Academic Scholarships



Mat-Su Health Foundation academic scholarships help defray the cost of higher education in degree programs that emphasize health or wellness, including mental health and substance abuse, and nonprofit management.

New in 2018: Mat-Su Health Foundation scholarships may now be used towards the full cost of attendance (COA). The COA includes tuition and fees, on-campus room and board (or a housing and food allowance for off-campus students), and allowances for books, supplies, transportation, loan fees, and, if applicable, dependent care.

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). The maximum amount awarded per student for these scholarships is $20,000.

We also offer academic scholarships under the Mat-Su Scholars Awards program. These scholarships are based on the applicant’s stated career goal, but not on financial need. The Mat-Su Scholars Awards program requires an essay and interview as part of the application process . (Note: A single application applies you for both the traditional academic scholarship and the Mat-Su Scholars award. If selected for both, you will receive the higher amount of the two.) Mat-Su Scholars Awards program scholarships are for up to $10,000 each, and up to one Mat-Su Scholars Awards program scholarship is awarded annually 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

How to Apply for an Academic Scholarship:

  • The online application for MSHF Academic Scholarships will open in early 2019 - please check back then. 
  • All applicants for Academic Scholarships must also fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be accessed by clicking here.
  • If you are applying for the Mat-Su Scholars Awards program, you will be asked to complete an essay of 250 words describing your career goal and how achieving it will help people living in the Mat-Su.

You will need to attach two PDF files to your MSHF scholarship application:

  • The confirmation page from your FAFSA.
  • Proof of the Cost of Attendance (COA) at the college you plan to attend. This can be in the form of either a letter from the school, or a screenshot from the school's website (search for "Cost of Attendance" on the school's site to find this). As an example, here is a link to the Cost of Attendance page at UAA: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/students/financial-aid/cost-of-attendance.cshtml
  • If you have already started and/or filled out an application and need to log back in, click here.

Eligibility Requirements

 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. 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 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).

Questions? Please visit our FAQ page.

For additional assistance, please send an email to: scholarships@healthymatsu.org.