2023-24 NVPL Rhea Mae Knagin Scholarship
Rhea Mae Knagin, a founding member of the Native Village of Port Lions, was dedicated to serving her community. In honor and recognition of her service the Native Village of Port Lions Traditional Tribal Council established the Rhea Mae Knagin (RMK) Scholarship. The RMK Scholarship is designed to provide financial support to enrolled members of the Native Village of Port Lions (NVPL), who demonstrate scholastic achievement or interest in furthering their professional career. The RMK Scholarship is administered by Koniag Education Foundation (KEF) and all applications are reviewed by the KEF Scholarship Committee. Applications are scored based on criteria set forth by the Port Lions Traditional Tribal Council. Applications are available beginning March 1st of each year and have a deadline of June 1st.
The RMK Scholarship offers three awards: one award for $1,000.00 to the applicant receiving the highest total score and two awards for $500.00 each for the two applicants receiving the second and third highest total scores, based on scoring criteria. Checks will be made payable directly to the institution.
- Applicants must be an enrolled member of the Native Village of Port Lions.
- Applicants must be a high school graduate or GED equivalent by June 30 of application year.
- Be accepted or attending an accredited university or vocational school within the State of Alaska.
- Students are required to have and maintain a 2.5+ GPA and make satisfactory academic progress as defined by the institution.
- Must meet all KEF eligibility requirements.
1. Proof of tribal enrollment in the Native Village of Port Lions.
2. Letter of Recommendation:
New applicants are required to provide one letter of recommendation which must be signed, dated and less than one year old. The letter(s) can be from an employer, teacher, coach, etc. but not a family member. The recommender should indicate how long they have known the applicant, how they know them, and speak directly to the student's ability to successfully complete their degree program.
Returning applicants (those who received this award the previous year) do not have to provide an LOR unless they are beginning a new degree program.
3. Essay including:
a) A brief description of your personal and family history and how you or your family is connected to Port Lions.
b) Career and educational goals
c) Community and/or family involvement
d) Volunteer activities/awards
e) If you have received this scholarship previously, share what you've learned during the past school year. For instance, what were your challenges or setbacks and how did you overcome them? What were your triumphs or accomplishments?
4. Most recent high school or college transcripts (unofficial transcripts are accepted for application but must be followed up with official transcripts by June 30).
5. Recent resume.
6. Proof of enrollment, acceptance, or letter from school stating you have applied.
7. Recent headshot photo.