The Portage Health Foundation (PHF) is committed to providing local individuals and students throughout Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties with scholarship opportunities to help them continue their education after high school. Reinvesting money through educational scholarships is one way PHF believes it can uphold its Five Pillars of Emphasis, positively affect the health of the region, and attract and retain future healthcare leaders

Current Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship for graduating seniors from Ontonagon High School

McIntyre Family Educational Scholarship 

Portage Health Foundation (PHF) has established the McIntyre Family Educational Scholarship award. PHF will award a $2,000 scholarship to two (2) graduating seniors from Ontonagon High School. The scholarship is a one-time award. PHF’s intention is that recipients use the scholarship to help pay for education costs at a post-secondary school of their choosing. The successful recipient will meet the below-referenced criteria and submit their application to PHF Grants Management Committee who will anonymously review the finalist applications to make an award decision.

Download Application (PDF) - Deadline is April 20, 2021


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Previous Scholarship Opportunities

James Bogan Health Administration Scholarship

PHF offers a health administration scholarship for residents in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties. PHF offers one $5,000.00 scholarship to be paid (per scholarship agreement) upon award each year. It is the intention of the PHF that the awarding of this scholarship will assist the individual student with the financial costs and burden associated with pursuing Master’s level program that will help advance their careers in the healthcare sector.

  • The application deadline for 2020 has passed.

Undergraduate Scholarships at FinnU, GCC, MTU and NMU

PHF offers $30,000 in health-science scholarships to local students who attend Finlandia University, Gogebic Community College or Northern Michigan University. $10,000 per school. Students who are eligible for consideration shall originate from Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw or Ontonagon counties, seek a degree in the health sciences, demonstrate financial need, maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and be enrolled fulltime.

School administrators will review applications and make recipient selections for their respective students. Students should contact their school’s financial aid office for more information. Non-traditional students are encouraged to apply. Many additional opportunities at Michigan Technological University are also available, especially for those from our four-county community. If a student is interested in these scholarships and is attending, or plans to attend, one of those four schools, they are urged to contact the financial aid office at those schools.

Scholarships for Local Graduating High School Seniors

PHF offers scholarships for graduating seniors from the following area schools: Baraga, Calumet, Chassell, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, Ewen-Trout Creek, Hancock, Horizons, Houghton, Jeffers, L’Anse, Lake Linden-Hubbell, and Ontonagon. PHF awards three $1,000 scholarship to students from each of these schools in the spring, as well as other scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors. Below are brief descriptions of each of them, with links to the applications where all of the details can be found. The scholarships are a one-time award. PHF’s intention is that recipients use the scholarship to help pay for education costs at a post-secondary school of their choosing.

Questions? Reach call (906) 523-5920 or email info@phfgive.org.

Health Careers Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • The student must graduate during the 2020-2021 academic year; 
  • The student must have at least a 2.5 GPA; 
  • The student must demonstrate current interest in health-related fields of study or be active or demonstrate past activity in HOSA-Future Health Professionals; 
  • The student must be accepted for admission to a post-secondary institution (proof of acceptance must be shown, however, if the student has not received notification of acceptance, they must attach evidence that they have applied to a school and indicate when they anticipate receiving notification from that school); 
  • The student must be intending to seek a post-secondary degree or certification in a health-related field of study; 
  • The student must be intending to be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits) 
  • The student must demonstrate engagement in school and/or community activities; and 
  • The student must write a cover letter and accompanying essay in support of their application. 

Deadline for 2021 has passed.

General Scholarship

 Eligibility Criteria: 

  • The student must graduate during the 2020-2021 academic year; 
  • The student must have at least a 2.5 GPA; 
  • The student must be accepted for admission to a post-secondary institution (proof of acceptance must be shown, however, if the student has not received notification of acceptance, they must attach evidence that they have applied to a school and submit proof of acceptance when they receive it); 
  • The student must be intending to seek a post-secondary degree or certification; 
  • The student must be intending to be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits); 
  • The student must demonstrate engagement in school and/or community activities; and 
  • The student must write a cover letter and accompanying essay in support of their application. 

Deadline for 2021 has passed.

PHF/KEDA Career and Technical Education Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by a partnership between Portage Health Foundation (PHF) and Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA).

 Eligibility Criteria: 

  • The student must graduate during the 2020-2021 academic year;
  • The student must have at least a 2.0 GPA;
  • The student must be accepted for admission to a post-secondary institution (proof of acceptance must be shown, however, if the student has not received notification of acceptance, they must attach evidence that they have applied to a school and indicate when they anticipate receiving notification from that school);
  • The student must be intending to be enrolled in a certificate program or an associate’s degree in a skilled trades or career technical education program;
  • The student must be intending to be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits); 
  • The student must demonstrate engagement in school and/or community activities; and
  • The student must write a cover letter and accompanying essay in support of their application. 

Deadline for 2021 has passed.

Non-Traditional Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • The student must be at least one year post high school commencement or have completed their G.E.D.; 
  • The student must have at least a 2.5 GPA or be accepted in good standing to a college or university; 
  • The student must be accepted for admission to a post-secondary institution (proof of acceptance must be shown, however, if the student has not received notification of acceptance, they must attach evidence that they have applied to a school and submit proof of acceptance when they receive it); 
  • The student must be intending to seek a post-secondary degree or certification; 
  • The student must be intending to be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits), or award will be prorated based on credit hours; and 
  • The student must write a cover letter and accompanying essay in support of their application. 

Deadline for 2021 has passed.

Joseph B. Kirkish, Ph.D., Congregational Educational Scholarship

Portage Health Foundation (PHF) has established the Joseph B. Kirkish, Ph.D., Congregational Educational Scholarship award. PHF will award one $5,000 scholarship to an eligible graduating senior from each of the following area schools: Baraga, Calumet, Chassell, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, Ewen-Trout Creek, Hancock, Horizons, Houghton, Jeffers, L’Anse, Lake Linden-Hubbell, and Ontonagon. The scholarship is a one-time award. PHF’s intention is that recipient use the scholarship to help pay for education costs at a post-secondary school of their choosing. At the donor’s request, the student must be a congregation member of St. Ignatius Loyola and/or St. Albert the Great Churches, letter of recommendation from the parish clergy needs to be included with application. 

Deadline for 2021 has passed.

Joseph B. Kirkish, Ph.D. Educational Scholarship

The Portage Health Foundation (PHF) has established the Joseph B. Kirkish, Ph.D., Educational Scholarship award. PHF will award a $5,000 scholarship to two graduating seniors from each of the following area schools: Baraga, Calumet, Chassell, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, Ewen-Trout Creek, Hancock, Horizons, Houghton, Jeffers, L’Anse, Lake Linden-Hubbell, and Ontonagon. The scholarship is a one-time award. PHF’s intention is that recipient use the scholarship to help pay for education costs at a post-secondary school of their choosing. 

Deadline for 2021 has passed.

Other Scholarships

Joseph B. Kirkish, Ph.D., Phi Kappa Tau Educational Scholarship

The Portage Health Foundation (PHF) has established the Joseph B. Kirkish, Ph.D. Phi Kappa Tau Educational Scholarship award for eligible Brothers of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, Houghton, Michigan / Michigan Technological University Chapter. PHF will award one $5,000 scholarship to a member of the fraternity. The scholarship is a one-time award. PHF’s intention is that recipients use the scholarship to help pay for education costs at Michigan Technological University. Full requirements are available in on the PDF application below.

Deadline for 2021 has passed.

Partnership Opportunities

If you are an educational institution interested in creating a scholarship program with us or an individual interested in becoming a scholarship donor, please contact the PHF office at (906) 523-5920 or info@phfgive.com. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have and explore partnership opportunities with you.