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    Indigenous Alaska Scholars

    Supporting indigenous educators and leaders in serving and enriching our state

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    Amelia Budd
    Indigenous Alaska Scholars
    Project Director
    Email: a.budd@alaska.edu
    Tel: 907-796-6019

    Earn Your Master's Degree

    Upon successful graduation and licensure*, the Indigenous Alaska Scholars (IAS) program, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education, provides loan forgiveness, cultural education supports, and two years of professional development including mentorship and job placement assistance for eligible students.

    * Including employment with an Alaska Native student-serving school

    Our Goal: Indigenous Educators for Alaska’s Schools

    IAS seeks to increase the number of Alaska Native and American Indian education professionals serving Alaskan students by providing access to a federal financial loan for eligible students to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Education in Educational Leadership program.

    Eligibility

    • Alaska Native or American Indian
    • Admitted to the Alaska College of Education Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Program or Master of Education in Educational Leadership

    IAS is a great fit if you:

    • Are a senior in a bachelor’s degree program and are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in teaching
    • Earned a bachelor's degree and are considering an education career
    • Are currently teaching and interested in earning a master’s degree or have a minimum of three years of teaching experience and are interested in pursuing a Masters degree in Educational Leadership

    Time to Completion

    Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

    One year, beginning in summer.

    Master of Arts in Educational Leadership students must be admitted to AKCOE Master of Educational Leadership Program, complete UAS Juneau Campus three-week session of course work preceding their year of internship, and conclude with a three-week course the summer immediately following their internship.

    Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education

    One year, beginning in summer.

    Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education students must be admitted to AKCOE Secondary MAT Program and be able to take two three-week class sessions (approximately six weeks total) on the Juneau Campus the summer preceding their academic year of student teaching.

    Loan Requirements

    The eligible student signs a federal loan agreement to receive payment for tuition, books, and fees for each academic term and becomes eligible for loan forgiveness upon employment following graduation, teacher/administrator licensure, and proof of contract in a district serving Alaska Native students. Students utilize the federal grant web portal to establish an account and submit proof of employment to initiate and maintain proof of employment.

    Participants must begin working for an Alaska Native student-serving school within six months of graduation to be eligible for the IAS loan forgiveness provision.

    Getting Started

    Students apply for the Indigenous Alaska Scholars Loan Agreement by submitting a loan agreement and proof of tribal enrollment to the Project Director and will be notified of their admission/eligibility for the program within one week of submission. Students will have a IAS Loan Agreement teleconference or in-person orientation with the IAS Project Director and will sign a loan agreement and additional materials prior to the start of the teacher or administrator internship experience.