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PA Student Scholarships

Over the years, the Physician Assistant Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to physician assistant students, benefiting 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 three of the following criteria:

  • Student member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Attend an ARC-PA-accredited PA program
  • Successfully completed at least one semester of PA studies and in good academic standing


Recognizing that a diverse workforce is essential to improving healthcare delivery to underserved populations and reducing health disparities as the PA profession grows, the following scholarships are awarded to underrepresented minority students and those who are economically and/or educationally disadvantaged (see definitions of these criteria here).

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Endowed Scholarship — two $2,500 awards
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Endowed Scholarship — two $2,000 awards
  • Procter & Gamble Endowed Scholarship — two $1,000 awards


In addition, the following special focus scholarships are awarded:

  • AAPA Rural Health Caucus Scholarship — $2,000 award to students from a rural area, who are committed to serving a rural community.
  • Ron Nelson Memorial Scholarship — $2,000 award to students who plan to advance health care delivery in rural areas. Named in memory of Ron Nelson, co-founder of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics.
  • Ron Pace Memorial Scholarship — $1,000 award to Florida-based students who are veterans and in their second year of PA school. 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.
  • Lauren Love Memorial Scholarship — $3,500 award to Arizona-based students who have overcome a challenge to succeed in their college studies (i.e., medical condition, poverty, etc.) Preference is given to female students. Named in memory of Lauren Love, who had planned to become a PA, but died from a blood clotting disorder before beginning PA school.


The 38 PA students who were awarded scholarships during the 2014 application cycle are listed here.

The next scholarship application cycle will be announced after AAPA Conference 2015.

Additional Financial Aid Resources

Information about additional financial aid resources for PA students is available in the Student Academy section of the AAPA website.


Questions? Contact Marylou Forgione at mforgione@aapa.org.