The Cap Lathrop Endowment Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 in memory of Captain "Cap" Lathrop who was a pioneer in Alaska’s telecommunications and broadcast industry.
The Endowment, one of The CIRI Foundation’s several scholarship endowment programs, is funded with contributions from its major donor, A.E. "Augie" Hiebert, founder of Northern Television, Inc., General Communications, Inc., and other private donors. The CIRI Foundation, established in 1982 by Cook Inlet Region, Inc., encourages the educational and career developments of the Region’s Alaska Natives and maintain the cultural heritage of the Region’s more than 6,700 Alaska’s Indigenous People.
The Cap Lathrop Scholarship is offered to all eligible and qualified Alaska Natives with preference given to Native enrollees/descendants of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. and who are majoring in broadcast, telecommunications, business, engineering, journalism, and other media related fields.