$2 million scholarship grant awarded to benefit UNTHSC PA program

March 5, 2013

Economically disadvantaged students in the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program at UNT Health Science Center will benefit from a new four-year, $2 million Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.

The grant allows UNTHSC awards to be significantly greater than in previous years.  Estimated awards range from $10,000 to $15,000 and will cover at least one half of a UNTHSC PA student’s tuition and fees.

“Receiving these scholarship funds allows the student to focus more on their learning and not worry so much about how to make financial ends meet,” Hank Lemke, PA-C, DHSc, Chair of Physician Assistant Studies, said.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that PAs will be the second-fastest-growing profession in the next decade. With an aging population, a growing physician shortage, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more people are expected to need healthcare services.

“There is a great need for frontline practitioners and the federal government sees that need,” Thomas Moorman, EdD, Vice President for Student Affairs, said. “The financial aid office put a great proposal together and we were fortunate to receive this scholarship to help support diversity in the PA field.”

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is March 15, 2013. Applications can be found on the Financial Aid website.

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