Building Soldotna’s Future Leaders & Business Owners


It is an honor to give back to our community through our youth development programs. With the wonderful generosity of our community partners and fundraising efforts, the Chamber is able to award local students with scholarships to further their education and our Student Ambassador Leadership Program.


The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce awards five scholarships each year to local students for higher education. The Soldotna Chamber Scholarship Program includes:

• Two awards to high school seniors under the High School Senior Scholarship

• One award to a current college student under the Rosie Reeder Continuing Education Scholarship

• Two awards to high school seniors under the Vera Howarth Memorial Scholarship

A  Total of $6,000 each year is awarded from our scholarship program! Students can apply online by clicking the links below.

The Scholarship Program runs from November through March during the school year.

Student Ambassador Program

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce’s Student Ambassador Program seeks to reach out to those youth who are the next generation of leaders for the City of Soldotna. 

Students will participate in Soldotna Chamber of Commerce workshops, Chamber community service activities, meetings with community leaders, Chamber meetings, and discussion groups and will have opportunities for substantive interaction with each other and with the program’s mentors that will help prepare them for future Soldotna leadership. 

The Student Ambassador Program runs from mid-September through May every school year.

Student of the Quarter Program

Outstanding Soldotna middle school and high school students are honored during the Student of the Quarter Program, under the auspices of the Soldotna Chamber and Scott and Dena Cunningham, who own and manage several, Alaska McDonald’s restaurants. Students are individually nominated by teachers, coaches, and administrators and selected for their character, love of learning, leadership, community service, and perseverance. Schools select one student a quarter to invite to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Luncheon along with their parents.  Principals or a designee share about why the child was selected, and he or she is presented a certificate. 

Participating schools in the SOQ Program are: Skyview Middle School, Cook Inlet Academy, River City Academy, and Soldotna High School.