APAO Student Scholarship

Scholarship Information

  • A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded 
  • In the event we are unable to hold an in-person conference this year due to COVID-19, this year's recipient will not receive the award in person

Eligibility Criteria

  • AAPA member (or applicant)
  • PA student in their last year 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 be graduating from their program between May 1, 2021 and August 31, 2021
  • 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

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2021:  April 30, 2021

Methods for Submission

  • Apply Online
  • Email application to: [email protected]
  • *** 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 Jessica Eno, PA-C at [email protected] 

The APAO offers free membership to all students.  Scholarship applicants will automatically be registered as an APAO Student Member at no charge.

Congratulations to Emily Yang, Jessie Ehrisman, and My Kim Tran APAO 2020 Student Scholarship Winners!


Emily Yang 

Emily’s interest in oncology blossomed during her time working as a medical assistant and administrative assistant at Global Oncology, Inc in Alhambra, CA. During her three years there, she spent many hours developing relationships with cancer patients and becoming uniquely invested in their stories, as well as becoming well versed in different cancer therapies and witnessing the challenges of their side effects first hand. She then went on to acquire additional patient care experience as an ER scribe and ophthalmic technician before entering PA school at Stanford University in Fall 2018. At Stanford, she has enjoyed organizing physician and physician assistant panels and dinner discussions surrounding topics in oncology care for the medical school as a part of the Oncology Interest Group leadership. She is also in the process of completing her Capstone Project, which surveys the social needs of 508 cancer patients to determine gaps in healthcare literacy, housing, transportation, and financial needs in community clinics. 

From these experiences, Emily appreciates oncology as a uniquely impactful field in which providers are privileged to care for patients during some of the most vulnerable times in their lives. She hopes that as a future PA, she can be a means of empowerment for patients living with chronic illnesses to pursue life goals and to align their medical therapy with their personal values. Some of her favorite books which have inspired her desire to work in oncology and patient care are When Breath Becomes Air, Salt in my Soul and The Emperor of All Maladies. 



Jessie Ehrisman

 Jessie was raised in Miami, Florida Jessie moved to central North Carolina for all of her higher education and research. She found herself niche when her interest in women's health led to work as a clinical research coordinator at Duke's division of Gynecologic Oncology; it was a marriage of everything that still fascinates Jessie. Our patients and some fabulous mentors inspired her to go to PA school, where her commitment to research hasn't cooled at all. While still in her didactic year at Elon University, Jessie began designing her own pilot study related to self-interpretation of direct to consumer genetic health reports. Jessie will be presenting a poster of preliminary results at the 2020 American Society of Human Genetics conference. Hoping that through her PA career Jessie might positively affect patients with cancer as much as they've positively affected her


My Kim Tran 

Upon graduation from Boston University with a bachelor degree in Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Science, My Kim joined Dr. Junjie Chen’s lab as a research assistant in the Experimental Radiation Oncology department at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC). She had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of research scientists and co-authored several papers about DNA repair pathways and proteomics studies. They collaborated closely with other labs including the ones led by physician scientists, which inspired My Kim to expand her knowledge from bench-side to bed-side with direct impact on patients. After shadowing various providers of different specialties at MDACC, she found herself at the doorstep of the physician assistant profession and now My Kim is part of the graduating class of NSU Orlando PA program this August.

Service-related activities have really become a central part throughout her childhood through PA school and something that definitely influenced her medicine practice.  The cornerstones of My Kim career goals are patient care, research, education, and prevention. Her goal is not only to provide exceptional medical care, but also to establish long-term connections and trust in all her patients. Through My Kim rotations, she has the opportunity to work with amazing and very experienced PAs whom attending physicians speak highly of both personally and professionally. Developing into an astute PA herself and making a positive impact on patients is something My Kim is very excited to embark on.