June Nelson Memorial Scholarship

27th Annual June Nelson Scholarship Competition

Win a $1,500 Scholarship Application

New Deadline: March 16, 2018

The Association of Alaska School Boards is proud to announce its 27th Annual Scholarship Award Competition. The June Nelson Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of the late June Nelson, 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 2017-2018 school year, AASB will award fifteen graduating seniors each with a $1,500 scholarship to apply toward their post-secondary education. The scholarship may be applied toward the student’s choice of a business, trade, or a college institution.


1. Download and complete Application Form

2. Gather Information

You will need to supply the following information:

  • Your name and school information
  • Response to the essay question – up to 750 words in length (attach PDF)
  • Student involvement and activities history
  • Copy of high school transcript with cumulative GPA (attach PDF)
  • Acceptance letter from a business, trade or college institution. (attach PDF)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation – one from a community member, one from a teacher. (attach PDF)
  • SAT or ACT Scores (attach PDF)

3. Submit completed Application Form and attachments

OR you can complete the online application here.

Please follow these instructions carefully to complete the online application:

  • Have all materials ready before you begin the application, including all PDF documents to be uploaded.
  • You must upload all required documents in the same session that you complete your application for it to be submitted as “Complete.”
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for scholarship awards


june nelsonWho Was June Nelson?

AASB is pleased to honor the late June Nelson, 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.