DMU Scholarships

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. Students with renewable scholarships must maintain the specific criteria in their scholarship letter.  If at any point a student fails to maintain eligibility they will no longer receive the scholarship for future years.

Willie Stevenson and Luther T. Glanton Scholarship

Established to recognize the contributions of the late Judge Luther T. Glanton and W. Stevenson Glanton to Des Moines University and the Des Moines community, the Glanton Scholarship assists students with professional and academic promise in attending the university. The Glanton Scholarship requires eligible recipients to demonstrate financial need, which is determined by a valid FAFSA on an annual basis.

Buckner Scholarship

This fund was established to the honor and memory of John Buckner, P.A. '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. It was established through the generosity of Mrs. John Buckner (Jo Ann) and John E. Forette, D.P.M. The award is given to a graduating PA Student who best exemplifies the following characteristics: Interest in family health care, dedication to the whole person, a compassionate, caring attitude in all aspects of patient care, the ability to put the needs of the patient in the center of the health care delivery process, understanding that caring is essential to the art of healing, a strong promise to develop a practice based on patient-centered care.

Outside Scholarships

The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP)

The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions in partnership with CastleBranch sponsors a scholarship program for allied health students enrolled in its member schools.  The purpose of the scholarship program is to recognize outstanding students in the allied health professions who are achieving excellence in their academic programs and have significant potential to assume future leadership roles in the allied health professions. The selected student will receive a $1,000 scholarship.  Starting in 2014, an additional scholarship in the amount of $1,000 and the title of Elwood Scholar is to be awarded to the most outstanding Scholarship of Excellence recipient. For more information visit

Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) Military Scholarship

Provided by the Air Force.  Apply directly to the Air Force 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 program, you must repay one year of military service for each year of scholarship.

Our current Air Force recruiter is:

Jorge A. Nevarez, TSgt, USAF
Officer Accessions Hiring Manager
U.S. Midwest Region
3906 Raynor Parkway, Suite 102
Bellevue, NE 68123
Cell: (402) 200-8669

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 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 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. Students must have membership in PALH and AAPA and show 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).

Physician Assistant Foundation scholarship

Over the years, the Physician Assistant Foundation has awarded more than $1 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 corparte partners.  Any student member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants who is attending an ARC-PA-accredited PA program and has successfully completed at least one semester of PA studies in good academic standing is eligible. Visit for more information.

Susan Landahl Memorial Scholarship - Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery (PAOS)

The Susan Lindahl Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998. Susan, the wife of our founding president Joe Lindahl, passed away following a battle with a brain tumor in 1997. This scholarship fund was established in her honor recognizing the sacrifices Susan and Joe underwent getting the PAOS off the ground and sustaining the organization in the early years.

The establishment of this memorial scholarship fund was to cultivate and attract young physician assistant students into the field of orthopaedics. Initially, one $500 scholarship was awarded to an outstanding second year PA student. This award has grown over the past 15 years, and funds permitting, will continue to award two (2) $2500 scholarships each year.

Each year during the Annual PAOS CME Conference, PAOS will honor each recipient with their scholarship award. The PAOS hopes that this scholarship will attract deserving students who are considering a career in orthopaedics.  Visit PAOS website for more information

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 website here.

The Tylenol scholarship fund

Each year the makers of TYLENOL® award annual scholarships to well deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare. Twenty-three years and over eight million dollars later, we’re proud to continue a tradition that supports those dedicated to a lifetime of caring for others. For more information visit

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.

Health Care Award Program

The Health Care Award Program is a state supported loan repayment program developed to address critical shortages of physician assistants in rural Iowa communities.  It provides loan repayment incentives for physician assistants who agree to practice in rural service commitment areas for 5 years. Learn more about this program.

Primary Care Provider Loan Repayment Program (Primary Care Provider LRP)

The Primary Care Provider Loan Repayment Program (Primary Care Provider LRP) aims to improve access to primary health care among underserved populations by providing assistance with repayment of educational loans to primary care medical, dental, and mental health practitioners. 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 $40,000 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 $50,000 for a two-year service commitment. Learn more about this program.

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