Contributed by Robin Minard
Annually the Mat-Su Health Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to local students pursuing degrees in health and wellness.
Mat-Su residents interested in becoming doctors, nurses, psychologists, substance abuse counselors, or other health-related professionals are invited to apply for the scholarships at healthymatsu.org.
In 2015, the MSHF awarded almost $300,000 to 75 members of the Mat-Su community to help build the Mat-Su’s health care workforce of the future. Two types of scholarship are offered, Academic and Vocational:
Academic scholarships help defray the cost of higher education in degree programs that emphasize health or wellness, including mental health and substance abuse.
The application period for academic scholarships is open until 4 pm AKST on Friday, March 25, 2016. Vocational scholarships assist residents with the cost of training in, or certifications for, jobs in a health and/or social/human services field.
Applications for vocational scholarships are accepted year-round.
Applicants for Mat-Su Health Foundation scholarships need to live in the Mat-Su, but they don’t have to go to college in Alaska to qualify - they just need to be committed to serving our community by returning home when they graduate.
Complete eligibility requirements and the online application are available at www.healthymatsu.org.
About Mat-Su Health Foundation:
Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) 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 institution through board oversight.
The MSHF invests its assets into charitable works that improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in Mat-Su.
More information is available at www.healthymatsu.org.