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Applications now open for 2018-19 Portage Health Foundation Scholarship

March 16, 2018

The annual Portage Health Foundation Scholarship opportunity for Finlandia University students studying healthcare and coming from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties is now accepting applications.

Portage Health Foundation Logo“Partnerships like this are part of what makes the Copper Country such an incredible place to live, learn and grow up in,” said Sandra Turnquist, Director of Student Financial Services, and herself a graduate of Calumet High School. “We will have at least two open scholarships in this program, which is unique in that it can be awarded to the same person for up to four years.”

The application deadline is April 30, 2018. This scholarship is open to returning and incoming FinnU students.

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Portage Health Foundation Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  • Origin of residence is from Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, or Ontonagon counties of Michigan (a student who graduated from Hancock Central High School is not eligible for the Portage Health Foundation scholarship at this time)
  • Seek a degree in the health professions, which includes Nursing (BSN), Physical Therapist Assistant, Certified Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding Specialist, and Healthcare Management
  • Demonstrate extreme financial need as verified by the Financial Aid Office
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Enrolled fulltime
  • Attend two Portage Health Foundation community service events during each academic calendar year while recipient of the award
  • Submit a follow-up narrative report during the spring semester each year while recipient of the award where the student reflects on their career plans
  • Submit a personal thank you letter to the Portage Health Foundation’s Executive Director and Board for funding the scholarship.

About Portage Health Foundation

The Portage Health Foundation is a non-profit charitable foundation serving Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Located in Hancock, the Foundation receives and contributes charitable donations to support the health needs of the community through enhanced philanthropy and community collaboration.

One of the Foundation’s missions is to be a catalyst in promoting and improving the overall health of our communities through health education and research.  Reinvesting money through educational scholarships is one way the Foundation believes it can positively affect the health of the region and its residents.

With an ever-increasing aging population, the Foundation recognizes the demand for more healthcare workers to provide quality access to care in order to meet the healthcare needs of rural communities.

Through health-oriented scholarships, the Foundation is eager to support more opportunities for students from the western U.P. to study the health sciences.  Additionally, the Foundation hopes that someday those students will remain in or return to the Upper Peninsula as professionals and become partners in creating a healthier community.

Learn more at phfgive.org.

Eligible Healthcare Programs at Finlandia University

Finlandia University offers six programs specifically focused in the healthcare field, including five in the College of Health Sciences and one in the International School of Business.


The Finlandia University nursing program’s mission is to prepare professional nurses dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual awareness, and the practice of nursing. The B.S.N. program provides students with educational opportunities in a high-quality learning environment that leads to the preparation of competent, caring nursing professionals. The integration of learning with faith and values promotes the students’ intellectual growth and personal development. Learn more on the nursing page on Finlandia’s website.

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

The goal of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Finlandia University is to enable the graduate to function effectively as a physical therapist assistant in any practice setting. This is achieved through professional education and training using sequential instruction, practical clinical experiences, and development of leadership skills. Emphasized throughout the student experience are problem solving skills, scientific inquiry, ethics, teamwork, and examination of the roles of the physical therapist and the Physical Therapist Assistant and the boundaries between them. Learn more on the PTA page on Finlandia’s website.

Medical Billing & Coding

The goal of the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist (MBC) program is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record as well as extensive training in anatomy, physiology, the disease processes, and medical terminology. This program will provide the student with the knowledge and understanding to analyze medical records and assign codes to classify diagnoses and procedures while applying the principles of professional and ethical conduct. The program will prepare the student for an entry-level position as a medical coder in a hospital, clinic, physician’s office, or other healthcare facility. Learn more on the Medical Billing & Coding page on Finlandia’s website.

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

The primary goal of the Medical Assistant degree program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The Certified Medical Assistant program prepares students to assist health care providers in settings including private practice, hospitals, community clinics, and free-standing emergency and surgery centers. Learn more on the CMA page on Finlandia’s website.

Healthcare Management

Finlandia’s Healthcare Management degree is for those who wish to pursue a career on the business side of the healthcare field. Typical careers include healthcare office or clinic management and human resources management. In addition to the General Education core courses required for all Finlandia students and the Business Administration core completed by all BBA students, the Healthcare Management major takes courses tailored for healthcare management professionals, such as epidemiology in healthcare, healthcare and ethics, healthcare delivery, healthcare finance, and healthcare information systems. Learn more on the Healthcare Management page on Finlandia’s website.

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