MAT-SU HEALTH FOUNDATION AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TOTALING $295,00008-May-2015
Wasilla, Alaska –The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) recently awarded scholarships to 75 local students pursuing careers in health and wellness. The total dollar amount of scholarships awarded was $294,728. Some of the recipients are students just finishing high school and entering college for the first time; others are partway through their college careers, and still others are pursuing vocational training in health-related fields.
The Mat-Su Health Foundation scholarship program was created to build Mat-Su’s healthcare workforce of the future by encouraging local residents to pursue education in high-demand health and wellness fields. The scholarships are offered in two categories: Academic Scholarships for students pursuing college degrees with health or wellness majors, and Vocational Scholarships to assist students with the cost of training and certifications for jobs in health and wellness related fields. Scholarships are awarded based on how well each applicant meets MSHF’s eligibility criteria, which includes unmet financial need, demonstrated interest in health care, and selection of a career choice that matches the workforce needs of the Mat-Su.
Two of the Academic Scholarships were given in honor of revered and respected former employees of Valley Hospital. The 2015 Annie Demming Scholarship was awarded to Craig Dollerhide. Demming 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 Kaitlin Daly, and this scholarship is given in honor of Vivian “Babe” Shaver, who worked at Valley Hospital and passed away in 1978.
The 2015 recipients of MSHF Academic Scholarship are:
The recipients of Vocational Scholarships awarded since June, 2014 through today are listed below. The Vocational Scholarship program has no closing date, and awards are made throughout the year.
More information can be found at www.healthymatsu.org.
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.