Spirit of the Gift Biography Project

Histories of the men and women behind WSU's endowed funds

Clayton H. Shaw/Physician Assistant Student Society Endowed 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.