The Prentiss L. Harrison Memorial/African Heritage PA 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.
Eligibility Criteria and Requirements:
- PA student currently enrolled in an accredited Physician Assistant 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 1000-word essay on one of the listed topics (please include as an attachment with supporting documentation)
Scholarship(s) ranges between $500-$1,500 per student.
January 31, 2020
Complete the application packet as directed and submit via email: [email protected].
Please contact the African Heritage PA Caucus at: [email protected].