MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
Wasilla, Alaska – For the second year in a row, the Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) has dramatically increased the amount it has awarded in academic scholarships. This year, 275 local residents will receive a total of $1,505,762 to pursue higher education in the fields of health and human services.
“Our scholarship program is an integral part of the foundation’s comprehensive workforce development strategy,” said MSHF Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Ripley. “We are striving to ensure that Mat-Su residents have access to the education and training they need to participate in a fast-growing sector of the economy, while also helping everyone in the community have access to the services they need to be healthy.”
MSHF offers scholarships in two categories: academic scholarships for students pursuing college degrees with health and human services majors, and vocational scholarships to assist students with the cost of training and certifications for jobs in health and wellness fields. Scholarships are awarded based on how well each applicant meets the foundation’s eligibility criteria, including financial need, demonstrated interest in health and human services, and selection of a career choice that matches the workforce needs of the Mat-Su. MSHF academic scholarships are awarded one time annually, while vocational scholarships are awarded throughout the year.
Mat-Su Health Foundation 2019 academic scholarship recipients are listed below, starting with the five Mat-Su Scholars Awards and followed by all students who received awards:
- The Annie Demming Scholarship for a current high school student: Caleb Wagle
- The Vivian “Babe” Shaver Scholarship for a behavioral health major: Turkan Rollins
- The Ya Ne Dah Ah /K’tl’egh’i Sukdu Scholarship for a graduate-level applicant: Kelly Marre
- The Jessica Stevens Scholarship for a physician assistant major: Erika Arthur
- The Darlene Reed Scholarship for a nursing major: Don Lambert
- The George V. Larson, III Scholarship for a hospital administration or nonprofit management major: Joshua Geary
Tiffany Michelle Leonard
Hannah Faith Raymundo
Savanna Van Diest
Applications for MSHF academic scholarships will be accepted again beginning in January 2020, but vocational scholarships are accepted year-round. More information can be found at healthymatsu.org.
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.