writing Scholarships that provide awards in both creative and nonfiction writing. Applications may be requested via mail, phone or email, picked up at the Homer Foundation or Homer High School counselor's office or downloaded from the Foundation's website at www.homerfund.org, click on forms. The deadline for all applications is 4 p.m. April 19.

Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges announced a $1,000 scholarship for a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a U.S. accredited college or university. Applicants must either be conducting research or serving in an internship or volunteer program that supports the conservation of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge system. Applications must be submitted by March 1. An application and detailed instructions can be found at www.alaskarefugefriends.org.