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.

View the applicant instructional guide before beginning the application process and for assistance as you go.
Questions? Contact Emily Hincher at [email protected].

2022 PA Student Scholarship Program – NOW CLOSED

The Foundation will offer one application cycle in 2022.

Opens: March 1
Deadline: May 31


2022 Cycle

Opens March 1; closed May 31 (NOW CLOSED)

  • PA Foundation Scholarship
    26 awards @ $1,000 each
    Open to applicants who meet the general eligibility criteria listed above.
    NOTE: Applicants must complete the PA Foundation Scholarship application in order to apply for any of the scholarships listed below.
  • AAPA Past Presidents Scholarship
    6 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/Ron Nelson Memorial Rural Scholarship
    1 of each award @ $2,000 each

    Awarded to students from a rural area who are committed to serving a rural community.
  • NCCPA Endowed Scholarship
    4 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
    2 awards @ $2,500 each
    Aims to benefit PA students who are dedicated to promoting accessible primary and preventive healthcare amongst underserved populations.
  • Joyce Nichols Memorial Scholarship
    8 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.


The application process is hosted through an online platform called Wizehive. Applicants will first create a Wizehive account and then access the application form and complete the process within the Wizehive platform.

View the applicant instructional guide for assistance with the application process.

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

2022 PA Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 52 PA students awarded scholarships through the 2022 application cycle.

View Recipients