2014 Scholarship Winners

2013-14 Veterans Caucus Scholarship Winners

 

Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial Award is in honor of the memory of the late wife of RADM Dr. Ken Moritsugu, whose life was cut short by a tragic auto accident. Donna was a multi-talented woman and whom Dr. Moritsugu describes as the “wind beneath his wings.”

   Winner – Mirella Cortez

Program Director - Christy Eskes, DHSc, MPA, PA-C
Loma Linda University
Dept of Physician Assistant Sciences
24785 Stewart St, Evans Hall 201
Loma Linda, CA  92350

 

Vikki Lianne Moritsugu Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The scholarship is made in honor of the late Vikki Moritsugu, loving daughter of RADM Dr. Kenneth and the late Donna Moritsugu. The Moritsugu family and friends remember Vikki’s passion for life and learning through this scholarship.

     Winner – Bonnie Leksrisawat

Program Director – Lisa Mustone Alexander
George Washington University
900 23rd St. NW #6179
Washington DC, 20037

 

The Chan-Padgett Special Forces/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The scholarship is provided by Lt. Col John Padgett (USASF) and Major Vicki Chan-Padgett (USAF Ret) to a dependent or surviving spouse or child of a US Army Special Forces member enrolled in PA training or former Special Forces member if they are enrolled in PA training to recognize the courage, sacrifice, and duty to country demonstrated by members of the US Army Special Forces.

   Winner – Donald J. Smith

Program Director – Terry Scott
MEDEX Northwest
4311 11th Avenue NE Suite 200
Seattle, WA  98105

Lt Col David Gwinn/Veterans Caucus Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible through the contributions of friends of Lt Col David Gwinn who contributed in his memory upon his untimely death. It is for a deserving veteran of the United States Air Force. David was loved by everyone who knew him. He helped develop the Veterans Caucus and served in every way possible.

   Winner – Chelsey E. Garrison

Program Director – Michael J De Rosa, PhD, MPH, PA-C
Samuel Merritt University, PA Program
450 30th Street
Oakland, California  94609

 

SSgt Craig Ivory Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The scholarship is provided by Pat and Terri Ivory to honor the memory of their son Craig, Army medic who passed away in Iraq.

   Winner – Marisa C. Francois

Program Director – P. Eugene Jones, PhD, PA-C
UT Southwestern PA Program
5323 Harry Hines Blvd  Ste V4.114
Dallas, TX  75390-9090

 

American Legion Post 40, Danville Pennsylvania/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by the American Legion Post 40 in Danville, Pennsylvania for an outstanding veteran of the United States military currently enrolled in a PA training program.

   Winner – Adam C. Cady

Program Director – Karen J. Hills, MS, PA-C
Duke University PA Program
DUMC 104780
Durham, NC  27710

 

Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by the members of the Veterans Caucus and recognizes the achievements of an outstanding veteran of one of the seven branches of the Uniformed Services who is currently enrolled in PA training.

   Winner – Michael Beauchaine

(Claire Hull, Antoinette Polito, Ted Ruback, Michael Beauchaine, Pat Kenney-Moore – pictured (l-r); Curt Stilp – not pictured)

Program Director – Ted Ruback, MS, PA-C
Oregon Health & Science University Physician Assistant Program, GH 219
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR  97239

 

Grogan Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by Rodney Grogan and his wife in the memory of CMSgt USAF retired Kenneth Grogan and his wife Ernestine and Bryce Grogan, son of Rodney and his wife. This scholarship is open to an outstanding veteran or dependent of a veteran from any branch of the military.

  Winner – Ian Drullard

( l to r) Mr. Edward Draper, Assistant Director, DYC Veterans Affairs Office; Ian Drullard, PA-S, recipient; Maureen Finney, EdD, PA-C, Chair DYC PA Dept.

Program Director – Maureen F. Finney, EdD, PA-C
D’Youville College Physician Assistant Department
320 Porter Ave
Buffalo NY  14201

 

Society of Army Physician Assistants/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The scholarship is provided by the members of the Society of Army Physician Assistants and Veterans Caucus to honor a veteran Physician Assistant student who served with distinction in the United States Army.

   Winner – Majorie Grace Fisher (Grace)

Program Director – Henry Stoll, PA-C
MEDEX Northwest PA Program at Tacoma WA
Box 358495
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA  98402

 

Society of Air Force Physician Assistants/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by the members of the Society of Air Force Physician Assistants and Veterans Caucus to honor a veteran Physician Assistant student who served with distinction in the United States Air Force. The scholarship is awarded in memory of Jerry Reed, Tony DiTomasso, and David Gwinn.

   Winner – Geoffrey B. Slater

Program Director – Jonathan Bowser, MS, PA-C
Child Health Association/Physician Assistant Program University of Colorado
13001 E 17th Place, Room E7010, MS F543
Aurora, CO  80045

 

Dallas and Donna Lipscomb/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is given by Dallas (Air Force) and Donna Lipscomb for a qualifying veteran who is a single parent and if none applies than it goes to an Air Force veteran.

   Winner – Nathan T. Greene

Program Director – Terry Scott
MEDEX Northwest
4311 11th Avenue NE Suite 200
Seattle, WA  98105

 

Jesse Edwards Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The Jesse Edwards Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship is given by family and friends of the late Jesse Edwards. He was an avid PA educator at the University of Nebraska, Omaha who blazed the path for the first Physician Assistant Master’s online program. His foresight into the needs of the physician assistant profession provided many PA s the opportunity to advance their education.

   Winner – Shey R. Howard

Program Director – Douglas Ander
Emory University Physician Assistant
1462 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA   30322

 

SSgt Robert V. Milner Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by Rear Admiral Mike Milner, PA-C  Public Health Service retired and his wife Patricia Castillo, PA-C, recognizes either a United States Air Force veteran or dependent of an Air Force veteran enrolled in PA training. This scholarship serves to memorialize the life and faithful service to his country of his father, SSgt Robert V. Milner, USAF who served during the Korean War and the Berlin Airlift operations and acknowledges his father’s dedicated service to his community, friends, and country.

   Winner – Megan K. Laffitte

Program Director – Jennifer Pack, MMS, PA-C
University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program
2300 MacCorkle Ave SE
University of Charleston, WV  25304

 

Student Acknowlegments

-----Original Message-----
From: Nathan Thomas Greene [mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]
Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2014 9:26 PM
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Subject: Dallas and Donna Lipscomb Scholarship

Good afternoon,

I would like to thank you for selecting me for the Dallas and Donna Lipscomb Scholarship. This clinical year has been quite dventurous in learning and providing healthcare throughout Alaska. As such, travel throughout Alaska can be a tad pricey and this scholarship will help offset the cost of getting out there and getting it done.

Attached is a photo from our recent provider visit to Koyuk. Upcoming trips to St Michael and Shaktoolik are planned before ending my stint here at the Sub Regional Clinic in Unalakleet. Then we're out the door to deploy. Kris Abel (last year's recipient) and I will receive our graduation certificates overseas.

Is there additional contact information for Mr and Mrs Lipscomb? I would like to send them a thank you card as well. Otherwise I will sent it to the Veteran's Caucus PO Box.

Warmest regards from our Alaskan "Summer,"

N. Greene