The Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) Foundation supports scholarships for individuals pursuing their degree in or related to the tourism industry. The scholarship program strengthens the travel industry across the state and assists in the education of Alaskans working in tourism. Funds are raised during ATIA's annual convention and trade show Scholarship Luncheon and by generous donors. Since 2001, the Foundation has awarded more than $340,000 in scholarships to individuals statewide. 

Students interested in applying for an ATIA Foundation scholarship must be Alaska residents enrolled or intending to enroll on a full-time basis* 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.

Applications   for Fall 2020 are due January 31, 2020.              

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions prior to application.

For questions regarding the Foundation or scholarships please email [email protected].

*Applicants for the ATIA Graduate or Continuing Education scholarships may be enrolled on a part-time basis.


2019 ATIA Foundation Scholarship Awards 
$25,000 in scholarships awarded!

Alaska Airlines Scholarship 
Westley Dumm, Kodiak, AK - $1,000

Alaska Railroad Corporation Scholarship 
Eliza Oldham, Eagle River, AK - $1,000

All Alaska Tours Scholarship
Michelle Eliassen, Chugiak, AK - $1,500

Chuck West Memorial Scholarship  
Rafael Bitanga, Kodiak, AK - $1,000

Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA) Alaska Scholarship  
Claire Arend, Anchorage, AK - $1,000

Holland America Line Scholarship 
Stuart Relay, Valdez, AK - $2,000
Michelle Eliassen, Chugiak, AK - $1,500

Kris Geldaker Memorial Scholarship 
Tristan Reily-Orth, Ester, AK - $2,500

Premier Alaska Tours Scholarship 
Ellie Wells, Anchorage, AK - $1,000
Claire Arend, Anchorage, AK - $1,000
Shilo Cederberg, Anchorage, AK - $500

Pursuit Scholarship  
Karl Pfeiffenberger, Seward, AK - $1,000
Tyler Stewart, Anchorage, AK - $500
Tristan Reily-Orth, Ester, AK - $500

Tim McDonnell Mentorship Scholarship  
Madison Cox, Skagway, AK - $500

White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad Scholarship 
Madison Cox, Skagway, AK - $2,000

ATIA Anchorage Chapter Scholarship 
Eliza Oldham, Eagle River, AK - $1,000
Tyler Stewart, Anchorage, AK - $500
Ellie Wells, Anchorage, AK - $500

ATIA One-year Sholarships, funded through member pledges:     
Ian Ludwig, Fairbanks, AK – $1,500
Ellie Wells, Anchorage, AK - $1,000
Payton Johnson, Chugiak, AK - $500
Jacob Tamillo, Fairbanks, AK - $500

ATIA Rural Scholarshp:     
Tori Inglangasak, Kaktovik, AK - $1,000