2024 June Nelson Memorial Scholarship – Now Open!

The Association of Alaska School Boards is proud to announce its 33rd Annual Scholarship Award Competition. The June Nelson Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of the late June Nelson, a longtime school board member from Kotzebue. June contributed much to the cause of education and will be remembered for her outstanding service on behalf of Alaska’s children. This scholarship is made possible and funded by individual contributions of school board members and administrators from across the state!

This 2023-2024 school year, AASB will award up to fifteen $1,500 scholarships to apply toward post-secondary education! Up to two of these may be awarded to returning college sophomores. Up to two scholarships may specifically be given to students planning to attend trade/vocational schools.

Application Deadline:

Monday, April 1, 2024, by 5:00 pm AKST

This year’s essay prompt: Who or what in your educational experience has influenced your direction in life?

Returning 2022-2023 Winners

Winners from last year’s competition are eligible to apply for a second-year scholarship. Please note that this is a separate application with a different essay prompt. Returning winners, click the button below to apply!

This year’s prompt for 2nd Year (returning) Applicants: What advice would you give to graduating seniors about the transition from high school to college/business/trade school? What hurdles have you had to overcome and why has the experience been worth it?

If you have any difficulties or questions about the application, please call (907) 463-1660 or email us at aasb@nullaasb.org.

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June Nelson

Who Was June Nelson?

AASB is pleased to honor the late June Nelson, a long-time school board member from Kot­zebue. June contributed much to the cause of education through her long career as a school board member. She had many accomplishments during her service as an edu­cation activist. She served on the Northwest Arctic Bor­ough School Board and was appointed by two different governors to serve on the State Board of Education. June gave unselfishly of herself. She served on numerous local and statewide committees in a demonstration of com­mitment to her community.

We remember June for her ability to make us laugh when we were in the midst of an intense debate. She could fiercely disagree with you on an issue and yet set it aside to maintain a friendly, respectful relationship. She challenged us to be the best we could be. She filled our lives with laughter and fun times. Most important, we will remember June for her outstanding service on behalf of Alaska’s children.

How You Can Support the Scholarship

All AASB Annual Conference attendees receive a ticket to the fundraiser as a part of their conference registration. Each November, on Friday evening of the AASB Annual Conference, the June Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser is held. At this event, items donated by school boards, and school board members from across Alaska are presented by students, to an eager crowd of auction participants. If you would like to donate an item to this auction, please email aasb@nullaasb.org or call 907-463-1660. Last-minute donations will be accepted onsite during the conference as well.

Make a PayPal or Credit Card donation to the June Nelson Memorial Scholarship