Jessica Stevens Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship program honors the memory of Jessica Stevens, PA-C from Talkeetna. From 1993 until 2007 at the time of her death due to a motor vehicle accident, Jessica cared for patients in the Upper Susitna Valley. From her humble beginnings in a makeshift clinic with borrowed and expired supplies to the state of the art Sunshine Community Health Center of today, she practiced medicine. She maneuvered federal grants to fund a rural medical clinic to benefit her neighbors. More information about this exceptional woman, PA, mother, and human being can be found here and here.  

2022 scholarship recipient

Dv'nn Cooks, PA-S
2022 Jessica Stevens Memorial Scholarship recipient
Pictured with PA Megan Engler, AKAPA Scholarship Committee & PA Teresa Lowe, MEDEX Anchorage Campus Coordinator


The applicant that is selected to win the award will receive the following:

  • $500
  • Complementary AKAPA Fellow or Associate membership for 2 years after graduation
  • Complementary All-Alaska Medical Conference registration, first conference after graduation
  • Partnership with AKAPA Board Member to provide shadowing and networking opportunities, job advice, etc 


The Alaska Academy of Physician Assistants has established scholarships to financially assist PA students who are from and plan to return to Alaska. The awards are based on merit and financial need. These awards are targeted for those most in need and committed to the PA profession. 

The AKAPA will be accepting 2022 scholarship applications March 1 - Dec 1. Prior to starting an application have the following items ready. 

1. AKAPA and AAPA member in good standing
 AKAPA Membership card
 Copy of AAPA membership card

2. Certification of attendance and good academic standing from accredited PA program (download here)

3. Proof of Alaska residency by at least one of the following:
 Copy of Alaska driver’s license

 Copy of Permanent Fund Dividend receipt

 Copy of Voter Registration

4. Two letters of reference (one must be from a practicing PA)

5. Essay (750 words or <)
a. Describe your commitment to practice primary care in Alaska and how your past and current community service activities                       illustrate that.
b. How will you give back the AKAPA?

The 2024 application deadline is Sunday, December 1, 2024.

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