Spouses and children of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel who claim Alaska as their state of residence are eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship toward their undergraduate education.

Applicants must have already been accepted by an accredited college or university for full-time undergraduate study. Applicants can pursue either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Applicants will be rated on the following areas: academic proficiency, character, leadership ability, community involvement and financial need.

Applications are available from the U.S. Navy League’s Web site at or by mail.

The Navy established the Alaska Sea Service Scholarship in 1986 with funds raised by state residents during World War II.

The funds were originally designated to be donated to the cruiser USS Juneau, but the ship was sunk in combat before the gift was presented. The five Sullivan brothers served and died on the Juneau.

Later, the money was to be used for a silver tea service set for the USS Alaska, but the ship was decommissioned before the purchase was made.

Information on the scholarship is available in the naval message NAVADMIN 004/04 on the Navy’s Bureau of Personnel Web site at:

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