Tara Moore
Guidance Counselor 8-12
(907) 352-1355

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Michelle Boyden
Guidance Counselor
(907) 352-7463
Wendy DeGraffenried
(907) 352-7459

Healthy Living

We R Native is a comprehensive health resource for Native youth, by Native youth, providing content and stories about the topics that matter most to them. We strive to promote holistic health and positive growth in our local communities and nation at large.

Identityinc.org  A social/educational group facilitated by Identity. The meetings are open to all LGBTQ teens and allies ages 13-18 in the Mat-Su Valley.

Suicide is never a solution

It is an irreversible choice regarding a temporary problem. There is help. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or know someone who is, talk to a trusted adult, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text “START” to 741741.

Adverse Childhood Experiences

ACEs are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress that can harm a child’s brain.

This toxic stress may prevent a child from learning, from playing in a healthy way with other children, and can result in long-term health problems.  

Attend a 90 minute workshop on Understanding ACES and building resilience:

Information for the next ACEs workshops

Alaska Safe Children’s Act: Bree's Law

Dear Mat-Su Central Parents,

To increase awareness and reduce the prevalence of sexual violence, Alaska has passed legislation called the Alaska Safe Children’s Act, otherwise known as Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law. AS 14.30.355

(Erin’s Law) requires that the governing body of each school district adopt and implement a policy, establish a training program for employees and students, and provide parental notices relating to sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention for students enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelve.AS 14.30.356

(Bree’s Law) requires that the governing body of each school district adopt and implement a policy, establish a training program for employees and students, and provide parental notices relating to dating violence and abuse in grades seven through twelve. A training program adopted under this section must emphasize prevention and awareness.

To meet the requirements of the Alaska Safe Children’s Act, Mat-Su Central would like to partner with you as your child’s primary home educator.

Please click on the following links in order to access the District’s curriculum resources designated to provide the appropriate lessons for each grade level.
- Alaska Safe Children’s Act Curriculum Grades K-5
Alaska Safe Children’s Act Grades 6-8
Alaska Safe Children’s Act Grades 9-12

We currently have several of the children’s books and teen health curriculum listed in these links available for you to check-out in our counseling office. If we can be of assistance please reach out to a member of our school’s counseling team (Tara Moore, Deb Haynes, or Michelle Boyden) at 352-7450.

Sincerely, John Brown, Principal

Sunshine Health Community Scholarship

April 1, 2022

Sunshine Community Health Center (SCHC) scholarships help defray the cost of higher education in degree programs in the fields of health and human services.The purpose of this scholarship is to promote, facilitate, and increase the knowledge and understanding of the vital role of community health care in rural areas. The scholarships will recognize the distinguished scholastic, leadership and citizenship attributes of high school students and their role in community wellness.

The goal of the Sunshine Community Health Center scholarship program is to increase the health and human services workforce in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Scholarship applications are evaluated based on career choice and intent to return to the Matanuska-Susitna Valley area upon graduation.

Two (2) $2,000.00 SCHC scholarships will honor those individuals who have had a significant impact on health care in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and intend to return and help their community. Finalists will be asked to participate in a Zoom interview with the Board of Directors Advocacy committee.

Trumann Picard scholarship for Native American/Alaskan Natural Resource Students

March 11, 2022

$2,500 for college students (number of awards varies per year) $2,500 for grad students and graduating college seniors that are applying/accepted for grad school 

$2,000 for graduating senior high school students

Purpose: The Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources.

Required Materials: The Education Selection Committee will review and rank only those applicants who completely address each area. Please be specific. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Discover Prudential Emerging Visionaries

November 4, 2021

The world needs innovations – your innovations. Prudential Emerging Visionaries is a national program that celebrates and awards young people who create solutions to financial and societal challenges.

We're building a community of young people working to create positive change across the nation. If you have a solution and a well-designed plan to make it happen, tell us about it.

Now through November 4, 2021, we're accepting applications for Prudential Emerging Visionaries from people ages 14 to 18 who are taking on today’s toughest financial and societal challenges. Sound like you? Apply todayOpens a modal dialog.

DAR Good Citizenship Scholarship

December 1, 2021

The DAR Good Citizens program and scholarship contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The program is open to all senior class students. Mat Su Central will choose one finalist to forward to the state's DAR Good Citizenship Program where one winner will be awarded. Each state winner receives an award in the amount of at least $250 and a special state DAR Good Citizens pin and certificate. The state winner is eligible for a $500 multi-state division competition and finally a $5000 national winner.

To enter as Mat Su Central's finalist, complete the Part 1: PERSONAL portion of the application, sending it to michelle.boyden@matsuk12.us by December 1, 2021. Mat Su Central's finalist will need to complete Part 2: ESSAY between December 6-16, 2021 in person at Mat Su Central.

UAF Nanook Commitment

Apply early; absolute deadline is June 15, 2022

The Nanook Commitment scholarship is a renewable award for incoming first-year, transfer and readmitted University of Alaska Fairbanks students to help qualifying students bridge the gap between what they can afford and the cost of attendance. This scholarship is offered to students based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as the admissions application. Students eligible for the Nanook Commitment will have guaranteed assistance towards their cost of attendance.

UAA and Mat Su College

Various deadlines

There are a variety of UAA, University of Alaska, and State of Alaska grants and scholarships available to our students. Some scholarships require an application, some are automatically awarded once eligibility conditions are met after submitting your first application for admission, and some you qualify for by completing specific requirements before graduating from an Alaska high school. Below are a list of scholarships you may see on your UAOnline>Financial Aid Overview screen. IMPORTANT REMINDER: Many of these programs require recipients to meet specific conditions if they are multi-year awards.

Various US Scholarships

Various Deadlines

List of US scholarships available to Alaska residents in newsletter form. Link to current scholarships (December)

SWE Greatland 2022 Scholarships

February 9, 2022

Each year SWE Greatland distributes our scholarship application across Alaska to female high school seniors who are planning to pursue a degree in engineering through an ABET-accredited program. We offer one scholarship in the amount of $2,000, and two scholarships in the amount of $1,500.   A fillable application can be found here.

Nick Begich Scholarship Intern Fund

February 23, 2022

Successful NBSIF scholarship candidates have demonstrated an interest in careers in public service or education. The highest scoring applicant is awarded the Eugene A. Kennedy Award which, at present, is a $2,000 annual award renewable for up to a full four years, pending academic review by the board. A number of additional grant awards are made in the amounts of $1,750, $1,500, $1,000, $750, and $500 annually. Applications are drawn from throughout the state. Applicants must be Alaskan residents at the high school senior level or above.

Elks Legacy Award

February 7, 2022

The Legacy Awards program begins on September 1st. LegacyAwards provide$4,000 scholarships forchildren and grandchildren of dues-paying Elk members. The ENF offers a totalof 350 national awards.The application deadline is February 5, 2022 at11:59 a.m., Central Time.

Going Merry scholarship list (website)

various deadlines

Going Merry is a free scholarship and financial aid platform. You sign up and are sent scholarships that match your need and post secondary interests.

UAF Nanook Pledge

Rolling deadline; apply first to UAF

UAF Nanook Pledge is a four-year merit scholarship for incoming first-year, transfer and readmitted University of Alaska Fairbanks students.  Eligibility is based on GPA and test scores.

Mat Su Borough School District List

Various Deadlines

This link brings you to the Mat Su Borough School District scholarship page. Click "submit" to see all scholarships and their deadlines.

College Board Opportunity Scholarship

Various Deadlines

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships guide you through the college planning process and offer you a chance to earn money for college for each action you complete. Complete each action for a chance to earn scholarships.

SAR’s George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

January 31, 2022

Students (grades 9-12) are eligible to submit an original essay with topics based on original research and deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. In Alaska, students will first compete at the State level and myself and other SAR Compatriots will select the winner. That essay will then be entered into the National competition where the winning essay will earn $5000, a medal, and a trip to a recognition ceremony. 2nd and 3rd place also earn cash awards.