February 20, 2020
VA Providing Scholarships for PA Studies Master’s Degree
Apply by May 3 for Health Professionals Scholarship Program
March 13, 2019
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing scholarship opportunities for U.S. citizens seeking degrees in PA Studies. The Health Professionals Scholarship Program (HPSP) awards scholarships to students pursuing a program of study leading to a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies. The Scholarship awards provide for the payment of a monthly stipend, tuition, required fees, and other reasonable educational expenses, including books and necessary equipment. The benefits are exempt from federal taxation.
According to Scot Burroughs, director PA Services 10P4J, VHA Office of Patient Care, there is veteran preference. The average scholarship is $52,000/year that includes full tuition, monthly stipend and books. Applications are open on USAJobs.gov until May 3, 2019.
Scholarships awards under the HPSP are subject to the availability of funds, and the VA may award a full-time student a scholarship for a maximum of four years. VA may also award a part-time student scholarship for a maximum of six years.
After completion of their education, participants must serve as a full-time clinical VA employee for a minimum of two years in PA services with direct patient care of the participant’s discipline in an assignment or location determined by VA while participating in the HPSP. This obligated service would begin on the date on which the participant obtains any required applicable credentials and when appointed as a full-time clinical VA employee in a position for which the degree prepared the participant. Other terms and conditions apply.
For more information on this program, please visit VA Careers at http://www.vacareers.va.gov.