2017 Veterans Caucus Scholarship Winners

Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship
Winner – Samuel Millett – University of Washington MEDEX
Vikki Lianne Moritsugu Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship
Winner – Brian Speh – University of California Davis
PFC Roger W. Cummins/Veterans Caucus Scholarship
Winner – Jesse Cottle – University of Colorado

Lt Col David Gwinn/Veterans Caucus Memorial Scholarship
Winner – Judith Pascarella – Shenandoah University
SSgt Craig Ivory Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship
Winner – Javier Aguilar – University of Texas/Medical Branch

Geisinger Nursing Department/Veterans Caucus Scholarship
Winner – Whitney Johnson – Trevecca Nazarene University PA Program
Victor H Germino Legacy/Veterans Caucus Scholarship
Winner – David McGehee-Bethel University
Grogan Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship
Winner – Gina Everett -Wichita State University

Society of Army Physician Assistants/Veterans Caucus Scholarship
Winner – Megan Mabe – Methodist University PA Program

Society of Air Force Physician Assistants/Veterans Caucus Scholarship
Winner – William Stephens – University of Oklahoma PA Program,

Jesse Edwards Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship
Winner – Jennifer Perez-Hervey – University of Texas Health Science Center

SSgt Robert V. Milner Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship
Winner – McKensie Jaxx – Trevecca Nazarene University PA Program

Student Acknowledgments


Please pass on my sincerest appreciation to the Veteran’s Caucus selection committee for this very generous contribution to my PA education.  I look forward to actively supporting this great organization as I become a PA.

This funding comes to me just as my GI Bill funds are being depleted, great timing.  I am also happy to report that I was just offered the Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP) scholarship from the VA.  I was made aware of this opportunity through an email from the Veteran’s Caucus. You rock.

Thanks for everything and let me know how I can support you folks in the future.

v/r Sam

Mr. Brace,

I’d like to thank you, the Veterans Caucus and the Moritsugu family for this generous contribution towards my Physician Assistant education. With so many deserving student-veterans out there, I am truly humbled to receive such a wonderful gift! As I move into my last didactic quarter, I plan on utilizing these funds to help with traveling costs to remote sites in both California and Alaska to fulfill my rural family practice rotations over the next year. Thank you for your commitment to our profession and your continued support of our nation and student-veterans through your work with the Veterans Caucus. I look forward to one day repaying the favor as I advance into this profession. 

Very respectively,
Brian A. Speh

Dear Mr. Brace,

     I just wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude to the SSGT Craig Ivory Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship selection board.  It is a great honor to be selected to receive the scholarship. As a Veteran, I understand the sacrifices made by all Military personnel.  I will never forget this great opportunity afforded to me by one of my falling comrades.  If I am afforded the opportunity one day, I would like to be able to pay it forward by providing service to other Veterans.  This scholarship will help me toward achieving that future goal.  

     I am attaching a photo of my professor (Mrs Heather Ashford) and myself; we are both members of the Veterans Caucus.  You have my permission to utilize the photo as needed for your presentation and your newsletter. Thanks again for awarding me with such a great honor.  


Javier Aguilar Moran


US Army, Reserve


Dear Fred,

The Grogan Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship was recently presented to me by the Dean of The College of Health Professions at Wichita State University, whom herself is a Veteran.  The scholarship has been applied directly to my tuition at WSU, which greatly helps my family this coming summer.  My husband has served in the military for nearly 17 years, of which 11 I have been with him.  Together we have 2 children, our son is 8 and daughter is 6.  We have received help in many ways over the past several years, which neither of us are much accustomed to.  Both my husband and I seek out ways to serve others and help when and how we are able to. It is a great honor to have been considered for this scholarship and we are very grateful to have received it. 

Thank you for your commitment to serving our country, your work as a PA, and the support of students working to advance their education to be of service to the increasing needs in our healthcare community.


Gina M Everett

Wichita State University

Physician Assistant Student