Prestigious Scholarships

Nursing & Physician Assistant Studies

Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies

PA Foundation
Over the years, the PA Foundation has awarded more than $2.3 million in scholarships to physician assistant 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 corporate partners. Scholarship applicants must meet all of the following criteria: applicant must be a student member of AAPA; attend an ARC-PA-accredited PA program; have successfully completed at least one term of PA studies (semester or quarter) and be in good academic standing; be enrolled in PA school at the time the application period closes.
Application deadlines: January and June

AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship Fund
The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship Fund supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Special consideration will be given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; students completing an RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated program. One scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded each quarter.
Application deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing Scholarships - Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship
Two $5,000 scholarships will be distributed to top nursing school applicants four times each year.
Application deadlines: January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing Scholarships - CastleBranch-GNSA Scholarship
Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded each semester for a total of four scholarships per academic year. This scholarship recognizes the outstanding work of graduate nursing students who are advancing the nursing profession through a commitment to innovation, leadership, and/or mentoring.
Application deadlines: September 30 and December 30

AmSECT-American Society of Extacorporeal Technology - Scientific Presentation Award
This award will be presented to a student who has presented an outstanding scientific paper at the International Conference. The award consists of a prize of $1,000.
Conference attendance: March
Application deadline: December
School Advisor: Edward Delaney

AmSECT-American Society of Extacorporeal Technology - The Ed Ristaino Memorial Scholarship Award
Sponsored by the North Carolina Society of Perfusion, this award is presented to the student with the second-highest score for an oral presentation. The award consists of a prize of $500 and the opportunity to present at the North Carolina Society of Perfusion Annual Meeting.
Application deadline: December
School Advisor: Edward Delaney

AmSECT-American Society of Extacorporeal Technology - Student Travel Scholarship Award
This year, AmSECT is pleased to announce the Student Travel Scholarship Award. This award will be presented to the most outstanding student-authored abstract submitted to AmSECT. The award will be selected during the abstract review process and the winner will be notified prior to the conference. The winner will be required to present their abstract as an oral abstract presentation at the meeting. This one-time award is generously provided by an anonymous AmSECT member and consists of a monetary prize of $1,000 to be used to cover travel expenses to the 58th International Meeting.
Application deadline: December
School Advisor: Edward Delaney

Lawrence Award
The American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion created the Lawrence Scientific Presentation Award in honor of Earl and Judi Lawrence for their many years of hard work for the Academy. This $500 award is given to the best student paper presented at the annual seminar. Prospective candidates for this award must be students enrolled in an accredited perfusion training program.
Application deadline: October
School Advisor: Edward Delaney

National Hispanic Health Foundation’s (NHHF) Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship
In 2004, NHHF established the National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship program and its first Gala in New York City for medical, nursing, dental, public health, and pharmacy and health policy students with outstanding academic records, leadership, and who are committed to serving Hispanics. NHHF awards scholarships to medical, dental, health policy, pharmacy, public health, physician assistant, and nursing (including BSN) students. Students can visit for the application and FAQ.

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program
Students pursuing a career in primary health care are eligible to receive funding for their education in exchange for practicing in rural, urban, and tribal communities with limited access to care, upon graduation and licensure. Students must be enrolled or accepted in the following primary health care disciplines in an eligible degree program in a U.S. state or territory: Primary Care Physician (MD or DO), Dentist (DDS or DMD), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), Physician Assistant (PA). NHSC Scholars must practice at an NHSC-approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) with a minimum score that is determined annually. Service requirement is for a maximum of four years. NHSC sites are located in all 50 states, D.C., and U.S. territories and may be a: Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or FQHC look-alike, a rural health clinic, hospital-affiliated primary care outpatient clinic, Indian Health Service, Tribal clinic, and Urban Health Service Corps, Indian Health Clinic (ITU); IHS and some Tribal hospitals, State or Federal correctional facility, private practice (solo/group), other health facilities, community mental health facility, community outpatient facility, critical access hospital, free clinic, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Health Service Corps, mobile unit, school-based health program, state and county department of health clinics.
Application deadline: May

New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA)
NYSSPA annually awards a select number of $1,000 scholarships to PA student members. In addition, scholarship recipients receive complimentary registration to the Fall CME Conference where they are recognized at the Clara Vanderbilt Gala Dinner. You must: be a current NYSSPA PA student member; currently be attending an ARC-PA accredited PA program in the state of New York; currently be in the professional phase of a PA program; not have received a NYSSPA scholarship before; not be a NYSSPA board member or committee chair.
Application deadline: September

Uniform Advantage – GNSA Scholarship
The Uniform Advantage-GNSA Scholarship Fund supports students who are seeking a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing and are members of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy. The purpose of this scholarship is to support graduate nursing education and continue to positively impact the future of health care. Two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded, one in the spring and one in the fall.
Application deadlines: January and September

Veteran’s Caucus Scholarships
The AAPA Veterans Caucus scholarships are for physician assistant students currently enrolled in a PA program who are veterans of a military service. That means that you should have a DD 214. Some scholarships in the past have also included dependents of military parents. This can change from year to year depending on the contributor of the scholarship.
Application deadline: April