Academic merit scholarship
For entering first year students, scholarships will be distributed based on academic record and professional promise. No application is necessary for this scholarship.
This fund was established to honor the memory of John Buckner, PA ’83, through an award to a deserving 2nd year student who demonstrates leadership, academic excellence and a compassionate, caring attitude toward patients and fellow students.
This minority scholarship program is for individuals who identify as African American, Hispanic American, or Native American. All awardees must be high academic achievers. The goal of diversity at DMU is to create a campus environment that encourages an appreciation for the cultural differences that exist in the student body and attracts students of all backgrounds to be part of DMU and the greater Des Moines community. No application is necessary.
Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants scholarship (AFPPA)
The Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants offers scholarship awards to first and second year Physician Assistant Students. Scholarships to first year students are $1000 and scholarships to second year students are $1500. Awards are made to those who are student members of the AFPPA, demonstrate a special interest in primary care medicine, and are in good academic standing. Visit www.afppa.org for more information.
The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions
The ASAHP offers two scholarship programs for students enrolled in an accredited allied health program. One program is called the Secretary’s Award and the second is called the Scholarship of Excellence Award. For more information visit www.asahp.org.
Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) Military Scholarship
Provided by the Navy. Apply directly to the Navy through a military recruiter. Each scholarship provides the costs of tuition, required fees, health insurance, required books and equipment and a monthly living allowance. After completion of your residency, you must repay one year of military service for each year of scholarship.
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Indian Health Service scholarship (IHS)
The Indian Health Service scholarship program provides financial assistance for American Indian and Alaskan Native (federally recognized only) students enrolled in health professions and allied health professions programs. For this program, there are service obligations and pay-back requirements that the recipient incurs upon acceptance of the scholarship funding. Visit www.ihs.gov for application and more information.
National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
Provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Each scholarship provides the costs of tuition, required fees, health insurance, required books and equipment, and a monthly living allowance. You must repay one year of service for each year of scholarship. Visit http://nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov for information.
Physician Assistants for Latino Health (PALH)
The Physician Assistants for Latino Health (PALH), a caucus of the AAPA, offers a $500.00 scholarship to currently enrolled physician assistant students. The following are the scholarship criteria:
- Membership in PALH and AAPA;
- Leadership in the Latino community or have interest in Latino health issues (applicant does not need to be of Latino descent to apply for scholarship)
- Student in good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (unofficial transcripts should be sent with application)
- Letter of recommendation from an instructor or preceptor, and
- Statement of purpose as to why the student should be considered for a scholarship
Physician Assistant Foundation scholarship
The Physician Assistant Foundation has awarded more than 750 scholarships totaling more than $1,000,000 to deserving PA students. Any student member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants who is attending an ARC-PA-accredited PA program and is in the professional phase of his or her program is eligible to apply. Visit www.aapa.org for more information.
Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery Susan Lindahl scholarship
The establishment of this Memorial Scholarship fund was to cultivate and attract young physician assistant students into the field of orthopedics. For more information visit paos.org/pascholarship.html.
Society of Army Physicians scholarship
This scholarship honors the memory of Captain Sean P. Grimes, a physician assistant who was killed in action while serving as the battalion physician assistant in Korea. Applications and details about the scholarship and Captain Grime’s life can be found on the SAPA Web site at sapa.org/SeanScholarshipPage.htm
The Tylenol scholarship fund
Awards $250,000 in scholarships to students in the field of health care. There are 150 $1,000 scholarships up for grabs as well as 20 $5,000 awards. For more information visit tylenol.com.
Rural Medicine Educational Pathways Scholarship (RMEP)
Des Moines University and its Area Health Education Center program are proactively addressing critical shortages of health care providers and practitioners in Iowa’s rural communities through the creation of the Rural Medicine Educational Pathway (RMEP). The RMEP program provides specialized education, training and tools to better prepare students for service in rural, underserved areas of Iowa.
Loan repayment programs
Health Care Professional Recruitment Program (HPRP)
Up to $100,000 of student debt reduction in return for four years of practice in an Iowa shortage area or medically underserved community. Learn more about this program.
Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program (IHS)
Provided by the Indian Health Service. Contracts with health professionals to provide health care services at an Indian health program site. Student loan debt is reduced by up to $20,000 for each year of service. Learn more about this program.
National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program (NHSC)
Provided by the U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Contracts with health professionals to provide health care services at a NHSC-approved site. Available to D.O. and PA graduates. Student loan debt is reduced by up to $60,000 for a two-year service commitment. Learn more about this program.