Mat-Su Health Foundation Awards $250,000 in Scholarships to 67 Local Students24-May-2013
Wasilla, Alaska –The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) recently awarded 67 scholarships totaling $250,000 to residents of the Mat-Su Borough pursuing health related careers. MSHF scholarships are intended to help defray the cost of higher education and encourage Mat-Su residents to complete a degree or certificate program that emphasizes health and/or wellness. MSHF believes that this investment in the education of Mat-Su residents will help to build the healthcare workforce of the future and an engaged citizenship with a higher capacity to address the health-related challenges impacting Mat-Su and Alaska.
Scholarships were awarded based on the merit of each applicant meeting MSHF’s eligibility criteria, which included clarity of health care career goals and the value of those goals to the health care community; an essay describing each applicant’s 5-7 year plan and how it ties in with MSHF’s goal to help Mat-Su become the healthiest borough in the US; an interview; and unmet financial need.
Two scholarships were given in honor of revered and respected former employees of Valley Hospital. The Annie Demming Scholarship was awarded to Maryann Zmuda. This scholarship is given in honor of Annie Demming, who served as Director of the Medical Records Department for Valley Hospital and retired after 28 years of service. The Vivian Shaver Scholarship was awarded to Renee Vingoe. This scholarship is given in honor of Vivian “Babe” Shaver, who worked at Valley Hospital and died in 1978.
The complete list of 2013 MSHF scholarship recipients follows:
About MSHF: Mat-Su Health Foundation is the official business name of Valley Hospital Association, Inc., which shares ownership in Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. In this capacity, the MSHF board members and representatives actively participate in the governance of Mat-Su’s community hospital and protect the community’s interest in this important healthcare asset through board oversight. The MSHF invests its share of Mat-Su Regional’s profits into charitable works that improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in Mat-Su. More information is available online at www.healthymatsu.org.