PA Student Scholarships

Over the years, the PA Foundation has awarded more than $2.25 million in scholarships to PA students, benefitting more than 1,400 future PAs. Scholarships are awarded based on the availability of funds provided through contributions from AAPA members, other individuals, and corporate partners.

Eligibility Requirements

Scholarship applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a student member of AAPA
  • Attend an ARC-PA-accredited PA program
  • Have successfully completed at least one term of PA studies (semester or quarter) and be in good academic standing
  • Be enrolled in PA school at the time the application period closes (May 31, 2017)

2018 PA Student Scholarship Cycle

The 2018 scholarship cycle will open on March 1 and close on May 31. The link to the application form will be posted on this page beginning March 1.

The following scholarships were offered through the 2017 cycle:

  • PA Foundation Scholarship – 9 to be awarded @ $1,000 each
    Open to all applicants who meet the general eligibility criteria listed above.
  • AAPA Past Presidents Scholarship – 1 to be awarded @ $1,000
    Awarded to students who demonstrate service leadership through their PA program or through a community health organization/project.
  • NCCPA Endowed Scholarship – 2 to be awarded @ $2,000 each
    Awarded to underrepresented minority students and/or those who are economically and/or educationally disadvantaged (see definitions of these criteria here).
  • AAPA Rural Health Caucus Scholarship and Ron Nelson Memorial Scholarship – 3 to be awarded @ $2,000 each
    Awarded to students from a rural area who are committed to serving a rural community.
  • Ron Pace Memorial Scholarship – 1 to be awarded @ $1,000
    Awarded to a Florida-based student who is a veteran or the child/dependent of a veteran. Named in memory of Ron Pace, a Florida Academy of Physician Assistants past president and AAPA Outstanding PA of the Year Award recipient, who served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years.

View the applicant instructional guide here.

Questions? Contact Caroline Pierce at or 571-319-4510.

2017 PA Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 18 PA students who were awarded scholarships during the 2017 application cycle.