ATIA Foundation Scholarships

Student Scholarship Program for High School and College Students:

Students interested in applying for an ATIA Foundation Student Scholarship must be Alaska residents enrolled or intending to enroll in a program of study in preparation for a career in tourism. Scholarship funds, if awarded, will only be paid directly to an accredited institution on the recipient’s behalf.

To Apply: The 2022 Foundation Student Scholarship Program is accepting applications through Monday, January 31st, 2022. Submit your Online Application here.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions prior to applying.

Professional Development Program:

The ATIA Foundation is pleased to offer a new program for Alaska residents currently employed in a travel industry-related business. The ATIA Foundation Professional Development Program offers scholarships for individuals seeking to advance or build upon their expertise in a visitor industry-related position. Scholarships – maximum $500 – can be applied to registration and materials for continuing education programs such as seminars, webinars, conferences, or similar education program related to employment in Alaska’s visitor industry.

To Apply: Submit an Online Application. Professional Development Program applications are accepted at any time on a first-come, first-served basis.

For questions regarding the Foundation or either scholarship program, please email

2021 ATIA Foundation Scholarship Awards
$19,000 in scholarships awarded!

A Taste of Alaska Lodge Scholarship
Dylan Bender, Eagle River – $1,000
Alaska Airlines Scholarship
Tia Kelliher – $1,000
Alaska Collection by Pursuit Scholarship
Chloe Manderson, Anchorage – $1,250
Laura Geissinger, Wasilla – $1,250
Alaska Railroad Corporation Scholarship
Lucy Hankins, Seward – $1,000
Alaska Society of Outdoor Nature Photographers Scholarship
Rafael Bitanga, Kodiak – $1,000
Chuck West Memorial Scholarship 
Ericka Rauwolf, Ketchikan, AK – $1,000
All Alaska Tours Scholarship
For students pursuing education in Business Administration
Chloe Manderson, Anchorage – $1,500
ATIA Anchorage Chapter Scholarship
Dylan Bender, Eagle River – $2,000
Chuck West Memorial Scholarship
Funded through an endowment established in memory of Chuck West, founder of Westours and Cruise West.
Meg Smedley, Eagle River – $1,000
CLIA Alaska Scholarship
Rafael Bitanga, Kodiak – $1,000
Holland America Line Scholarship
Jenessa Lorenz, Whittier – $1,500
Linnaea Gossard, Cooper Landing – $1,000
Kris Geldaker Memorial Scholarship
Awarded in memory of Kris Geldaker to students pursuing a tourism or maritime-related degree.
Laura Geissinger, Wasilla – $2,500
Tim McDonnell Mentorship Scholarship
Funded through the support of Alaska Coach Tours in honor of Tim McDonnell, the former vice president of Alaska operations for Princess and Holland America Lines.
Oceana Howes, Anchorage – $1,000
Tania Hancock Memorial Scholarship
Christi Cruickshank, Fairbanks – $2,000


New Alaska Cooperative Marketing Opportunities are Now Available

There are a variety of options for your business or organization to leverage Alaska’s national marketing campaign to reach highly qualified potential visitors. See what’s available on the Coop Marketing Programs page.