College & Adult Education

Ninilchik Traditional Council Scholarship


  • Tribal members graduating from Ninilchik School planning on attaining higher education.

The Ninilchik Traditional Council offers a $500 scholarship to one selected tribal youth graduating from high school in Ninilchik. Applicants should demonstrate a dedication to education and pursuing their goals. The deadline for applications is in the spring semester of the eligible students’ graduating year and vary depend on the date of Ninilchik School’s graduation.

The winner of the scholarship is announced annually at the commencement ceremony of the Ninilchik School’s graduating class.

For more information and to view an application please contact Christina at 907-567-3313 or


Higher Education Grant


  • Tribal members attending a 4-year accredited educational institution that is full-time or 12+ credits with unmet financial needs.

The Tribal Services Department offers funding to tribal students enrolled in a 4-year higher education program that is full-time or 12+ credits, who face financial challenges while attending school. Applicants are approved based on a needs assessment that is signed by an official from their educational institution and participants in good academic standing may re-apply for each semester they are enrolled in. Deadlines are usually one month before the semester in which funding is to be applied to.

Note: Students applying to be in the Higher Education Program must submit a copy of their eligibility assessment from a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of their application. Please visit for more information about getting a FAFSA application started.




Adult Vocational Training


  • Native adults 18 or older (including graduating high school seniors 17 years of age) demonstrating education for employment needs.
  • Must reside within Ninilchik tribal boundaries.

The Adult Vocational Training program helps subsidize the costs of attending a vocational, technical, or other professional skills institute. Applicants must demonstrate that the field of training they will be studying will feasibly allow them to be employed in that field in order to help stem unemployment or underemployment.

Alaska’s economy has long been dependent on a strong workforce comprised of many individuals with a variety of honed skills and trades, and the Adult Vocational Training program helps our collective economy.

AVT Application


Other College & Adult Education Resources:

Kenai Peninsula College Adult Basic Education Tutoring and Testing


  • Residents of Ninilchik area pursuing a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or other adult education program.

The Ninilchik Traditional Council serves as one of the extended host locations in the Ninilchik area for the Kenai Peninsula College Learning Center at the Kenai River Campus. Adult Basic Education Instructors Carol Joyce and Mary Bell travel to Ninilchik during the school year to provide tutoring and guidance for achieving a GED and provide proctoring for some types of educational exams taken off campus.

People living in Ninilchik and its surrounding areas face challenges pursuing higher education due to the time and money needed to travel to Homer or the Kenai and Soldotna area for guided services and coursework. The KPC Learning Center’s extended site program in Ninilchik meeting locations provides one on one access to educational resources that fit the schedules of people in Ninilchik.

These services are provided by appointment only. If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should call the KPC Learning Center at 907-262-0327 to speak to Carol Joyce or Mary Bell.