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Academic Scholarship Program

Scholarships to Mat-Su Borough, Alaska Individuals
to Pursue Health and Human Services Degrees

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Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF)

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Scholarships of up to $10,000 to Mat-Su Borough, Alaska individuals for academic degree programs in the health and human services fields. Scholarship recipients may pursue a degree at an accredited university, college, or medical training program in Alaska or outside the State. Study majors include psychiatry, pre-med, nursing, or any other field that meets the human services and health workforce needs in the Borough.

The goal of the scholarship program is to increase the health and human services workforce in the Mat-Su. Scholarship applications are evaluated based on career choice and financial need as demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Six of the annual awards are designated for named scholarships that honor individuals who have had a significant impact on health care in the Mat-Su. These named scholarships are awarded based on career choice and academic merit (grade point average). One named scholarship may be awarded in each of the following categories:

- Current High School Students: The Annie Demming Scholarship
- Behavioral Health Major: The Vivian "Babe" Shaver Scholarship
- Graduate-Level Applicants: The Ya Ne Dah Ah /K’tl’egh’i Sukdu Scholarship
- Hospital Administration and Nonprofit Management: The George V. Larson, III Scholarship
- Physician Assistant: The Jessica Stevens Scholarship
- Nursing: The Darlene Reed Scholarship

Fields of study may include any major that will allow the student to contribute to the Foundation's goal of making Mat-Su the healthiest borough in the United States.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177971

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum awarded per student is up to $10,000 annually.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:

- United States citizenship or lawful permanent residency.
- Mat-Su Borough residency for minimum of one year (current to application).
- Minimum half-time student status at an accredited college, university, or medical training program.
- Selection of a health care or human services career choice that matches the health and human services workforce needs in the Mat-Su Borough.
- Interest in the fields of health care or human services as demonstrated by the applicant's responses to questions posed in the application.
- For academic scholarships only: Successful completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA. The FAFSA is not required for Vocational Scholarship applicants.
- GPA: There is no minimum GPA for first time applicants. For returning awardees a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required. Returning awardees must provide a transcript for no less than one complete year. If they have not completed a full year at time of application, they must provide college transcripts for any college courses they have completed plus their high school transcripts.(Note: While a threshold GPA is not required for first-time applicants, GPA is considered as a variable in scoring the applications.)

Academic Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing degrees in health and human services at accredited colleges and universities both in Alaska and Outside. Some of the majors pursued by previous scholarship recipients include nursing, psychiatry, and pre-med. However, this is not an exhaustive list; the Foundation will consider any major that will allow the student to contribute to the goal of making Mat-Su the healthiest borough in the US.

Disqualified Applicants:

- MSHF directors, officers, employees and members of the Scholarship Committee, and their family members.
- Mat-Su Regional Medical Center Board of Directors members, and their family members.
- Mat-Su Regional Board of Trustee Members and their family members. (Family members of a disqualified person include a disqualified person's spouse, brothers or sisters (whether by whole or half-blood), spouses of brothers or sisters (whether by whole or half-blood) and their children by whole or half blood or by adoption, ancestors, children (including a legally adopted child), grandchildren, great grandchildren, and spouses of children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren (whether by whole or half-blood).

Pre-Application Information:

All applications are accepted online. The online application for MSHF Academic Scholarships will be open from January 1 through March 1, 2019. A link to the application will be posted on the site on the opening day.

Recipients of Academic Scholarships are notified about 8 weeks after the application period closes.

All applicants for Academic Scholarships must also fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (For the FAFSA, see

Applicants need not specify whether they are applying for a named scholarship. All applicants will be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For additional assistance, please send an email to:

Vickie Reese, Grants Management Assistant
(907) 352-2872

Mat-Su Health Foundation
777 N. Crusey St., Suite A201
Wasilla, AK 99654

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska: Mat-Su Borough