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What is the MATS?


The Mike Ardaw Trust Scholarship is a Gift Trust established by Mike Ardaw himself, and for use at any of the University of Alaska campus's. If you would like to apply, please use your specific University of Alaska financial aide proceedures. Electronic Scholarship applications are typically due in February through the UAOnline Financial Aide process,  and you must have applied to admissions for the upcoming year to apply for this and any other UA scholarships.


If you have any questions about this scholarship, please feel free to contact me, the MATC chair, at

UA Foundation Transition


The "Mike Ardaw Charitable Trust" was transitioned to the larger University of Alaska Foundation Endowment in late 2008. This was done to streamline administrative costs, and allow all Nancy Lake residents including Trust Committee family members to be recipients of scholarships. Previously, Trust Committee members and their family were excluded. Moving the trust to the University of Alaska Foundation, and  having the UA Foundation commitee make recipient choices removed the ban on all excluded lake residents.

For a copy of the original trust agreement, click here.

For a copy of the Administrative Agreement established in 1991, click here.

For a copy of the current UA Foundation Gift Agreement established in 2008, click here.

                   2008 report, click here.

                   2009 report, click here.

                             2009 Recipients, click here.

                  2010 report, click here.

                             2010 Recipients, click here

                   2011 report, click here.

                             2011 Recipients, click here.

                  2012 Report, click here.

                            2012 Recipients, click here.

                  2013 Report, click here.

                  2014 Report, click here.

                  2015 Report, click here.

                           2015 Recipients, click here.

Who was Mike Ardaw?


Click here to find more about Russian Mike.

Click here to view Archived Anchorage Times Article published 1978.

Click here for an Ardaw recollection of early history at the Lake.

Click here to learn of Mike's friend "Happy Jack Smith.