ALMA meaning “soul” is an acronym for Association of Latin Women in Alaska. We are a diverse group of individuals who come together to improve our lives, strengthen our families and cultural values, and participate in the broader community. Our mission is to support the self-enrichment of Latin residents of Kodiak through education, economic development, and promotion of family and cultural values.


High School/ GED Graduates and Continuing College or Vocational Students

  • Must be a resident of Kodiak, Alaska
  • Must be of Hispanic/ Latino heritage
  • Applicant must submit a complete (FAFSA) Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Applicant must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Applicant must be enrolled in at least three credits, preferably part time or full time status
  • Applicant must be formally admitted into an undergraduate, certificate, and/or vocational degree-seeking program at an accredited college, university, or vocational school in the state of Alaska prior to the distribution of funds


  • Write a total of 300-500 word essay on the topics:
    • Outline your educational goals and your intended time frame to complete these goals and then include an explanation of your financial aid needs.
    • Describe your experience, including the advantages and challenges you face, living in Kodiak as a Hispanic community member. If applicable, describe how you see your education tying back to the Hispanic community in Kodiak.
  • Scholarship essays will be scored based on context, grammar, and presentation (it is recommended that you have the essay reviewed by a qualified individual for example, a tutor from The Learning Center or an English teacher)
  • Applicants must submit their unofficial transcript
  • Complete and submit your scholarship application, essays and two letters of recommendation (signed and dated 2017-18 academic year) to Nancy Castro, Financial Aid Coordinator in room 103 Campus Center Kodiak College, or email
    • Submit Contact: Cece Esparza (907) 486-2958 or Nancy Castro (907) 942-2479

Due Dates:

November 16,  2018 at 5:00 pm for Spring 2019 semester

March 29, 2019 at 5:00 pm for Fall 2019 semester

Contact: Nancy Castro for a complete scholarship application or any questions.