WVU School of Medicine Physician Assistant Rural Health Scholarship Program

Physician Assistant Rural Health Scholarship Program

Who is eligible?

Clinical year physician assistant students in the physician assistant studies program (MHS) at West Virginia University School of Medicine who intend to practice in West Virginia.  Selected students will receive a $25,000 scholarship in exchange for a 12-month commitment for full-time work in a rural area of West Virginia.

Obligation to Practice in West Virginia:

Students who are awarded a scholarship must sign a contract and practice full-time (40 hours per week) for a minimum of one year at an eligible site. Geographic areas which are eligible for the service obligation may be found using the HRSA Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer https://data.hrsa.gov/tools/rural-health. If you have any questions regarding the website or eligible sites please contact Dr. Jennifer Momen or April Vestal.

Students are responsible for locating an eligible practice site. The penalty for not fulfilling the service obligation is repayment of the scholarship with interest.

Submission Guidelines:

Scholarship application packets include student application, two recommendation forms and Certification of Education Status. The 2023-2024 scholarship application deadline is December 14, 2023.  

Eligibility for Other Financial Incentives:

Students who are awarded a Physician Assistant Rural Health Scholarship also may qualify for other financial incentives for rural practice in West Virginia. In some cases, the service obligations can be met concurrently. It is the responsibility of the student to determine if service obligations may be met concurrently.

 If you have any questions, you may discuss the program with Dr. Jennifer Momen, April Vestal, or finaid@mail.wvu.edu.


Questions? jjmomen@hsc.wvu.edu or avestal@hsc.wvu.edu