Annual Educational Scholarship

Each year, Cordova District Fishermen United (CDFU) provides three scholarship opportunities for individuals seeking to attend Vocational/technical college, 2-year college, 4-year college, or other post-secondary education schools to better themselves and their careers within the Fishing Industry. CDFU is able to support further education of commercial fishermen and students through the educational scholarship fund.


2019 Scholarship application period is open until March 29th.

Applicants who are seeking further education in any fisheries/mechanic/marketing related field that fit one of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Current members of CDFU and their dependents.

  • Area E permit holders/crew.

  • High school graduates with a history of working in the commercial fishing industry of Area E.

  • College students with a history of working in the commercial fishing industry of Area E .

Preference may be given to CDFU members (voting), their dependents and those applicants who have not been awarded a CDFU scholarship in the past.

Scholarship applicants will be competing for one of four scholarships as follows:

  • 1 x $2,000 award (Robert H. Blake Memorial Scholarship)

  • 1 x $1,000 award (CDFU Award)

  • 1 x $500 award (Steven R. Smith Memorial Scholarship)

This year, there is an additional scholarship provided by Rocky Stone in honor of Robert “Sully” Sullivan. With the recent passing of Rocky Stone, CDFU has renamed the scholarship in their honor.

  • 1 x $1,000 award ( Robert “Sully” Sullivan/Rocky Stone Memorial Scholarship)

“Rocky and Sully were tremendous supporters of CDFU and we are beholden to them for all the time and support they gave to our organizations mission.” Board President, Jerry McCune.

Sully was an active participant of the commercial fishing fleet in Cordova, AK. He first arrived in 1963 and proceeded to work on boats until he purchased his own gillnet permit in 1988. “The Star Thrower” was his trusty 27ft wooden stern picker, which he captained until 2014. Through his hard work and expertise, Sully was recognized among the fleet as one of the best hangers in Cordova. Sully contributed to many lives within the fishing community and continues to do so through this scholarship. CDFU is thankful to him and his partner Rocky Stone for providing this opportunity to our fleet and youth.

Apply by printing, completing, and returning the application packet to CDFU by March 29th 2019.

 Questions? Please contact CDFU.

907-424-3447.