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Posh PA Underrepresented Minority Grant

Funded by
3 winners, $1,000 each
Application Deadline
Mar 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Apr 1, 2022
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate student or post-graduate
Education Plans:
Applying for PA school
Underrepresented minority
Volunteer experience

PAs (Physician Assistants) play a critical role in the medical field but often go unacknowledged. 

Like many jobs in the medical field, being a PA can be a lucrative career choice. The median salary for Physician Assistants in 2019 was $112,260. Additionally, the field is expected to grow 31% by 2029, making it a great field to enter right now.

This grant seeks to support students who are applying to PA school, covering expenses and services such as mentorship, application fees, standardized testing, etc. 

Any underrepresented minority student with volunteer experience who is an undergraduate student or post-graduate student planning to apply to PA school may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us about yourself and how you plan to help the world through your career as a PA.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published December 6, 2021
Essay Topic

Please tell us a bit about yourself and how you plan to make a positive impact on the world through your medical career as a PA.

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Ahona Chowdhury
New York UniversityQueens, NY
My name is Ahona Chowdhury and I am an Applied Psychology major at New York University planning to minor in Public Health as well. In my family of four and greater extended family, I am the first person to pursue a bachelors degree in the United States. Growing up in Bangladesh for a portion of my teen years, I was exposed to a variety of socioeconomic groups and the inaccessible corrupt healthcare system. I have been inspired by the amazing PAs and medical team who intervened during my mothers breast cancer treatment to pursue a career in healthcare. I want to be a part of a team, to advocate for my patients and to place an emphasis on patient education when I practice. This desire has become more intense for me as in the recent past, I have been diagnosed with PCOS. When I talk about advocating for my options and the importance of women's reproductive health, I see firsthand the stigma and taboo attached with being open and informed about such conditions in minority communities. I am tired of watching my fellow sisters not be informed about their gynecological and sexual health because establishing a connection with healthcare providers due to cultural barriers and understanding is harder as a minority. I am tired of women in my community and minority communities receiving vague consultations and not having detailed and thorough care especially in specific states. I know for a fact my calling is assisting in infertility, ob/gyn clinics in suburban and rural communities where there is a lack of physicians that female patients, especially those that minority ones can connect to. Besides my interest in the profession, I am passionate about mentoring. As a first generation Bangladeshi Muslim, I am currently working with a non profit organization called The Link Scholars. I am currently in the process of mentoring middle and high school students in the New York City as they apply for high school and college admissions. Previously, I have done similar work in mentoring and tutoring peers and younger students at my old high school through college admissions - a few of which actually got into colleges like Vanderbilt or their dream teaching programs. My volunteering experience is not limited to education. I love taking care of people and this translated into working with a nursing home right before college started. I worked with dementia patients alongside occupational therapists to plan recreational activities and exercises. As a pre-health student at New York University who plans to pursue PA school(God willing), I plan to continue to mentor first generation students like me no matter what profession I step into. Additionally, the act of caring for minority communities would naturally translate into my duties as a healthcare worker. I believe I can continue making an impact by being considered for this scholarship, It would mean that I can use it to keep funding for my higher and graduate education to keep making a positive impact in people's lives as well as for my own parents.
Simisola Shabi
SUNY College at Old WestburyHempstead, NY
Diamond Charles
Kennesaw State UniversityLoganville, GA


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Mar 1, 2022. Winners will be announced on Apr 1, 2022.

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