Congratulations Kaila Hunt

Mat-Su Sertoma Club is pleased to announce they have awarded a scholarship to Kaila Hunt to travel overseas on an exchange program to assist in developing her career in the health industry.  This is the second year Sertoma has provided funds for international learning to Alaskans.

Jim Vrooman was a Mat Su Sertoma Club member who exemplified volunteerism and grace.  In addition to authoring “The Times of My Life” he also served on the Wasilla Area Senior Center board of directors.  In honor of his example and leadership within the community, the Mat Su Sertoma Club wanted him to be remembered in perpetuity through this annual grant.

Kaila currently works at Algone Pain Clinic as a Medical Assistant. Her wish is to obtain her Registered Nurse degree and work with rural communities.  Her adopted brother was diagnosed with a hearing loss which sparked her interest in the deaf and hard of hearing community.  She has learned and is maintaining her American Sign Language skills.

She will be using the funds to travel to Africia.  Kaila’s grandmother volunteered as an R.N. in Africa many years ago and it’s her dream to walk in her grandmother’s footsteps.  She has volunteered at countless programs in Alaska, including the Veterans Administration.


Summer Camp Scholarship

Mat-Su Sertoma Club is pleased to announce they are offering one full scholarship to attend a 2018 Summer Camp that provides programs to deaf or hard of hearing youth.

The Summer Camp Scholarship is for any Alaskan deaf or hard of hearing student, ages 13 to 18.  The successful winner and Sertoma will determine the location.  The Club covers the cost of the camp session and airfare. Alyssa Akers, the 2017 summer camp winner, traveled to Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and participated in “Discover Your Future” program with an added bonus of a trip to Six Flags!

To be eligible for this scholarship, a deaf or hard of hearing student must submit an essay of 500 words or less on the topic – “What is important about your identity as a deaf or hard of hearing person in a diverse world?”

Essays are due by November 10, 2017 and should be mailed to the Mat Su Sertoma Club, 189 East Nelson Avenue #109, Wasilla, AK 99654.  The successful winner will be announced by Thanksgiving.