ANCHORAGE, AK- Students from across western Alaska are continuing to pursue higher education through a generous scholarship fund from Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF). CVRF awarded 56 Louis Bunyan Memorial Scholarship (LBMS) recipients a total of $157,648 for the 2015 spring semester.

The LBMS Program began in 1993 and has since provided millions of dollars in scholarships to CVRF community residents. The deadline to apply for the upcoming Fall 2015 semester is on June 1. The online applications can be accessed at after interested candidates have had their CVRF community residency verified.

“This scholarship is a valuable resource that allows residents to gain an education and work in skilled fields that require certifications or college degrees,” says Marlene Minnette, Program Specialist for CVRF and originally from the community of Mekoryuk. “We have seen students earn their college degrees in Social Work, Psychology, Education, Yup’ik, Business Administration, Accounting, and certifications in Aviation Maintenance Technology and Commercial Pilot’s licenses.”

“As a parent, I am very grateful for the LBMS Program,” said George Smith, CVRF Regional Manager and resident of Scammon Bay. “So far, I’ve had several of my children awarded the scholarship. Esther is now a Health Aide in our community and the scholarship helped fast track her to get there. Alice graduated from UAA with a B.A. in Psychology; she is now a Behavioral Health Aide in Scammon Bay and is taking masters level courses to continue furthering her education. Georgianna is in her third year in the nursing program at UAA and has been receiving the scholarship all three years. The benefits received from CVRF cannot be measured by dollars alone. Hope is restored and lives are changed! Thank you CVRF for supporting our youth and our communities.”

CVRF also provides matching funds through its training program for short term programs such as Structural Welding, Pipe Fitting, and Heavy Equipment Operation. In 2014, CVRF awarded 13 recipients $57,501 to attend training programs at places such as Yuut Elitnaurviat in Bethel and Northern Industrial Training in Palmer. There is no deadline to apply for the training program.

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CVRF is a 501(c)(4) Alaska non-profit corporation whose 20 member villages are along the west coast of Alaska from Scammon Bay to Platinum. CVRF is believed to be the largest Alaskan-owned seafood company in history and is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors elected by the residents of its 20 member communities. CVRF is dedicated to providing economic development in its 20 member communities by creating sensible, tangible and long-term opportunities that generate Hope for residents who want to Fish and Work. CVRF is the largest jobs provider in its member villages and is the first CDQ group to own and control the vessels that harvest its CDQ allocations.

For more information, visit or contact Dawson Hoover at 907-278-5151. Please visit CVRF’s Facebook page at and Coastal’s Twitter page at