2017 Semifinalist
State of Alaska
January 1, 2017

The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) began in 1995 as a scholarship program for university students and has evolved into a longitudinal education model that provides a continuous string of components beginning with students in sixth grade. The program continues through high school, and into science and engineering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through to the PhD level for approximately 2,000 students from 96 communities that are performing far above national averages. ANSEP serves those from some of the most underserved communities in the nation, with geographically isolated students who are often the first in their families to attend formal schooling and traditionally struggle with literacy rates, and math and science skills.