The Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) Foundation supports scholarships for those pursuing their degree in or related to the tourism industry. The scholarship program originally formed under the Alaska Visitor Association (AVA) in 1997. In 2001, AVA became ATIA and the foundation incorporated as the ATIA Foundation. Since 2001, the Foundation has awarded $310,000 in scholarships to more than 150 individuals statewide. From Ketchikan to Nome and Kodiak to Tok with a special Rural Award benefiting villages and small communities. The scholarship program strengthens the travel industry across the state and assists in the education of Alaskans working in tourism.

ATIA is excited to announce that $17,510 was raised in October during the Scholarship Luncheon at the 2016 Annual Convention & Trade Show in Anchorage. These funds will go directly towards supporting ATIA Foundation sholarships for 2017. Thank you to our members for your generous support.

The 2017 ATIA Foundation scholarship application period is now closed.

For questions regarding the Foundation or scholarships please email


2016 ATIA Foundation Scholarship Awards - $25,000 in scholarships awarded!

Un-Cruise Adventures Scholarship - $3,000
Elizabeth Jagusch, Ketchikan, AK 

Holland America Line Scholarship - $2,500
Stuart Burns Relay, Valdez, AK

Kris Geldaker Memorial Scholarship - $2,500
Bernadette Franulovich, Ketchikan, AK

White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad Scholarship - $2,500
Patty Eagan, Fairbanks, AK

ATIA Anchorage Chapter Scholarship - $2,000
Jordyn Baker, Anchorage, AK

Premier Alaska Tours Scholarship - $2,000
Brandon Smothers, Talkeetna, AK

All Alaska Tours Scholarship - $1,500
Jordan Kesler, Eagle River, AK

Alaska Cruise Association Scholarship - $1,000
Meret Beutler, Seward, AK

Alaska Railroad Scholarship - $1,000
Shannon McLaughlin, Anchorage, AK

Chuck West Memorial Scholarship- $1,000
Kyle Milne, Cooper Landing, AK

Six 1-year scholarships funded through member pledges were also awarded:
Meret Beutler, Seward, AK - $1,000
Jordan Kesler, Eagle River, AK- $1,000
Paige Martin, Palmer, AK - $1,000
Kyle Milne, Cooper Landing, AK - $1,000
Bernadette Franulovich, Ketchikan, AK - $500
Brandon Smothers, Talkeetna, AK- $500