William H. Marquardt Community Health Access Fellowship

The William H. Marquardt Community Health Access Fellowship aims to benefit PAs serving in mentoring and/or precepting roles who are dedicated to promoting accessible primary and preventive healthcare amongst underserved populations.

Self-nominations as well as nominations by individuals seeking to honor/recognize preceptors/mentors are accepted.

Two fellowship awards in the amount of $2,500 will be distributed.

Thank you to Bill Marquardt for his generous support to make this fellowship possible and his dedication to the PA Foundation.

Bill served as president of AAPA from 1992-1993 and also actively served the PA Foundation in various roles, including as chair of the scholarship committee.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Member in good standing of AAPA
  • Employment history reflects a strong focus in primary care
  • Demonstrates strong history of participation in community health initiatives
  • Demonstrates experience of collaborative work with other healthcare providers


The application form will include the following sections/required components:

  • General information
  • Community health and collaborative service activities (volunteer or through employment)
  • Essay describing your experiences and interest in community health initiatives and primary care medicine
  • CV

Fellowship Amount: $2,500 (2 awards available)

2020 Application Cycle

The 2020 application cycle will open on August 17, 2020.

Deadline: September 11, 2020

View the 2020 William H. Marquardt Community Health Access Fellowship requirements document.

Questions? Please contact Caroline Pierce at [email protected].

Fellowship Recipients

2019 – Amanda Roy, PA-C

Amanda Roy, PA-C, practices at Asher Community Health in Fossil, OR. As a National Health Corp Scholar (NHCS) during her PA education, Amanda spent the majority of her rotations in rural and underserved locations, and chose to continuing practicing in a rural frontier community after completing her NHSC requirements. She has developed and led several community health initiatives and health fairs, including a diabetes fair and children’s health fair. Amanda serves as a preceptor for Pacific University School of PA Studies, where she teaches on the rural healthcare track and mentors at least five students each year. She integrates the students into her primary care clinic and community initiatives, promoting passion for rural primary care and underserved medicine.

2019 – James “Rick” Kilgore, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA

Rick Kilgore, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, practices as a volunteer provider at the Community of Hope Health Clinic in Pelham, AL, serving uninsured patients with limited access to healthcare. He retired as program director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham PA Program, and is the founding director of the Firehouse Shelter Interprofessional Medical Screening Clinic, a student-led clinic to address healthcare screening, health education, and treatment referrals at a shelter for homeless men. Since 2014, he has supervised the clinical rotation of hundreds of PA students, and is now working to develop rotations that give students an opportunity to provide care to uninsured, non-English speaking patients and develop their skills in patient communication and education.

Read More

AAPA News Central – “Two Fellowship Awards Available for Preceptors Serving Underserved Populations”