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
  • 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

2019 PA Student Scholarship Cycle

The 2019 scholarship application period is closed.

2020 PA Student Scholarship Cycles

The Foundation will offer two application cycles in 2020. Applicants may only apply during one cycle, based on the month in which they will graduate from PA school (any year).

Cycle 1 – Opens January 2020 – for applicants with graduation month January-June
Cycle 2 – Opens June 2020 – for applicants with graduation month July-December

The following scholarships were offered in the 2019 cycle:

  • PA Foundation Scholarship – 15 @ $1,000 each
    Open to applicants who meet the general eligibility criteria listed above.
  • AAPA Past Presidents Scholarship – 2 @ $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 (2) and Ron Nelson Memorial Scholarship (1) – $2,000 each
    Awarded to students from a rural area who are committed to serving a rural community.
  • NCCPA Endowed Scholarship – 3 @ $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 @ $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 @ $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 @ $2,500 each
    Aims to benefit PA students who are dedicated to promoting accessible primary and preventive health care amongst underserved populations.

PLEASE NOTE:

Each scholarship award will have its own application link. You must click on the link under each scholarship name/description in order to apply for that award.

You will be prompted to create an account when you begin your first application, and will sign into that same account when completing the others; however, you still must click on each individual application link to apply for each award. The general information you provide in the first application will automatically carry over into subsequent applications, and you will only have to complete any additional award-specific questions.

View the applicant instructional guide here.

Questions? Contact Caroline Pierce at cpierce@aapa.org or 571-319-4510.


2019 PA Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 27 PA students who were awarded scholarships during the 2019 application cycle.

View them >>


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