The Physician Assistant (PA) Program has several fellowships available. Fellowships are awards for graduate students and may, based on individual guidelines, be renewed so long as the student meets the criteria for selection up to two years or upon completion of the master’s degree, whichever comes first.

Newly accepted and current PA graduate students are eligible to apply.

To apply:

  1. Complete the online application at https://www.wichita.edu/administration/financial_aid/scholarships/scholarshipuniverse.php, or you can search for ScholarshipUniverse on the WSU website.
  2. PA Fellowships listed below are found on ScholarshipUniverse, and have a deadline of July 1st. You can also search on ScholarshipUniverse for other scholarships offered through the College of Health Professions; applications for CHP scholarships are due February 1st.

PA Fellowships and Guidelines

Harold P. “Hal” Gates Memorial Fellowship

Guidelines:

  1. Fellowship(s) will be awarded annually to a graduate student(s) enrolled at Wichita State University in the College of Health Professions who is entering his or her second year of the Physician Assistant Program.
  2. Consideration will be given to those who demonstrate leadership capabilities and a community service orientation evaluated by completing a questionnaire available in the Physician Assistant Program office.
  3. Award(s) will be made without regard to financial need.
  4. The authorized award amount will be split between three to five students, never giving all of the authorized award amount to one student, unless the amount available is less than $300.
  5. The Scholarship Office of Wichita State University will administer the fellowship(s) and make the award(s) based on recommendation(s) submitted by the chair of the Physician Assistant Program.
  6. The fellowship(s) may not be renewed.
  7. No recipient will be excluded from consideration on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran.

About Fellowship

In 1989, the Harold P. ‘Hal’ Gates Memorial Fellowship was established by his family in his honor. Mr. Gates received his Bachelor of Arts in Biological Science from the University of Wichita in 1951. Additionally, he was instrumental in the creation of the physician assistant program at WSU. He was responsible for the program acquiring anatomy guides and nearly 5,000 slides, all of which are still used today. Mr. Gates attended every graduation and always stayed in touch with the program.

Kansas Academy of Physician Assistants Fellowship

Guidelines:

  1. Fellowship(s) will be awarded annually to a first-year graduate student(s) enrolled full time at Wichita State University, College of Health Professions in the Physician Assistant Program.
  2. Consideration will be given to students who are from Kansas and plan to practice in Kansas upon completion of the program. Students will be chosen based on awards and recognition received in their field.
  3. Recipient(s) must have and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
  4. Award(s) will be made with regard to financial need.
  5. The Scholarship Office, a department within the Division of Campus Life and University Relations of Wichita State University, will administer the fellowship(s) and make the award(s) based on recommendations submitted by the Physician Assistant program faculty.
  6. This fellowship(s) may not be renewed.
  7. No recipient will be excluded from consideration on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran.

About Fellowship

The Kansas Academy of Physician Assistants (KAPA) had been a long-time supporter of WSU, but in 2006 it solidified this assistance by establishing the Kansas Academy of Physician Assistants Endowed Fellowship. KAPA serves as the official representative voice of Kansas physician assistants. Its purpose is to enhance the quality of medical care of the citizens of Kansas through promoting quality, cost-effective and accessible health care, and through promoting the professional and personal development of physician assistants.

Marvis J. Lary Physician Assistant Fellowship

Guidelines:

  1. The fellowship(s) will be awarded annually to a graduate student(s) enrolled in the College of Health Professions at Wichita State University, in the Physician Assistant Program.
  2. Recipient(s) must be in good academic & citizen standing.
  3. Recipient(s) must demonstrate & provide documentation of academic leadership and service activities.
  4. Award(s) will be made with regard to financial need once all other criteria are met.
  5. The Scholarship Office, a department within the Division of Campus Life and University Relations of Wichita State University, will administer the scholarship(s) and make the award(s) based on recommendations submitted by the Physician Assistant Department Chair.
  6. The fellowship(s) may be renewed.
  7. No recipient will be excluded from consideration on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran.

About Fellowship

Dr. Marvis Lary began her career as a physician assistant in 1972 in WSU’s physician assistant program. She was one of only two females in the first class of 12 students. After graduating in 1975, she worked in family practice for 20 years. Seeing the value of higher education, Dr. Lary earned a bachelor’s degree in 1978 and a master’s in 1986, both from WSU. In 1991, she earned her doctorate from Kansas State University. In 1987, she was named clinical director in WSU’s department of physician assistant, and she became the first female program director in 1989. Early in 2001, she was promoted to associate dean of academic affairs and research in the College of Heath Professions. At that time, the physician assistant faculty and staff established the Dr. Marvis Lary Scholarship Fund to honor her long-time commitment to students. When the program changed to a graduate program in 2004, the fund became a fellowship.

Drs. Tim and Kim Scanlan Fellowship

Guidelines:

  1. The fellowship(s) will be awarded annually to a graduate student(s) enrolled full time at Wichita State University in the physician assistant program in the College of Health Professions.
  2. The award(s) should be a minimum of $500.00 annually.
  3. At the donor's request, preference will be given to citizens of the United States.
  4. Award(s) will be made with regard to financial need.
  5. Once the fund is able to support an award of $1,000 annually, two awards will be divided equally, a minimum $500 each, to two students.
  6. The Scholarship Office, a department within the Division of Campus Life and University Relations of Wichita State University, will administer the fellowship and make the award(s) based on the recommendation(s) submitted by the College of Health Professions.
  7. The fellowship(s) may not be renewed.
  8. No recipient will be excluded from consideration on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran.

About Fellowship

Dr. Tim Scanlan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s University and completed his medical education at the University of Minnesota. He focused the last 20 years of his medical career on addiction medicine. Dr. Scanlan has served on the boards of the Hunter Health Clinic and the DUI Victim Center. Additionally, he was a member of the College of Health Professions Dean’s Advisory Committee and was medical director of the Wichita State University Physician Assistant Program.

Dr. Kim Scanlan received her doctorate in organization and management from Capella University and worked for Boeing/Spirit for more than 25 years in human resources and corporate services positions. After leaving Spirit, she worked at St. Thomas Aquinas Church as the parish administrator prior to her retirement.

The Scanlans were active on numerous community boards during their time in Wichita. They retired and moved to Hugo, Minn., in 2011.

Drs. Tim and Kim Scanlan met when they both returned to WSU to earn their Master of Business Administration degrees in 1988 and 1986, respectively. They are lifetime members of the WSU Alumni Association.

Clayton H. Shaw Physician Assistant Student Society Fellowship

Guideline:

  1. The fellowship(s) will be awarded annually to a graduate student(s) enrolled full or part time at Wichita State University and entering the second year in the physician assistant program in the College of Health Professions.
  2. Preference will be given to students who express an interest in practicing in the field of primary care.
  3. Award(s) will be made with regard to financial need.
  4. Consideration will be given to students who excel academically in accordance with the physician assistant program's academic policies.
  5. Recipient(s) must have and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
  6. The Scholarship Office, a department within the Division of Campus Life and University Relations of Wichita State University, will administer the fellowship(s) and make the award(s) based on recommendations submitted by the chair of the physician assistant program.
  7. The fellowship(s) may not be renewed.
  8. No recipient will be excluded from consideration on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran.

About Fellowship

This award was originally established in 1979 with a contribution of $3,395.40 from the Physician Assistant Student Society, chaired by Arvid Carlson. It was later converted to a departmental scholarship and then became a fellowship in early 2005 following the physician assistant program moving to the master’s level. In late 2005, the name of Clayton H. Shaw was added to the fund. Clay received the PA certificate in 1977 and a bachelor’s degree in health science in 1991, both from WSU. He was one of the first PAs in Kansas and has been instrumental in professional and political issues related to the profession. He was employed at the Sumner County Family Care Center as a rural primary health provider since 1977 and served as a preceptor for WSU PA students there since 1985. He has been president of the Kansas Academy of Physician Assistants and was named PA of the Year by that group in 2003. After he was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer, his friends and colleagues worked to add his name to the fellowship and conducted a fund-raising effort to increase the endowment. Clay passed away on May 28, 2012.

Neil H. Riordan Physician Assistant Fellowship

Guidelines for this fellowship is currently unavailable. Please contact WSU Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Students can also view application guidelines for each fellowship from the WSU Foundation's Fellowship Guidelines Index website. To find fellowships, select "Health Professions" in the Filter dropdown list, then click the Filter button. Then scroll through list to locate each fellowship, checkbox to display and view guideline page.


Working during the Program

Students should not expect to be able to work while in the Program. Students who choose to work typically have difficulty keeping up with their coursework and have a significantly increased risk of academic difficulties. PA students must not accept payment for “moonlighting” as a PA while on rotation. Students who are foreigntrained physicians are not allowed to pursue medical residency while concurrently enrolled as a PA student.


Other Resources

General information about financial aid for graduate students may be obtained through the
Wichita State University Office of Financial Aid website
.


Grants and Awards from WSU

A listing of Grants and Awards available at WSU is available at the Graduate School website.


Outside Scholarships

National Health Service Scholarship Program

This scholarship includes payment of tuition, fees, books, and a monthly supported stipend.

Zola Lawrence Nell Educational Trust Scholarship Program

The scholarship program (web link below) supports students from Sedgwick County who are pursuing MD/DO or PA degrees.