APAO Student Scholarship

Scholarship Information

  • A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded at the APAO Annual Conference August 24-27, 2017 in San Diego, California.
  • $500 of the total scholarship is allotted for the recipient’s travel expense to the APAO Annual Conference in San Diego, California; the other $2,000 is unrestricted.
  • The winner is strongly encouraged to receive the scholarship in person at the conference. If this is not possible, the total amount awarded to the winner is $2,000 (travel expenses deducted from the initial $2,500)

Eligibility Criteria

  • AAPA member (or applicant)
  • PA student enrolled in a ARC‐PA‐accredited program
  • Clinical phase (completed basic science courses or near completion)
  • Applicant has not previously received a PA foundation or other specialty organization scholarship
  • Applicant has a strong interest in pursuing a career in the oncology field
  • A clinical rotation in an oncology specialty is strongly encouraged but not required
  • Applicant must not graduate before May of the application year
  • Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. If your program does not provide a numerical GPA (i.e. PASS/FAIL), the program director/designee must provide an explanation of the grading system.

Instructions‐ Please Read Carefully

  • Electronic Application is preferred
  • All Information should be typed
  • Brevity is encouraged, but additional sheets may be included if needed to fully respond to questions.
  • Additional unsolicited information that does not pertain directly to the questions in the application will not be forwarded to the selection committee.
  • The application package must include
    • One copy of the application form
    • Two personal statements (500 words or less)
    • One copy of an official or signed unofficial transcript from the PA Program
    • One copy of the Program Director/Designee Reference Form
    • One Letter of Reference from a Healthcare Professional who can attest to the applicant’s interest in oncology

Methods for Submission

  • Apply Online
  • Email application to: scholarships@apao.cc
  • *** Note that the Program Director/Designee Form is submitted separately from the student application. Please follow up with your Director/Designee to ensure that your scholarship application is complete. Program directors must complete the following component of the applications: PA Director Reference Form
  • For questions/additional information, please contact Maria Gargano, PA-C at mgarga08@gmail.com


The APAO offers free membership to all students, students are encouraged to become members.