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Physician Assistant Studies Scholarship

The Physician Assistant Studies Scholarship program for students pursuing medicine is a state-funded scholarship program designed to support students through graduation in an effort to increase health science workforce development in the state of Ohio. Scholarships are available to students who live in the state of Ohio and are accepted to the Master of Science Physician Assistant Studies program at Ohio Dominican University and meet the criteria listed below.

Scholarship Details

For the 2024-25 academic year, scholarship awards include up to $8,900 per student, per academic year, towards the cost of tuition for those students who qualify. Scholarships are renewable for each academic year, with yearly award amounts contingent on PA Program eligibility, state funding and number of scholars. Up to 15 scholarships per cohort are available. 

Through the Choose Ohio First scholars program students who are eligible are provided financial assistance to help with the cost of tuition. The ODU PA Program faculty and staff will provide the students with the required educational support (didactic, clinical and academic advising) as they work towards completing their degree and graduating as qualified individuals who will become certified PAs.

Who Can Apply?

To be considered you must:

  • Be an Ohio resident
  • Be accepted into the ODU PA program as a qualified first-year student
  • Commit to the Choose Ohio First requirements
  • Plan to practice in Ohio after graduation
  • Be a member of an underrepresented group in the healthcare workforce (see below for examples)

Examples of underrepresented groups in the healthcare workforce*:

  • Ethnic/racial background of underrepresented group in the workforce (e.g., African American, Alaskan, American Indian, Hispanic/LatinX)
  • Economically disadvantaged backgrounds (demonstrate financial need using CASPA defined income levels, which is based on 200% poverty guidelines)
  • From a medically underserved area (e.g., rural, inadequate number of primary care providers)
  • English is not the primary language spoken in the home
  • First generation college student

*Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need and represent more than one criteria. Scholarship cannot exceed tuition amount.


Applications received by April 15 are guaranteed full consideration. However, late applications will still be accepted.