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MEAPA Scholarship Opportunity

Posted about 2 months ago

Susan Vincent Memorial Scholarship

Deadline for application Sept 1st, 2024

Each year, MEAPA  awards a $1,000 Susan Vincent Memorial Scholarship, in memory of fellow PA, Susan Vincent.

Nomination/Submission Here via Link

Susan Vincent grew up in New Jersey and attended Rutger’s Physician Assistant Program. PAs at the time could not practice in NJ, though this did not stop Susan from pursuing her goal to become a PA. Prior to becoming a PA, she and her husband at the time both volunteered with their community EMS. Volunteer work and giving back to her community was very important to Susan.

Susan Vincent lived and worked as a physician assistant in Maine during the early 1980s and served on the MEAPA (formally DEAPA) Board of Directors during that time. She worked at the University of Maine Cutler Health Center with a focus on family medicine. She became aware of the high cost of health care and made it her focus to practice preventative medicine with a mind toward the cost-effective provision of care. Susan loved the outdoors, enjoyed hiking and camping, and was a veteran of Walt Abbott’s Wilderness Canoe Course at the University of Maine. She was an avid bicyclist and also enjoyed singing with the University of Maine chorale group. While in the university setting, she began taking courses to prepare herself for the next step in her career with a goal to attend medical school. She then attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine and nearly completed her residency in Pediatrics when her previously diagnosed malignant melanoma returned. Despite her illness, she continued to study and was accepted into the Pediatric Oncology Fellowship Program just before her death.

MEAPA (formally DEAPA) honors Susan Vincent through this scholarship for her zest for life and strong determination to reach her goals despite all odds. She enjoyed life to its fullest and encouraged others to do so and to give back to the community unselfishly. This Association feels her example will inspire many to achieve set goals and to become a strong and caring member of the health care team.


Scholarship Requirements

1) The student applicant must be a Maine resident at the time of acceptance into a PA Program and/or enrolled in a Maine PA Program and share a desire to work and serve in Maine upon graduation.

2) The student must submit a letter of acceptance from an accredited Physician Assistant Program.

3) The applicant is asked to submit a brief statement detailing why she/he deserves and needs this scholarship. (maximum length - 2 single-typed pages)

4) The applicant should exemplify those qualities that Susan Vincent modeled during her life - against the odds, achieving goals set forth educationally and career-wise while serving his/her community. Volunteerism and community service were very important to Susan.

Nomination/Submission Here via Link