Each year the Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) awards scholarships to residents of the Mat-Su Borough pursuing a health-related career. We believe that an 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. 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. The number of scholarships given each year and the amount of each award varies.
MSHF Scholarship eligibility requirements include the following:
- United States citizenship
- Mat-Su Borough residency for minimum of one year (current to application)
- Eligible for an Alaska Permanent Dividend Fund
- Minimum half-time student status at accredited college, university, or medical training program
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for returning awardees only; no minimum GPA for first time applicants; [Note: a GPA criterion only applies to an applicant who has received a scholarship in the past from MSHF. Until the applicant wins an award, the no GPA standard will be used.
- Successful completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Air (FAFSA) report
- Demonstrated interest in the healthcare field through an essay 250 words or less in the MSHF Scholarship Application
- Selection of a healthcare career choice that matches the healthcare workforce needs of providers in the Mat-Su Borough
- Attestation of tobacco and illicit drug free status and commitment to healthy living
- VHA dba 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
- [Note: As defined by IRS Excess Benefit Transactions, 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), ancestors, children (including a legally adopted child), grandchildren, great grandchildren, and spouses of children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren (whether by whole or half-blood).
How to Apply
The application period for 2013 scholarships has ended. Please check back this Fall for updated information.