MEDEX Scholarships

Richard Smith Scholarship

Dick Smith

Dr. Smith founded the MEDEX program as a federal demonstration project in the late 1960s.  He hoped to increase the pool of clinicians in underserved settings by drawing on the extensive skills of returning military medics and corpsmen.  After ensuring the success of MEDEX, he went on to develop and deliver materials to facilitate the training of health workers in developing countries; materials that have been adapted and used in over 70 countries.  His strong leadership skills allowed him to put his vision into practice.  Richard Smith Scholarship awards will offered annually at each MEDEX didactic site. These awards go to potential leaders; visionaries with commitment to increasing access to healthcare for the underserved.  Applicants should have a broad and global perspective on healthcare issues.  These are usually awarded to first-year students, but clinical-phase students will be considered as well.

201320122011
Donald Smith, PA-S,
Seattle 46
Laura Katers, PA-S,
Seattle 45
Katrina Flowers, PA-S,
Seattle 44
Elizabeth Scott, PA-S,
Spokane 16
Scott Pleines, PA-S,
Spokane 14
Greg Lang, PA-S,
Spokane 14
Dustin Golding, PA-S,
Yakima 19
Raul Mendoza, PA-S,
Yakima 18
Ryan Dutton, PA-S,
Yakima 17
Troy Bowers, PA-S,
Anchorage 3
Lisa Alexia, PA-S,
Anchorage 2
Katie Copps-Wilson, PA-S,
Anchorage 2

Susan Vader Scholarship

Susan Vader

Sue graduated with MEDEX class 27 and worked for several years with the Whidbey Community Physicians group.  After Sue passed away, the clinic and her family (which includes MEDEX A&P instructor Kira Vader) established a scholarship fund.  Sue loved life and family, and cared deeply about patients and the medical field.  Applicants must have an interest in family practice or women’s issues.  Applicants should also have a broad perspective on life.  This is open to both first- and second-year students.

201320122011
Katrina Schneider, PA-S,
Spokane 16
John Primrose, PA-S,
Yakima 18
Lisa Alexia, PA-S,
Anchorage 2

Mike Merrill Scholarship

Mike Merril

Mike graduated with MEDEX class 26 and worked in the ER at Group Health.  After Mike passed away, his family and friends established an endowed scholarship fund to support students interested in a career in emergency medicine.  Mike was dedicated to his work, and a high level of professionalism was a hallmark of his daily practice.  A focus on caring and compassionate customer service was very important to him, as was collaborative teamwork.  Applicants should demonstrate intelligence, curiosity and kindness and have an interest in education.  This award is open to second-year students planning to enter practice in emergency medicine.

201320122011
Christopher Muldoon, PA-S,
Seattle 45
Katrina Flowers, PA-S,
Seattle 44
William Roberts, PA-S,
Yakima 17

Barbara Gunter-Flynn Scholarship

Barbara Gunter-Flynn2

Barb graduated from MEDEX in 1979.  She was a PA with a commitment to expanding healthcare access for the medically underserved.  She helped launch the MEDEX Yakima site, and after administering that for a few years, moved on to launch the MEDEX Spokane site.  Her dedication inspired many MEDEX grads from central and eastern Washington.  Barb passed away in 2002 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Two Barbara Gunter-Flynn Scholarships will be awarded: one each for the Yakima and Spokane sites. The awards committee will look for students who are inspirational with a commitment to service of the medically underserved. These are usually awarded to first-year students, but clinical-phase students will be considered as well.

201320122011
Tracy Wickersham-Frey, PA-S,
Spokane 16
Jason Rusk, PA-S,
Spokane 15
Brenda Wilks, PA-S,
Spokane 14
Teresa Charvet, PA-S,
Yakima 17
James Hebrlee, PA-S,
Yakima 17

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