Scholarship FAQs

General Scholarship FAQs

Should I apply for a Vocational or Academic Scholarship?

Academic Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing degrees in health and human services at accredited colleges and universities. 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.

Do I need to already be enrolled in a program to apply for a scholarship?

You must either be planning to enroll or currently enrolled in a health and human services program at a minimum of half time (6 credit hours) in higher education at an accredited college or university.

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

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

Do I need to fill out my application all at one time?

Nope! You can save and come back to complete your application at your convenience.

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

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

Can I receive more than one MSHF scholarship?

You can only receive an Academic Scholarship annually. In a given year, you can apply for more than one Vocational Scholarship in a different training program. You can also apply for an Academic Scholarship and a Vocational Scholarship at the same time.

Do I need to be an Alaskan resident to apply?

Yes, and a Mat-Su Borough resident for a minimum of one year at the time of application. However, if you are a student out of state you should be eligible to receive the PFD and need to be registered to vote in the Mat-Su Borough or hold a license that reflects your Mat-Su Borough address.

Does the program I attend need to be in Alaska?


Are online degree programs eligible?


Does it cost money to apply for a MSHF scholarship?

Nope! It is free to apply to either of the MSHF scholarship programs.

What is the criteria used to select scholarship recipients?

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, interest in a field of health care or human services, and other extenuating circumstances that will impact their ability to pay for their education.

Who is ineligible for a MSHF scholarship award?

    • VHA dba MSHF directors, officers, employees and members of the Program Committee (including non-voting community members), 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, brothers or sisters (whether by whole or half-blood), spouses of brothers or sisters (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).

How much is each scholarship worth?

The amount awarded for academic scholarships varies based on many factors, including how many applicants there are each year. Vocational scholarship amounts are capped at $5,000 per person.

How are scholarship funds dispersed?

Scholarship funds are paid directly to the school you attend.

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

For additional assistance, please email

Vocational Scholarship FAQs:

When can I apply for a Vocational scholarship?

Vocational Scholarship applications are accepted continuously throughout the year. However, applications must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the start of your training program.

What types of programs could I apply a Vocational scholarship toward?

Some examples of the types of career training we help pay for include, but aren’t limited to, medical and dental assistants, personal care aides, lab technicians, medical office personnel, mental health technicians, phlebotomists, radiology technicians and EMTs.

Is the FAFSA required for a Vocational Scholarship?

No, the FAFSA is not required to apply for a Vocational Scholarship.

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

The turnaround time is about 60 days after submission of a completed application at this time. However, please do submit your application as far in advance as possible to ensure you receive the decision before applicable deadlines for your program.

Academic Scholarship FAQs:

How many scholarships are awarded each year?

The number of Academic Scholarship awards varies each year.

When is my application due?

The MSHF Academic Scholarship application period will close February 28, 2022. Please check back for updates.

What types of programs could I apply an Academic scholarship toward?

Academic Scholarship awards can be applied to programs with a focus on health and human services and nonprofit management at accredited colleges and universities.

Is a minimum GPA required for eligibility?

For first-time applications, there is no minimum GPA requirement, but it is considered as a variable when evaluating applications. For previous scholarship recipients, a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are evaluating temporarily suspending this requirement for 2021. This may allow for consideration of the hardships the pandemic has presented to the learning environment. Therefore, even if your cumulative GPA is less than 3.0, we urge you to apply in case this suspension is approved. Previous scholarship recipients must provide an unofficial transcript of any college courses they have completed.

Do I need to be a full-time student to receive an Academic Scholarship?

However, the applicant must have half-time student status at an accredited college, university, or medical training program.

Can awards apply toward summer credits?

Yes, awards can be applied toward summer credits.

Is the FAFSA required for an Academic Scholarship?

Yes, the completion of the FAFSA application is required to apply for a MSHF Academic Scholarship.

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

Recipients of Academic Scholarships are typically notified about eight weeks after the application period closes.