Burial Assistance Program

The Ounalashka Corporation offers assistance with some expenses when the deceased is an OC Shareholder. Burial assistance may be provided to help with final expenses of deceased Shareholders in an amount up to $2,000.

Burial Assistance Application

Burial Assistance must be applied for within six (6) months of the Shareholder’s death and must be submitted on the form provided by OC. A certified death certificate must accompany an application for assistance.

Upon approval of an application, OC will forward funds to the funeral home listed on the application. In the event a funeral home is not listed, OC will reimburse the family of the deceased Shareholder up to $2,000 when invoiced expenses are presented in a timely manner.

If the Shareholder will be interred in Unalaska and the family needs assistance in building crosses, boxes, coffins or digging the grave, the OC maintenance crew may be available to help. An invoice will be generated for the services provided by OC and billed to OC up to $2,000. The Aleut Foundation (TAF) has an assistance policy as well. Its application can be found on their website linked here: TAF Burial Assistance.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ maximum benefit is $1,050 ($950 for burial, $100 for other services). You must be 1/4 Alaska Native and be a resident. This is a need-based benefit. In Alaska, call BIA Social Services at (907) 271-4137. Shareholders of 1/4 Alaska Native blood living outside Alaska should call their local BIA office.

Descendant Registry

Direct lineal descendants (e.g., the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc.) of voting OC Shareholders must register their information with OC to access benefits. Descendants who are already OC Shareholders do not need to enroll.

The information submitted through the registration process is being collected to:

  • Improve communications with descendants who may become OC Shareholders in the future through gifting or inheritance.
  • Provide information on potential opportunities and activities.
  • Aid the Edna P. McCurdy Scholarship Foundation in establishing proof of eligibility for scholarships.

With each successive generation, it is becoming more challenging to document a descendant’s relationship to an original Shareholder. Collecting the information now makes the application process easier for both current and future generations. To encourage descendants to maintain updated contact information, quarterly prize drawings are conducted from the names of all confirmed descendants. Your completed application (download form) with required documents should be returned to Shareholder Records at:

Descendant Application Form
Ounalashka Corporation
Attention: Shareholder Affairs
PO Box 149
Unalaska, AK 99685-0149

Edna P. McCurdy Scholarship Foundation

The Edna P. McCurdy Scholarship Foundation was formed to provide scholarships for post-secondary education and other training to Shareholders and their descendants. Scholarships are offered to part-time and full-time students or students pursuing technical tracks.

Please note that the Edna P. McCurdy Foundation now requires descendants who are not currently a Shareholder of OC to register as a descendant to apply for funding. The process aids the foundation in the administration of its programs by allowing it to access and use submitted documents for eligibility purposes.

To find out more about the Edna P. McCurdy Foundation’s scholarship program, visit our webpage linked below.

Edna P. McCurdy Foundation

Shareholder Artists & Business Owners

The Ounalashka Corporation offers Shareholders and descendants the opportunity to be featured on our website and in our quarterly newsletter, The Eider Pointer. If you or a Shareholder/Shareholder Descendant you know may be interested, please fill out the Shareholder Submissions form.

Shareholder Submissions Form

Submit a complete copy to:

Ounalashka Corporation
Attention: Shareholder Affairs
PO Box 149
Unalaska, AK 99685-0149