APAO Student Scholarship

Chair:  Holly Ricker, PA-C

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2017 Scholarship Application Coming Soon

About the APAO Scholarship

Scholarship Information

  • A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded at the APAO Membership Meeting being held in May 2017 during the Annual AAPA National Conference in Las Vegas, NV or at the APAO Annual Conference in August 2017 in San Diego, California.
  • $500 of the total scholarship is allotted for the recipient’s travel expense to the AAPA Impact Meeting in Las Vegas, NV or 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



2016 APAO Scholarship Recipients

Dr. Sreenath Shanker received his PhD from Delhi University in India and moved to the United States in 2001 to pursue his postdoctoral studies. His research interests shifted to cancer biology when he moved to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, in 2003 as a post-doctoral fellow and subsequently joined St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis as a research specialist. During his tenure at two of the world’s best cancer centers, Dr. Shanker published more than 15 research articles in top scientific journals and presented his work at multiple international conferences. Working at these institutes also gave him the opportunityto volunteerhis time with cancer patients and get an up-close look at their unique needs in their struggle with this devastating disease.

The turning point in his life came when he met a 2-year-old boy Sid, who was battling a brain tumor at St. Jude. The long hours spent with Sid and his family made him realize that caring for patients in their hour of need was his true calling. This motivated him to give up his research career and join the Physician Assistant program at Christian Brothers University, Memphis to learn medicine. During his clinical training, Dr. Shankerfocused on his interest in oncologyby optingfor rotations in hematology- oncology and gynecology-oncology surgery and rounded it off with a much sought-after rotation in stem cell transplantation at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Shanker’s experience asa cancer researchergives him a better understanding of the disease process and thusprovide better care to his patients. He strongly believes that an empathetic and knowledgeable provider is the cornerstone of a patient’s battle with cancer. He now aims to learn the art of practicing good medicine and return to make a change in the life of cancer patients.


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From a young age, Marsha has had an interest in oncology, which lead to her participation in a Mesothelioma research project at Barbara Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan, as a sophomore in high school. This exposure, into the field of science and research, only seemed to ignite her curiosities and while completing her Bachelors degree at Oakland University as she focused her attention on potential cancer cell motility targets as a research assistant. Raised by a single parent household, Marsha was the first in her family, both immediate and extended, to pursue a career in science and medicine. She would go on to complete a Masters in Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan, where she investigated the role of Notch Signaling in the onset and progression of pancreatic cancer. Her dedication and drive landed her a seat at Stony Brook University, where Marsha has been an advocate for the future of our profession when she is not immersed in her studies. One of her many long-term goals includes “having the opportunity to conduct meaningful oncologic research, while delivering high-quality healthcare” to her patients. Her connection to oncology is a personal one and she hopes to spend the rest of her life focused on improving the outcomes for her patients as a researcher, clinician, and future educator.

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