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 awarded nine scholarships in 2024 to local students for higher education. The Soldotna Chamber Scholarship Program included:

• 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

• Four awards under our new Community Cares CTE Scholarship. This scholarship is for those registered or planning to attend a career or technical education institution, training, or certification program.

A total of $21,000 was awarded from our scholarship program! 

The Scholarship Program runs from November through March during the 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 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. Alaska Communications also became a sponsor in 2023!

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

Annual Community Scholarship Fair

The Community Scholarship Fair is a coordinated, grass‐roots effort of local organizations created to educate students and families about the numerous scholarships and financial aid opportunities available to Soldotna and Kenai students. This event is free and open to the public every November.

The Community Scholarship Fair is for ALL students (high-schoolers, homeschoolers, current undergraduate and graduate students, and adult learners interested in enrolling in college or those already enrolled as CTE students or continuing their education). We invite all scholarship organizations both locally and statewide to maximize the opportunities for our community.


Our goal is to provide you with information about local and state scholarships to help you reach your scholarship potential. By gathering many state and local scholarship organizations, the event will prepare you for the spring season, when most of these scholarships become public to the community.