The Prentiss L. Harrison Memorial/African Heritage PA Caucus Scholarship is awarded to a student member of the African Heritage PA Caucus (AHPAC). This scholarship was created to provide financial assistance to AHPAC student members who are considered an under-represented minority within the PA profession and/or considered an economically disadvantaged individual. It is named in memory of Prentiss L. Harrison, the nation’s first African-American Physician Assistant and one of the Founding Members of the African Heritage PA Caucus. Mr. Harrison was a graduate of the Duke PA Program in 1968. He later became a PA educator and owned a clinic in Houston, Texas. In 2009, PA Harrison was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Duke PA Program for his countless contributions to the PA Profession, PA students and for his strong passion for providing health care to the medically underserved. Mr. Harrison passed away on December 11, 2018, and as a result, this AHPAC Scholarship has been renamed to honor his memory.
Prentiss L. Harrison Memorial/African Heritage PA Caucus Scholarship
Eligibility Criteria and Requirements:
- PA student currently enrolled in an accredited PA Program
- Must have successfully completed one term (semester or quarter) of PA studies
- Must be in good academic standing in your PA Program
- Must be a member of the African Heritage PA Caucus (may pay dues at time of application submission)
- Must submit current transcripts with application
- Applicants must obtain 2 letters of reference, one of which must be from your preceptor, clinical instructor or program director
- Maximum 1,000-word essay on one of the listed topics (please include as an attachment with supporting documentation)
The scholarship ranges have historically been between $500-$1,500 per student.
The 2023 cycle closed on February 28. Future cycle deadlines will be posted once available.
Visit the African Heritage PA Caucus website.
Please contact the African Heritage PA Caucus at [email protected].