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.


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

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

• One award to a current college or trade school student under the Rosie Reeder Continuing Education 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.

2022-2023 Deadline: Friday, March 24th, 2023 by 5PM

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 John McDonald, who owns and manages 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.