Gear Up Scholarship Overview

The Gear Up Alaska Scholarship is a need-based scholarship that offers up to $7,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study for full-time college students and incoming college freshmen. It is subsidized by the Federal Government, and are available to students who have already taken part in Gear Up Programs during their 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, and at the same time have professed outstanding academic achievements in their school districts.


In order to qualify for the Gear Up Alaska Scholarship, applicants should first be less than 22 years old by the time they submit their requirements. They must as well be current residents of Alaska and should be graduating from any of the state’s high school districts.

How to Apply

College students who aim to apply for the grant must provide a copy of an Alaska diploma or GED. They must as well be eligible for other FAFSA scholarships, and should be able to demonstrate financial need.

Students who wish to apply for this grant should fill up a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

When submitting applications for the Gear Up Alaska Scholarship, individuals should also include their Student Aid Report (SAR) and a copy of their parents’ or legal guardian’s federal income tax form. Application letters must as well be signed by a Gear Up program director, or should come with school transcripts which indicate participation in Gear Up programs.

Students who have already been recipients of the grant should maintain good academic standing in order to qualify for scholarship renewal in the upcoming academic year.

Gear up Alaska Scholarship Application Deadline

The deadline of application for the Gear Up Alaska Scholarship is every May 31st of each year. Those who plan to submit their applications may contact the Gear Up Scholarship Coordinator at (907) 465-6685 or through email at It is quite important to coordinate with the Gear Up Scholarship office as well as the financial aid office of the institution the applicant is enrolled at in order to keep tabs of specific scholarship requirements and other qualification details.