Scholarship FAQs

Q: How do I apply for a Mat-Su Health Foundation scholarship?

A: All applications are accepted online at the links on the scholarship page.

Q: When should I apply for a scholarship?

A: Applications for Vocational Scholarships are accepted continuously throughout the year. The 2020 application period for Academic Scholarships is January 1 – March 1, 2020.

Q: Is the FAFSA required for Mat-Su Health Foundation Scholarships?

A: Completion of the FAFSA is required for all Academic Scholarship applicants. It is not required for Vocational Scholarship applicants.

Q: What kinds of programs qualify for scholarships?

A: We give Academic Scholarships to students pursuing degrees in health and human services at accredited colleges and universities both in Alaska and Outside. Some of the majors pursued by previous scholarship recipients include nursing, psychiatry, and pre-med. However, this is not an exhaustive list; we will consider any major that will allow the student to contribute to our goal of making Mat-Su the healthiest borough in the US. The Vocational Scholarship program is available to help pay for training in areas such as medical office professions, addictions counseling, certified nurse assistant (CNA), and other certificate programs that do not result in a college degree, but still fill a vital need in the health care community.

Q: How much money is each of your scholarships worth?

A: The amount of each award varies. In 2019, awards ranged from $1,000 – $11,000. Amounts for 2020 will be determiner after all applications have been evaluated.

Q: What is the criteria used to select scholarship recipients?

A: Mat-Su Health Foundation scholarships are need-based. Applicant need is calculated based on their available resources (expected family contribution, scholarships, Pell Grants, etc.), the total cost of attendance, and other extenuating circumstances that will impact their ability to pay for their education.

Q: When will I find out if I am selected to receive a scholarship?

A: Recipients of Academic Scholarships are notified about 8 weeks after the application period closes. The response time for Vocational Scholarships is typically around 30-45 days.

Q: Can I start an application, save it, and then return to it later?

A: Yes! You can return to a saved application by clicking here.

Q: Can I edit or make changes to my application after I have submitted it?

A: No, you cannot edit or make any changes to your application after you have hit the “submit” button.  Please email, to notify changes.

Q: How will I receive my scholarship money?

A: Scholarship funds are paid directly to the college you attend.

Q: I have a question and I can’t find the answer on your website. Who should I contact?

A: For additional assistance, please email