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Academic Scholarship Program

Scholarships to Mat-Su Borough, Alaska Individuals
to Pursue Health or Nonprofit Management Degrees

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Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF)

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Scholarships of up to $20,000 to Mat-Su Borough, Alaska individuals who are pursuing degrees related to health or nonprofit management. This program defrays the cost of higher education for degree tracks involving health and wellness, including substance abuse and mental health. Scholarships may also be requested by students in pursuit of degrees in nonprofit management.

Awards for traditional MSHF academic scholarships are based on each applicant’s stated career goal and financial need as demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Scholarships under the Mat-Su Scholars Awards program are also based on the applicant’s stated career goal, but not on financial need.

Scholarships under the Mat-Su Scholars Awards will be awarded to applicants who meet specific criteria:

-Current High School Students: The Annie Demming Scholarship is reserved for a promising student currently enrolled in high school and planning to attend college. Demming was a part-time nurse at Valley Hospital and later the head of its medical records department. She served in that role until her retirement in 1987.

-Behavioral Health Major: The Vivian "Babe" Shaver Scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a degree in behavioral health. Shaver was employed at Valley Hospital as an environmental services worker for many years.

-Graduate-Level Applicants: The Ya Ne Dah Ah /K’tl’egh’i Sukdu Scholarship will be awarded to a graduate-level student. The Ya Ne Dah Ah /K’tl’egh’i Sukdu scholarship was created to honor Alaska Native traditions and culture in the Mat-Su. Ya Ne Dah Ah / K’tl’egh’i Sukdu loosely translates as “ancient stories/remaining stories of our people.” Ya Ne Dah Ah is Ahtna and K’tl’egh’i Sukdu is Dena’ina.

-Hospital Administration: The George V. Larson, III Scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a degree in hospital administration or non-profit management. Larson, former CEO of Valley Hospital Association, was known for his deep humility, care for employees, and servant leadership. He explored ways to finance a new hospital for Mat-Su. He cemented a capital partnership that enabled Mat-Su Regional Medical Center to be built, changing the landscape of health care in Mat-Su forever.

-Physician Assistant: The Jessica Stevens Scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a physician assistant degree. Stevens was the CEO of Sunshine Clinic and worked tirelessly for 14 years to improve health care in the Upper Su. Her efforts transformed a single-provider clinic into a federally qualified community health center with a staff of 40 housed in a new, state-of-the-art facility.

-Nursing: The Darlene Reed Scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a degree in nursing. Reed was a long time public health nurse in Palmer and was instrumental in the early years of the Mat-Su Agency Partnership and many other community initiatives.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177971

Number of Grants:

Up to six Mat-Su Scholars will be selected.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount awarded per student for the traditional MSHF academic scholarships is $20,000.

Mat-Su Scholars Awards may be for as much as $10,000 each.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

MSHF Scholarship eligibility requirements include the following:
-United States citizenship.
-Mat-Su Borough residency for minimum of one year (current to application).
-Eligible for the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend.
-Minimum half-time student status at an accredited college, university, or medical training program.
Selection of a health care or nonprofit management career choice that matches the workforce needs of providers in the Mat-Su Borough.
-Interest in the fields of health care or nonprofit management 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.
-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 an official 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.

Disqualified Applicants For All MSHF Scholarships:
-Individuals disqualified from applying for a MSHF Scholarship include the following:
-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:

Academic Scholarship applications will be accepted January 1, 2018 through February 23, 2018.

All applicants for Academic Scholarships must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be accessed now by clicking here:

It is advised that the FAFSA be filled out as soon as possible; you do not need to wait until the MSHF scholarship program opens to get started with your FAFSA.

Mat-Su Scholars Awards require an essay and interview as part of the application process.

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

A video that explains how to fill out the FAFSA is available here.


Contact Information:

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

Vickie Reese

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska: Mat-Su Borough