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July 2019

Erika Arthur, Don Lambert, Kelly Marre, Turkan Rollins, and Caleb Wagle · Mat-Su Scholars Awards

For the second year in a row, the Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) has dramatically increased the amount it has awarded in academic scholarships. This year, 275 local residents will receive a total of $1,505,762 to pursue higher education in the fields of health and human services.

MSHF offers scholarships in two categories: academic scholarships for students pursuing college degrees with health and human services majors, and vocational scholarships to assist students with the cost of training and certifications for jobs in health and wellness fields. Scholarships are awarded based on how well each applicant meets the foundation’s eligibility criteria, including financial need, demonstrated interest in health and human services, and selection of a career choice that matches the workforce needs of the Mat-Su. MSHF academic scholarships are awarded one time annually, while vocational scholarships are awarded throughout the year.

The five Mat-Su Health Foundation 2019 Mat-Su Scholars Awards winners are:

  • The Jessica Stevens Scholarship for a physician assistant major: Erika Arthur
  • The Darlene Reed Scholarship for a nursing major: Don Lambert
  • The Ya Ne Dah Ah /K’tl’egh’i Sukdu Scholarship for a graduate-level applicant: Kelly Marre
  • The Vivian "Babe" Shaver Scholarship for a behavioral health major: Turkan Rollins
  • The Annie Demming Scholarship for a current high school student: Caleb Wagle 

Applications for MSHF academic scholarships will be accepted again beginning in January 2020, but vocational scholarships are accepted year-round.


Mat-Su Health Foundation (Wasilla, AK)

Contact: Robin Minard
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