Vocational Scholarships

Mat-Su Health Foundation Vocational Scholarships help pay for vocational training and certificate programs in health and wellness or nonprofit management career fields. Many of the fastest-growing jobs in Alaska are in health care, and with the right training, Mat-Su residents can seize these opportunities. Some examples of the types of career training we help pay for include: medical and dental assistants, personal care aides, lab technicians, medical office personnel, mental health technicians, phlebotomists, radiology technicians, massage therapists, and EMTs. Applications for Vocational Scholarships are accepted year-round and require an essay of 250 words or less that demonstrates interest in a health or nonprofit field that matches the workforce needs of the Mat-Su Borough. The number of scholarships given each year and the amount of each award varies, with a cap of $5,000 per scholarship.


To apply for a Vocational Scholarship, please review the scholarship eligibility requirements below, and then fill out the online application linked here.

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How to Apply for a Vocational Scholarship:

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.