Golfers Raise Money for GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon Scholarships

July 11, 2014

Bob Ormberg, GCI 907-360-2614,


Golfers will take to the green Wednesday in GCI’s largest charity fundraising event of the year.

The annual Scramble for Scholars Golf Tournament raises funds for students participating in the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon. The GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon awards 12 scholarships to decathlon competitors. Money raised in the tournament also helps fund the state championship and sends the winning Alaska team to the national competition in the Lower 48. Since 1984, the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon has awarded more than $249,000 in scholarships to Alaska students.

This year’s tournament is Wednesday, July 16 at the Moose Run Golf Course. The tournament will be followed by an awards ceremony, featuring prizes for the longest drive and longest putt, as well as for overall champions.

“GCI is proud of the students who compete each year in the decathlon and their achievements. The scholarship fund is our way of supporting them,” said Bob Ormberg, GCI vice president of product and content management. “The tournament is the perfect opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of golf while raising money to help Alaska students achieve their goals.”

Registration for the golf tournament begins at 7 a.m. and play starts at 8 a.m. The cost is $200 for singles, $500 for foursomes. Each participant gets to play 18 holes of golf (with two carts provided per foursome) and is given an event golf shirt and tickets to the awards ceremony at the Pavilion on Moose Run.

The GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon is a statewide all-academic competition for high school students. It is a chartered member of the United States Academic Decathlon, the nation’s premier academic competition program. Its goal is to encourage high school students to achieve higher academic standards. Teams from across Alaska compete in the decathlon, with the winning team representing the state at the national competition.