Graduate Scholarships
Specialized scholarships and awards are available for PA graduate students. Many are endowments created by individuals and organizations to support CMU students pursuing advanced degrees in medicine.  A full list can be found in the Graduate Student Bulletin. For more information, contact CMU’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Also, if you will be a PA Program graduate student from out-of-state, you will be interested in learning about the following two scholarship programs:

Out-of-State Tuition Merit Award
Central Michigan University's Out-of-State Tuition Merit Award for graduate students grants in-state tuition rates for any student studiying in our Mount Pleasant-based program. No application is necessary.

In order to receive this award, you must meet these criteria:
  • GRE Verbal score of at least 157 (former test equivalent of 560) and GRE quantitative score of at least 152 (former test equivalent of 660).
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0.
  • TOEFL score of at least 600 (100 internet-based test), or an IELTS score of at least 7.5 if English is a second language.

Neighboring Regions Award
  • Upon admission to a CMU graduate program, the Neighboring Regions Award grants in-state tuition rates to any resident of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois or Wisconsin with at least a 3.3 GPA or any resident of the providence of Ontario, Canada with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • The award is valid for the entire graduate program, as long as you remain in good academic standing. No application is required.

National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program
This program provides tuition, educational expenses and a monthly stipend on an annual basis to students who will serve not less than one year for every year of scholarship support, or two years whichever is greater. Students must be full time and maintaining satisfactory academic progress. To request an application, visit online http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/index.html and call 1-800-221-9393.

Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Programs
Information is available on Navy, Air Force, and Army Health Professions scholarship in the Student Affairs Office. These scholarships provide educational expenses and a monthly stipend. Students who apply and are accepted accrue active military duty on a year-to-year basis, with a minimum of two year service obligation.

Additional information on financial aid and scholarship funding opportunities through the American Academy of Physician Assistants Veterans Caucus, Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants and many other programs are available for review by clicking here.

Federal Loan Programs 
Various federal loans are available to graduate students who file the FAFSA.  Visit https://go.cmich.edu/tuitionandaid/graduate/Pages/financial_aid.aspx and www.studentloans.gov to learn more about these opportunities.  Please allow 15-20 business days to process these loans.

Questions regarding financial aid should be directed to CMU's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, attention:  
Patricia Pickler – Assistant Director, CMU’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (989) 774-7424 or pickl1pm@cmich.edu.
Scholarships for Graduate Students from out-of-state
CMU’s Out-of-State Tuition Merit Award grants in-state tuition rates for any student studying in a Mount Pleasant-based program. Another program, CMU’s Neighboring Regions Award, grants in-state tuition rates to any resident from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois or Wisconsin with at least a 3.3 GPA or any resident from the province of Ontario, Canada with at least a 3.0 GPA.  No applications are required.  To learn more, visit https://go.cmich.edu/tuitionandaid/graduate/Pages/scholarships.aspx.

Michigan State Loan Repayment Program O​verview & Updates 
MSLRP helps employers recruit and retain primary medical, dental, and mental healthcare providers by providing loan repayment to those entering into MSLRP service obligations.  MSLRP service obligations require participants to provide full-time primary healthcare services in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) at not-for-profit health clinics for two years.

Lapeer County Medical Scholarship 
This fund was established to promote various medical related purposes, including scholarship. Applicants must be residents of Lapeer County, at least a second year-enrolled college student in a pre-science medical professional career such as medical, dental, nursing, or physician’s assistant program; and maintain a 3.2 GPA. Preference is given to applicants based on financial need. Award – minimum $500.00.  Scholarship information is available at http://www.lapeercountycommunityfoundation.org/Scholarships.htm.   Contact Information: Ashley White – Executive Director of the Lapeer County Community Foundation Scholarship Program at 810-664-0691 or awhite@lapeercountycommunityfoundation.org.

Muskegon County Medical Society Alliance Scholarship
The MCMSA's scholarships are available to students enrolled in one of the medical/healthscience fields such as pre-PA/PA, pre-med/medicine, nursing, physical therapy, dietetics, bio-medical engineering, medical technology, radiology, medical school, etc.  The student must be a resident of Muskegon County and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2. He/she must be a sophomore and currently enrolled in a medical/health science field. Reapply for renewal.  Visit http://www.mcmsa.org/scholarship.html to check for the April deadline to be considered for next year.  Funds vary.  The application packet is available at http://www.muskegoncc.edu/Include/StudentServices/2014-2015/Muskegon%20County%20Medical%20Society%20Alliance.pdf.  Contact Information: Muskegon County Medical Society Alliance C/O Ms. Shirley Green 2574 Morton Avenue Muskegon, MI 49441 Fax (231) 759-9000.

Program Specific

Ahmad Hakemi
Students accepted into PA Program with preference given to students with a financial need with a 3.4 GPA. (Estimated as of 2014 was $1500. *Amounts can changes year to year. )

A student enrolled in a program with The Herbert H. and Grace A. Down College of Health Professions, with plans of applying for the Physician Assistant Program. Preference will be given to the students with the greatest financial need from one of the following Mid-Michigan area schools:  St. Johns, Dewitt, Westphalia, Fowler, Pewamo, Hubbardson, Carson City, Perrington, Ashley, Ovid-Elsie with a GPA 3.0. (Estimated as of 2014 was $1,000.)

(Estimated as of 2014 was $1,000.)

Ron Nelson
Student must be accepted into the Physician Assistant Program. Preference will be given to a student from a rural or underserved area, have a proven financial need, and should have previous community involvement and leadership skills with a GPA 3.5 or higher. (Estimated as of 2014 $500.  *Amounts can changes year to year)

A student in their 2nd year of the PA program, often called “Clinicals.” With

preference given to those with financial need. GPA 3.4. (Estimated as of 2014 was $1800. *Amounts can changes year to year.)