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Mat-Su Health Foundation Offers Scholarships


Also Scholarship "How to Apply" Training Sessions in 2012

Wasilla, Alaska -The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) is once again
offering scholarships for Mat-Su residents pursuing a health related
career.  MSHF's scholarship application will be available on Monday,
January 23 at www.matsuhealthfoundation.org.  Interested applicants
should apply online at www.matsuhealthfoundation.org by 4 p.m. on
March 19, 2012.

To learn more about the MSHF scholarship application process or to
secure assistance with the on-line application, how-to-apply training
sessions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 2 at the
Mat-Su Regional Outpatient Center at 950 E. Bogard Road, Ste. 220 in
Wasilla and Monday, February 6 at the AT&T Sports Center in Palmer. RSVP
for one of training sessions by emailing v.reese@msrmc.com.

MSHF scholarships are intended to help defray the cost of higher
education and encourage Mat-Su residents to complete a degree or
certificate program that emphasizes health and/or wellness.  MSHF
Scholarship funds will be awarded based upon the merit of the applicants
meeting the MSHF eligibility criteria, which includes a demonstrated
interest in the healthcare field, clarity of health care career goals
and the value of those goals in building a healthier community.  The
MSHF Board has recently broadened these criteria to allow even half time
students to apply and also to allow scholarship funds to be used for
accredited medical training programs outside the traditional college

In 2011, MSHF awarded over $99,000 in scholarships to high school
seniors, undergraduates and graduate students with Mat-Su residency
pursuing a health-related major.  Almost half of these students attended
University of Alaska or Mat-Su College.  MSHF has established another
robust budget for scholarships in 2012 and hopes to double the number
of applicants.

MSHF believes that an investment in the education of Mat-Su residents
will help to build the healthcare workforce of the future and an engaged
citizenship with a higher capacity to address the health-related
challenges impacting Mat-Su and Alaska.  MSHF also acknowledges current
research on the social determinants of health, which demonstrates that
people who obtain some college education or vocational training beyond
high school experience better health, on average, than do those with
only a high school degree.  If MSHF can increase the number of Mat-Su
residents with "some college" in their background, the borough death
rate will even decrease.  Evidence of this can be found at
www.countyhealthrankings.org established by the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation.

The 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.

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