PA Student Scholarships

Over the years, the PA Foundation has awarded more than $2.3 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 (programs with “Accreditation – Provisional” status qualify)
  • 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 some point during the application cycle

Additional criteria/requirements apply to individual scholarship awards.
We encourage you to apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible for.

2021 PA Student Scholarship Cycles I and II

The Foundation will again offer two application cycles in 2021. Applicants may only apply during one cycle.

NEW IN 2021: Cycle eligibility will be based on applicant birth year (even-numbered vs. odd-numbered). 

Cycle 1

Opened January 11; closed March 12 (11:59 p.m. in your local time zone)
(CLOSED)
For applicants with even-numbered birth years (e.g., 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, etc.)

  • PA Foundation Scholarship
    13* awards @ $1,000 each (*final award # pending)
    Open to applicants who meet the general eligibility criteria listed above.
    NOTE: Applicants must complete the PA Foundation Scholarship application first before moving on to any of the applications below. If you click on one of the links below before completing this application, you will be directed back to this application.
  • AAPA Past Presidents Scholarship
    3 awards @ $1,000 each

    Awarded to students who demonstrate service leadership through their PA program or through a community health organization/project.
  • AAPA Rural Health Caucus Scholarship
    1 award @ $2,000

    Awarded to students from a rural area who are committed to serving a rural community.
  • NCCPA Endowed Scholarship
    2 awards @ $2,000 each
    Awarded to students who identify as an underrepresented minority and/or economically disadvantaged and/or educationally disadvantaged, based on the definitions provided here.
  • Ron Pace Memorial Scholarship
    1 award @ $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.
  • Timi Agar Barwick Scholarship for Humanism in Medicine
    1 award @ $1,000

    Awarded to students who identify as an underrepresented minority and/or economically disadvantaged and/or educationally disadvantaged, based on the definitions provided here.
  • William H. Marquardt Community Health Access Scholarship
    1 award @ $2,500
    Aims to benefit PA students who are dedicated to promoting accessible primary and preventive healthcare amongst underserved populations.
  • Joyce Nichols Memorial Scholarship
    4 awards @ $1,000 each

    Awarded to Black PA students. Honors the legacy of PA Joyce Nichols, who overcame much adversity to become the first Black woman to be formally educated as and practice as a PA. She was the first person of color to serve on the AAPA Board of Directors. PA Nichols advocated for and established the AAPA Minority Affairs Committee and served as its first chair.
Cycle 2 – NOW OPEN

Opens June 14 (NOW OPEN); closes August 13
For applicants with odd-numbered birth years (e.g., 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, etc.)

PA Foundation Scholarship
14 awards @ $1,000 each

Open to applicants who meet the general eligibility criteria listed above.

NOTE: Applicants must complete the PA Foundation Scholarship application first before moving on to any of the applications below. If you click on one of the links below before completing this application, you will be directed back to this application.
Apply
AAPA Past Presidents Scholarship
3 awards @ $1,000 each

Awarded to students who demonstrate service leadership through their PA program or through a community health organization/project.
Apply
Ron Nelson Memorial Scholarship
1 award @ $2,000

Awarded to students from a rural area who are committed to serving a rural community.
Apply
NCCPA Endowed Scholarship
2 awards @ $2,000 each
Awarded to students who identify as an underrepresented minority and/or economically disadvantaged and/or educationally disadvantaged, based on the definitions provided here.
Apply
Ron Pace Memorial Scholarship
1 award @ $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.
Apply
William H. Marquardt Community Health Access Scholarship
1 award @ $2,500

Aims to benefit PA students who are dedicated to promoting accessible primary and preventive healthcare amongst underserved populations.
Apply
Joyce Nichols Memorial Scholarship
4 awards @ $1,000 each

Awarded to Black PA students.
Honors the legacy of PA Joyce Nichols, who overcame much adversity to become the first Black woman to be formally educated as and practice as a PA.
She was the first person of color to serve on the AAPA Board of Directors. PA Nichols advocated for and established the AAPA Minority Affairs Committee and served as its first chair.
Apply

TO APPLY:

Click on the link listed under each scholarship to complete an application in the online Kaleidoscope platform.

View our cycle 2 applicant instructional guide for assistance with the application process.

Deadline for cycle 2 2021: August 13 (11:59 p.m. in your local time zone)

Questions about the scholarship program? Contact Emily Hincher at [email protected] or 571-319-4415.
Questions about the online application process? Contact Kaleidoscope support at [email protected]

2021 PA Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Cycle 1

Congratulations to the 26 PA students who were awarded scholarships during the first 2021 application cycle.

View Recipients