CDFU’s Educational & AYFS Scholarship Opportunities

Cordova District Fishermen United has received many generous contributions to its educational scholarship fund over the years form the community and local business members. These funds have been key to supporting educational and networking events to Area E fishermen and students that further promote the success of our fisheries through personal development. CDFU promotes these development opportunities through educational Scholarships and the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit Scholarship (AYFS).

The Annual Education Scholarship provides three 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.

Annual Educational Scholarship

Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit

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The 2019 applications are closed.

Applicants who are seeking further education in any fisheries/mechanic/marketing/policy 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.


The Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit (AYFS) provides funds to cover interested applicants event registration, travel, and lodging. Established by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, The Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit (AYFS) is a three-day networking and skill-building conference for new entrants in managing modern commercial fishing businesses. It’s a great source of information for all fishermen highlighting many “unseen” aspects of the Alaska commercial fishing industry, including regulatory and management processes.

2020 AYFS Scholarship Application Form is open

The summit will be held, tentatively, January 21 - 23 , 2020. The scholarship intends to cover the cost of shared hotel accommodations, event registration fees and up to $500.00 for travel reimbursement to AYFS. To apply for this scholarship you must fill out the form below or submit a letter of intent via mail or in person by September 9th 2019.

Candidate eligibility:

  1. Fishermen, who are relatively new (within 6 years) to the commercial fishing industry, expressing an interest in taking a leadership role in the industry and community.

  2. This is not limited to current permit holders.

  3. Preference will be given to applicants who have not received CDFU AYFS scholarship support in the past.

Apply by submitting the online form below or submitting a letter of intent to our office by October 30th, 2019.

 Questions? Please contact CDFU.