Educational Scholarships

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 obtain degrees in the health sciences. 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.

High School Scholarships

PHF offers $5,500 in scholarships for graduating seniors from the following schools: Baraga Area High School, Calumet High School, Chassell High School, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City High School, Ewen Trout Creek High School, Hancock Central High School, Houghton High School, Jeffers High School, L’Anse High School, Lake Linden-Hubbell High School, and Ontonagon Area Junior/Senior High School. PHF awards one (1) $500 scholarship to a student from each of these schools in the spring.

Eligible students shall be seniors graduating during the current academic year (5th year seniors, such as students in the Early College program, are eligible to apply); maintain at least a 2.5 GPA; demonstrate current interest in a health-related field of study or be active (or demonstrate past activity) in HOSA-Future Health Professionals; be accepted for admission to a post-secondary institution; intend to seek a post-secondary degree or certification in a health-related field of study; demonstrate engagement in school and/or community activities; and write a cover letter and accompanying essay in support of their application. For more information, students should contact their school counselor(s) or principal. A copy of the application may be downloaded HERE.

Undergraduate Scholarships

PHF offers $40,000 in health-science scholarships to local students who attend Finlandia University, Gogebic Community College, Michigan Technological University, or Northern Michigan University.

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. Undergraduates should contact their school’s financial aid office for more information. Non-traditional students are encouraged to apply.

Medical School Scholarships

PHF offers a medical school scholarship program through Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine (MSU/CHM). While the scholarship program is open to all incoming and current medical school students from Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties, school administrators give scholarship preference to students admitted to MSU/CHM through the Early Assurance Program.

MSU/CHM specifically designed the Early Assurance Program for students who plan to become physicians intending to work with underserved populations or in underserved regions. Undergraduates apply during their junior year to the program, which is available to students at partnering colleges and universities throughout Michigan. In the UP, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, Lake Superior State University, and Bay College participate in the program.

PHF offers $10,000 in scholarships to entering or currently enrolled MSU/CHM medical students. Eligible students must have strong demonstrated ties to Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, or Ontonagon counties and demonstrate financial need. MSU/CHM administrators will identify potential candidates and make award selections. For more information, please contact MSU/CHM’s Office of Student Affairs and Services.

James Bogan Health Administration Scholarship

PHF offers a health administration scholarship for residents in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties. PHF offer one (1) $5,000.00 scholarships 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.

See announcement and application for eligibility and requirements.

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 (906-523-5920 or We are always happy to answer any questions you may have and explore partnership opportunities with you.



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