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Since 1999, Kansas Academy of Physician Assistants (KAPA) has helped to award $4,000 in scholarship money to 11 students at Wichita State University’s (WSU) PA program. In 2006, KAPA contributed $28,000 to establish and endow the Kansas Academy of Physician Assistants Endowed Fellowship. This became one of the 4 PA specific endowed scholarships at the University's Foundation. (http://foundation.wichita.edu/spirit-of-the-gift)

The scholarship is open to PA students entering their second year, who plan to practice in Kansas upon graduation.

2015 KAPA Memorial Scholarship Winners

Seth Metzler

Seth Metzler

Seth is from Newton, KS and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in Clinical Laboratory Science. He worked as a Medical Laboratory Scientist prior to his acceptance in the WSU PA program. He is using his year of clinical rotations to decide which area of medicine he wants to practice in after graduation, but his current interests are orthopedics and primary care. Seth lives in Salina, KS with his wife and two daughters.

Krisha McLaughlin

Krisha McLaughlin

Krisha is originally from Goddard, KS. She obtained her paramedic certificate in St. Petersburg Florida in 2010 and her bachelor’s degree in health science from Wichita State University in 2013. She served as a paramedic in Sedgwick County, KS prior to admittance into the WSU PA program. Emergency medicine has always been a passion of hers and she plans to work in a rural emergency department after graduation.

Past recipients

Carol M. Watson, Prosper, TX

Ryan T. Wilken, Chicago, IL

Jason E. Kearns, Parsons, KS and Rebecca D. White, Olathe, KS

Dustin R. Huff, Lawrence, KS and Mandy M. Spence, Kentwood, MI

Amanda F. Haffa, Goddard, KS

Katelin Hosfelt, Topeka, KS

Troy B. Frick, Wichita, KS

Mindy Ewert and Margaret Fisher, both from Wichita, KS

Text explaining the two KAPA awards.

Physician Assistant of the Year Award

KAPA Memorial Scholarship


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