2016 Scholarship Winners

 

 

2015-16 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 – Elyse C Troxell(r) with Dr Parish

Program Director - Thomas Parish, DHSc, PA-C
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Norfolk, VA 23507

 

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 – Miranda K. Zuhlke

Program Director - Virginia L. Snyder, PhD, PA-C
University of Wisconson - Madison
Madison, WI 53705

 

PFC Roger W. Cummins/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

The PFC Roger W. Cummins scholarship is provided to the veteran, active duty, surviving spouse or child of a US Marine or Navy Corpsman who has served with the United States Marine Corps, who is currently enrolled in a PA training program. PFC Roger W Cummings was a highly motivated heroic individual who paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country and fellow Marines and the scholarship serves as a living memorial to him.

   Winner – Benjamin J. Javery (r) with Dr Bottomly

Program Director –  George S. Bottomley, DVM, PA-C
Johnson & Wales University Physician Assistant Studies Program
Providence, RI

 

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 – Michelle J. Lee (l) with K Adams, M Statler and B Gebur

Program Director –  Michel Statler  MLA, PA-C
Rosalind Franklin University
North Chicago, IL  60064

 

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 – James A. Chally

Program Director – Terry Scott, MPA, PA-C
MEDEX Northwest
Seattle, WA

 

Geisinger Nursing Department/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This Scholarship is provided by the members of the Geisinger Health System Nursing Department and recognizes the achievements of an outstanding veteran or a dependent of a veteran of one of the seven branches of the Uniformed Services who is currently enrolled in PA training.

   Winner – Emily Brennan

Program Director – Kirk Barron, PA-C, Ph.D
University of Texas, Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX 76107

 

Frank M. Corcoran Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship

This scholarship is to acknowledge the dedication to the Physician Assistant (PA) profession by Mr. Frank M. Corcoran (1936-2015). Frank was a former US Marine who became a pharmaceutical executive after leaving the Marine Corps. He was a strong supporter of Physician Assistants and became a good friend of the Veterans Caucus of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He will be remembered for his steadfast patriotism, his love of the US Marine Corps and his love of his wife, Kathleen, who along with many friends, family members and the Board of Directors of the Veterans Caucus, have made this scholarship possible. This scholarship is open to an outstanding US Navy or US Marine Corps Veteran who is enrolled in Physician Assistant Training.

   Winner – Teren W. A. Culbertson

Program Director – Karen A. Wright, PhD, PA-C
George Washington University
Washington, DC 20037

 

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 – Darra O. Markland (l) with Dr Cavenagh

Program Director –  John Cavenagh,  MBA, PhD., PA-C
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia, PA 19131

 

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 – Kenneth Adams (middle) with M. Lee, M Statler and B Gebur

Program Director –  Michel Statler,  MLA, PA-C
Rosalind Franklin University
North Chicago, IL  60064

 

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.

m.robinson.2   Winner – Marc R. Robinson (r)

Program Director –Karin Olson, PhD, PA-C
Eastern Michigan University,
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

 

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 – Bethany Gebur (r) with M Lee, K Adams, and M Statlerr

Program Director –  Michel Statler  MLA, PA-C
Rosalind Franklin University
North Chicago, IL  60064

 

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.

Abby looper   Winner – Abby C. Looper (r) with Rosalind Becker MS, PA-C (l)

Program Director – Rosalind Becker MS, PA-C
Wingate University
Wingate, NC

 

Student Acknowlegments

First, I wanted to thank you and your organization for choosing me for the SSgt Robert V. Milner Memorial scholarship. My family and I are so thankful for this award.

I wanted to get in touch with the Milner family to also thank them and was wondering if you would be able to provide me with an email address or P.O Box address so that I may send them a note.

Thank you!,
Abby Looper, PA-S

 
 

To the Veterans Caucus

Thank you so much for honoring me with the prestigious honor of being the Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial Scholarship.  I would love to continue to be involved with the Veteran s Caucus in any way possible.  Feel free to contact me with any opportunity to give back.  Again, I sincerely appreciate this award.  Sincerely, Elyse