Governor's Performance Scholarship


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Alaska high school students who take a more rigorous curriculum, get good grades, and score well on college placement or work ready exams, can earn an Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) to qualified Alaska colleges, universities, or vocational/technical programs. Alaska Performance Scholarships are worth up to $4,755 per year.

Who Qualifies?

APS awards are granted at three levels, based on students’ grade point averages and scores on college-ready or work-ready assessments (ACT, SAT, or WorkKeys).

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how to become eligible.

How do I apply?

Eligible students must fill out the FAFSA 
available online and at all area high schools. 


In October of 2009, Governor Sean Parnell made a bold proposal to improve education in Alaska with the Alaska Performance Scholarship. Since then, hundreds of students have earned Alaska Performance Scholarships.

APS is a major step toward improving graduation rates and making higher education more affordable for Alaska’s families. It represents a recurring investment in Alaska’s future – our children.

Governor Parnell's signature initiative for Alaska’s students was accomplished in cooperation with the Alaska Legislature. In April 2010, six months after Governor Parnell announced his plan, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 221, creating APS.

Two years later, the Governor’s long-term plan to fund APS in perpetuity through a sustainable funding mechanism passed the Legislature.

The launch pad for young Alaskans is now in place; as they build their dreams for the future, APS will be there to help them achieve those dreams.