Plan Ahead for Education

Scholarships and Resources That Will Help You

January 14th 2020
By: Cari-Ann Carty

College or training can be expensive. Very, very, very, very, very, expensive. It’s possible to still be stuck paying off loans 15 years after graduation. But it doesn’t have to be a problem if you plan ahead and take advantage of the scholarships that are being offered.

The Alaska Safety Alliance is sponsoring a regional scholarship! The Alaska Workforce Development “Students of Integrity Scholarship is part of a series of scholarships the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering to high school juniors and seniors in Alaska and throughout the Northwest and Pacific area. The scholarships being offered by the BBB include $5,000 to the creator of a winning video essay and six $2,000 scholarships to students with winning written essays.

The video essay only has to be 3 minutes long and can be either an interview with a local BBB Accredited Business owner or a video that teaches people how to avoid one of the top 5 scams from the BBB Scam Tracker.

The BBB online magazine Torch Talk scholarship is being offered to 6 students who submit a 500-word essay on the topic of making sure a business or charity you research online is trustworthy or what would you do to protect yourself and your family from falling victim to scams.

For all the details on how to apply to these scholarships visit The application deadline is March 20th.

There is no guarantee that you will win any one scholarship. That is why it is important to apply to as many as you can and have an organized plan for your education. That is where the Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS) website comes in.

You can create a personal account with them and use it to keep track of your career plan. With their website, you can create a resume, search for jobs, figure out what occupation suits you, and find training programs and education options including scholarships. Watch this video to get an idea of how to use AKCIS to help with education.

Visit AKCIS at If you want to explore the site and don’t have a login you can log in with your Alaska Zip Code. You can also check out the ACPE blog at for more great information about financial aid and other important career-related topics.

When it comes to a good education be sure to explore your options and make the best plan you can. Your future self will thank you.