AASPA Scholarships

The AASPA is proud to offer scholarships to deserving PA students who are interested in a career in surgery. It is one of just many benefits that we offer to our student members.

Susan and Tom Lusty Memorial Scholarship

AASPA awards at least one scholarship yearly to a student in either the didactic or clinical year. Winners receive the following:

  • $1,000 award
  • Scholarship certificate that is suitable for framing
  • Complimentary registration to the annual AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
  • Ability to list "AASPA Student Scholarship Winner" on your resume
  • Recognition in Sutureline and on our website
  • AASPA's famous lapel pin

To qualify, the physician assistant student must:

  • Be enrolled in an ARC-PA accredited PA program
  • Demonstrate a financial need
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be a student member of AASPA in good standing (membership application may be submitted with scholarship application)
  • Demonstrate an interest in surgical practice
  • Submit a completed AASPA Scholarship Application

To be considered, interested students should submit:

  • A letter from their PA program verifying student status, GPA and a transcript copy
  • Financial need information in essay format
  • A letter of recommendation from their PA program faculty member, surgical PA, surgeon or preceptor
  • A short (500 word) narrative explaining their desire to practice in surgery and career goals
  • List of completed/expected clinical rotations
  • If necessary, an application for AASPA student membership and appropriate dues.

Download a Scholarship Application

All information must be postmarked by July 1, 2017 and submitted to:

Chair, Student Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 781688
Sebastian, FL 32978

Please Note:

  • Applications will not be considered complete until all the above information is received.
  • For the 2017 application window (November 15, 2016 through July 1, 2017), all application information must be postmarked by July 1, 2017. Recipients will be notified by August 15, 2017.
  • Awards will be announced and distributed at the AASPA CME Meeting in Arlington, VA.
  • The decision of the Scholarship Committee is final.

Congratulations to our 2016 Student Scholarship Winner Michelle Dao!

2016 AASPA Student Scholarship Winner

To read Michelle's essay, follow the link below.

Michelle Dao's Essay