Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant Financial Aid Resources

The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS): USPHS has several programs that offer scholarships, stipends and loan repayment to PA students who commit to varying periods of employment in medically underserved settings. Information on these programs may be obtained by calling (800) 221-9393 or visiting the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) web site.

Indian Health Service (IHS): IHS offers a minimum two-year obligation for two years of financial support. Priority is given to Native American students, but others are encouraged to apply. Contact: IHS scholarship office at (800) 962-2817.

Military Programs

US Air Force: Available to medical school graduates enrolled in Air Force approved medical and specialty programs. Assistance includes full scholarships with living expense stipends and grants of approximately $18,700 for every year of participation. Active duty service obligations vary in length after completion of intern and resident programs. Residencies and fellowships are also available.

US Army Medical Corps: Special Incentive and Pay Programs (scholarships, grants and tuition assistance) available to physicians specializing in qualified programs. Includes programs for active-duty, reservists and those seeking commission in the Medical Corps. active duty service obligations and loan repayment amount vary in length.

US Army Medical Education: Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP): Established to obtain and recruit active duty health professionals in designated health care shortage areas. Available to fully qualified health care professionals, full-time students in final year of a program or trainees in approved specialty graduate programs. Provides $22,000 annually for up to four years to repay qualified health care educational loans. Requires participants to enlist for active duty for up to four years.

US Army National Guard: The Army National Guard will pay up to $10,000 on qualified existing loans. Program does not specify undergraduate, graduate or health related educational loans or active duty service obligations .

US Army Reserve: Program available to commissioned officers in the Medical Corps or Army Nurse Corps. After one year of satisfactory service, members are able to receive up to $3,000 per year in educational loan repayments, not exceeding $20,000.

US Navy: Armed Forces Health Professionals Scholarship Program: Naval scholarship support available to those undergoing training in medical, dentistry, optometry and osteopathy fields. Program includes monthly stipend and financial assistance through annual grants of approximately $21,580. Active duty services obligations vary in length. Links available to programming information for numerous research institute and clerkship opportunities across the country and aboard Naval vessels

Department of Veterans Affairs Health Professionalm Scholarship Program:

Contact (202) 565-7528 for more information concerning this program.

PA Professional Organizations

  • Financial Aid information is also available by writing to the American Academy of Physician Assistants 950 Washington Street Alexandria, VA 22314-1552. Phone 703-836-2272, or visit the American Academy of Physician Assistants web site.
  • The AAPA Physician Assistant Foundation, since 1989, has awarded over $ 1 million to deserving PA students across the country. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and future goals as a PA.

Several caucuses and specialty groups of the American Academy of Physician Assistants offer student scholarships. Below is a partial listing.

AAPA Veterans Caucus Scholarships 

Order of St. Lazarus (Green Cross Project) / Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The Order of St. Lazarus / Green Cross Project award is co-sponsored with the Veterans Caucus. This ancient order is a philanthropic organization that recognized the contributions made by the soldiers during the Crusades. The Green Cross Project was a group of volunteers who went onto the battle field during the Crusades and rendered medical aid to fallen soldiers.

Andrea Long Memorial / Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The Andrea Long Memorial Scholarship was new in 1998. 2 scholarships at $1250 each are made to honor the memory of Andrea Long, the late wife of long-time Veterans Caucus supporter, Jim Long, Captain, USAF, Retired. Andrea Long is remembered as a very gifted teacher, who was dedicated to the Special Education program and all children with Special Educational Needs.

Society of Army Physician Assistants / Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored by the members of the Society of Army PAs through the Veterans Caucus and honors a veteran PA student who served with distinction in the US Army.

Society of Air Force Physician Assistants / Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The scholarship is sponsored by the members of the Society of Air Force PAs through the Veterans Caucus and honors a veteran PA student who served with distinction in the US Air Force.

Naval Association of Physician Assistants / Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored by the members of the Naval Association of PAs through the Veterans Caucus and recognizes the outstanding achievement of a veteran of the US Navy or US Marine Corps enrolled in PA training.

Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial / Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial Award is in honor of the memory of the late wife of RADM / Dr. Ken Moritsugu, whose life was cut short by a tragic auto accident. Donna was a multi-talented women and who Dr. Moritsugu describes as the "wind beneath his wings."

Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The scholarship is provided by the members of the Veterans Caucus and recognizes the achievements of an outstanding veteran of one of the seven branches of the Uniformed Services who is currently enrolled in PA training.

Wyeth Laboratories / Veterans Caucus Scholarship

New in 2001, these awards are sponsored by the Wyeth Laboratories, Federal Government Sales Division, through the Veterans Caucus and recognizes the outstanding contributions made by Physician Assistants to people in need of quality healthcare. It is presented for exemplary academic achievement and dedicated community service to a member or veteran of any Uniformed Service of the United States of America.

Pentagon 9-11 Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship, new in 2002, is sponsored by the members of the Veterans Caucus. It acknowledges the heroism and personal sacrifice of all uniformed service Physician Assistants and is dedicated to the memory of all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

Chan-Padgett Special Forces Memorial / Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship, new in 2002, is sponsored by Ms. Vicki Chan-Padgett and Major John Padgett, USA Special Forces through the Veterans Caucus. It is made in honor of the memory of the sacrifices made by their parents, Ed and Mabel Chan and Larry and Virginia Padgett during WWII.

Veterans Caucus scholarships average $1250.00 per award.

Contact: Veterans Caucus of the AAPA
Sharon Hanley
100 N Academy Ave
Danville, PA 17822-1350
Work: (570) 271-6692
Fax: (570) 271-5850

The African Heritage Caucus offers annual scholarship awards for minority PA students. Those who are members of the African Heritage Caucus and are attending an accredited PA program, in good academic standing may apply for the caucus scholarship. Scholarships are made available through contributions from AHC members and sponsoring individuals. Contact: AHC Scholarship Committee, 950 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Physician Assistants of Latino Heritage: offers annual scholarship awards for PA students of Latino heritage attending an accredited PA program and in good academic standing. Scholarships are made available through contributions from PALH members and sponsoring individuals and organizations. Contact: Physician Assistants of Latino Heritage, Teshia Birts, 950 N Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314-1534 Work: (800) 596-7494, Fax: (703) 684-1924, E-mail:

Association of PAs in CardioVascular Surgery: APACVS awards scholarships in the amount of $1000. Contact: Education and Scholarship Committee, Association of PAs in CardioVascular Surgery c/o Cardiac Surgeons for Northwest Ohio, Inc., 2109 Hughes Drive, Suite 800, Toledo, Ohio 43606.

The Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants Student Scholarship Award: Primary Scholarship Award (a second year PA student) = $1000. Secondary Scholarship Award (a first year PA student) = $500. Contact: Randy L. Orsborn, AFPPA Student Representative, AFPPA Scholarship Award 9 Highland Drive, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050,

The LBGPA Student Leadership Scholarship Grant is to support, encourage, and develop of future leaders for the LBGPA Caucus as well as the AAPA, and to foster involvement and awareness of the Caucus in the AAPA. Two grants of up to $500* will be earmarked for a male and female student's registration fee for the AAPA National Conference for the academic year in which the grant is awarded, and if possible, to help defray additional Conference expenses. Contact: Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay PA Caucus, Inc., Mark Behar, PA-C, 1803 N Warren Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1638, Work: (414) 277-7671, Fax: (414) 933-8298, E-mail:

Physician Assistants for Cross-Cultural Involvement (PAXI) is pleased to support PA students endeavoring to accomplish a PA rotation Internationally/Cross-Culturally with an established scholarship program. The awards are based on scholarship application review and merit. Contact: PAXI Scholarship Committee, c/o Ellen Kuo, PA-C, 6213 Pinehurst Road, Baltimore, MD 21212.

Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA) offers a scholarship to Senior PA Students who are interested in pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine. This year the awards were a single $1,000 and two $500 awards. Contact: Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants, Inc., 950 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314-1552, phone: 703-519-7334, fax: 703-684-1924,


For a Physician Assistant Student Financial Aid Information Booklet, sponsored by the AAPA, write to:
Spec Works
810 S. Bond St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: 1-(800) 708-7581 (8:30 am-6:00 pm EST)
Fax: (410) 558-1410 (24 hours)

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