Academic Scholarships 2024

The Academic Scholarship Application Will Be Open Until March 22, 2024

Increasing the Health and Human Services Workforce

Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) academic scholarships help defray the cost of higher education in degree programs in the fields of health and human services. Please note that this page is for academic scholarships. If you are looking for a vocational scholarship for non-degree certificate and training programs, please visit the vocational scholarship page.

The goal of the Mat-Su Health Foundation scholarship program is to increase the health and human services workforce in the Mat-Su. Scholarship applications are evaluated based on career choice and financial need as demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

How to Apply for an Academic Scholarship

Instructions for 2023 MSHF Scholarship Recipients

Please complete the simplified application that was emailed to you. Use your username and password used during the 2023-2024 application process to log in and navigate to the simplified application. Since you have already submitted your cost of attendance, FAFSA student aid report and transcript in 2022, you are not required to resubmit new documentation for the current application. Using this simplified application, you will be able to re-confirm your scholarship eligibility, career goals and update any changes to your financial circumstances.

Instructions for First-Time Applicants and Other Previous Scholarship Recipients Prior to 2023

  1. Learn how to apply with detailed, illustrated instructions.
  2. Access the online application.
  3. You will need to upload several documents to complete your application. Before you start, please be sure you have the following documents available:
    • FAFSA submission confirmation email or FAFSA confirmation page. See a sample FAFSA submission confirmation email. After you submit your FAFSA, you will see a FAFSA confirmation page and will received a FAFSA submission confirmation email.  Either is acceptable and will need to be saved as a PDF or JPEG and uploaded to your scholarship application. Please note that submitting incorrect documentation will slow your application processing time.  You must submit the current 2024-2025 FAFSA submission confirmation. Confirmations for the 2023-2024 FAFSA cannot be accepted. If you have not yet completed the FAFSA, you must do so before completing your Mat-Su Health Foundation scholarship application.
    • Proof of the Cost of Attendance for the school you plan to attend. This must include tuition, fees, books, room and board, etc., for the upcoming academic year. It can be in the form of a letter from the school you plan to attend or a screenshot from their website listing the official budget for Cost of Attendance, not to include summer course costs. See an example of proof of Cost of Attendance
    • Unofficial copy of your most recent transcript (high school, college, or university).

If you don’t complete the entire application at one time, you may save your work and return later.

Eligibility Requirements

MSHF Academic Scholarship eligibility requirements include the following:

  • United States citizenship or lawful permanent residency.
  • Mat-Su Borough residency for a minimum of one year at the time of application.
  • Minimum half-time student status at an accredited college, university, or medical training program.
  • Interest in the fields of health care or human services, as demonstrated by the applicant’s responses to questions posed in the application.
  • Successful completion of the FAFSA.
  • There is no minimum GPA requirement.

Disqualified applicants for all MSHF scholarships:

  • VHA dba MSHF directors, officers, employees, members of the MSHF Program Committee (including non-voting community members of the MSHF Program 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.
  • Family members of a disqualified person include a disqualified person’s spouse, siblings (whether by whole or half-blood), spouses of siblings (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).