All students are encouraged to apply for one or more of the following scholarships. Click on the title of each scholarship for more details and eligibility requirements.
Henry and Marsha Laufer Student Scholarships
Henry and Marsh Laufer are two former Stony Brook distinguished faculty from the Department of Mathematics and the (former) School of Allied Health Professions who provide generous philanthropy, leadership, and commitment to many people and campus organizations for over 40 years. The Henry and Marsha Laufer Scholarship is awarded to full-time matriculated students in degree-granting programs in the School of Health Professions. Physician Assistant student scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, community or professional service, and commitment to professional goals. The scholarship application will be provided to students while they are enrolled in the PA program.
Marian I. Eskow Student Scholarship
Marian Eskow has distinguished herself among our graduates through her lifelong commitment to high-quality patient care. First as an RN, then as a PA, and finally her service as a faculty member at the Stony Brook PA Program. Her commitment to the program and profession was further demonstrated through her family's funding of the Marian I. Eskow Student Scholarship, initiated in her honor, by her husband. After graduating from the Stony Brook program in 1981, and practicing in Emergency Medicine and Employee Health Medicine, Marian joined the faculty at Stony Brook and served for 10 years primarily in the role of Director of Clinical Education. Marian was known as a "can-do" person who focused her attention on ensuring that the clinical phase of PA education was of the highest quality, and ensured that our students graduated from the program prepared to practice medicine. Her contribution to the program will be remembered in the minds of the students she served and the faculty she worked with. After leaving the program, Marian and her husband retired to the Palm Beach area where she enjoys a full and relaxing life. The scholarship application will be provided to students each spring.
Guy A. Cassara Memorial Scholarship
Guy Cassara was the consummate health professional and in his career, he practiced as an EMT, Nurse, NP, and PA. He loved medicine and learning and dedicated his professional life to becoming an expert in the care of critically ill and injured people. He volunteered his time as a prehospital care provider and firefighter, community advocate, and member of the Suffolk County Regional Emergency Medical Services Council. What truly mattered to Guy, and what he loved most, were the relationships that he enjoyed with his family and the people he loved, worked with, played with, and served so well. Guy's family and friends have extended this scholarship to inspire the recipient to direct their talents and time to serve with the same competence, zeal, and level of compassion that characterized Guy's practice of medicine. This scholarship application will be provided to students each spring.
The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC SP) awards scholarships to students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training. In return, scholars commit to provide primary care health services in health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). The scholarships provide financial support for full-time enrollment in an eligible primary care health professions degree training program for up to four school years. This scholarship is available to PA students currently enrolled as a full-time student and those accepted for enrollment.
Over the years, the PA Foundation has awarded more than $2.3 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 corporate partners. Multiple scholarships are awarded each year to current PA students during two application cycles and include general scholarships and specific scholarships awarded to those who demonstrate leadership, are committed to serving rural communities, identify as underrepresented or disadvantaged, are African American, or are dedicated to promoting accessible primary and preventive care to underserved populations. Students are encouraged to apply for more than one scholarship.
NYSSPA annually awards several scholarships to PA Student members. In addition, scholarship recipients receive complimentary registration to the annual CME conference where they will be recognized.
Veterans Caucus Student Scholarships (Recognized Affiliate Caucus of the American Academy of PAs)
Several scholarships are available to PA students to honor the memory of veterans lost to family and friends.
The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to individuals pursuing a program of study leading to a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. This program will help alleviate the health care workforce shortages in VA by obligating scholarship recipients to complete a minimum of 2 year service obligation at a VA health care facility after graduation and licensure/certification.
After graduation, participants in this program join the Navy Medical Team as Officers, with the opportunity to earn a competitive salary, regular promotions, comprehensive medical and dental coverage, low-cost travel opportunities, excellent retirement and educational benefits, further training, and rewarding clinical practice. Additional benefits include 30 days of paid vacation a year, use of military recreational facilities around the world, the opportunity to serve around the world in a variety of facilities, and being a part of a supportive team of highly trained professionals.
The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) (501c3) was established in 1994 in Washington, DC as the National Hispanic Medical Foundation as the philanthropic arm of the National Hispanic Medical Association. The mission of the Foundation is to support educational and research activities to improve the health of Hispanics. In 2007, NHHF started its partnership with the United Health Foundation in this unique national effort. By January 2020, NHHF has awarded $1,378,000 to 290 awardees.
The Physician Assistants for Latino Health (PALH), a caucus of AAPA, offers $1,000 scholarship grants to currently enrolled PA students.
Scholarship opportunities for PA students with a strong interest in pursuing a career in the field of oncology.
The AASPA is proud to offer scholarships to deserving PA students who are interested in a career in surgery.
Two scholarships are awarded yearly to first or second-year students with a sincere interest in becoming a physician assistant in orthopedics.
Mr. Robinson’s unwavering support, leadership, encouragement, and membership in the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants will be forever remembered – and honored by this award. It’s our aim to select an award recipient who is in the clinical phase of PA education and exemplifies the character, integrity, and dedication to emergency medicine, leadership, and professionalism that Mr. Robinson exemplified.
F.A. Davis is dedicated to developing teaching and learning solutions that meet the needs of nursing and health science students, educators, and practitioners. To stay committed to our goal of shaping the future of nursing and health science education, F.A. Davis is proud to offer annual scholarships to support those aspiring to work in healthcare.
The Physician Assistants in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (PAHPM), a constituent organization of the AAPA, offers a $1500 scholarship to currently enrolled PA students. This scholarship was created to honor the memory of Eva Dimitrov and her journey through serious illness and her discovery of how meaningful of a role those who cared for her, her family, and caregivers can play.