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.

2015 2014 2013
Joshua Lumsden, PA-S, Seattle 48 Sarith Keo, PA-S, Seattle 47 Donald Smith, PA-S, Seattle 46
Tucker Larsen, PA-S, Spokane 18 Jeffrey Hayward, PA-S, Spokane 17 Elizabeth Scott, PA-S, Spokane 16
Kate Osborne, PA-S, Tacoma 1 Tracie Alberts, PA-S, Tacoma 1 Dustin Golding, PA-S, Yakima 19
Wenceslous Fru, PA-S, Anchorage 6 Deana Glick, PA-S Anchorage 4 Troy Bowers, PA-S, Anchorage 3

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.

2015 2014 2013
Kristy Lang, PA-S, Seattle 48 Chipepo Mugala, PA-S, Seattle 47 Katrina Schneider, PA-S, Spokane 16

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.

2015 2014 2013
Cody Balogh, PA-S, Seattle 47 Jenny Fisher, PA-S, Seattle 46 Christopher Muldoon, PA-S, Seattle 45

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 a few years moved on to launch the MEDEX Spokane site. Her dedication inspired many MEDEX graduates from central and eastern Washington. Barb passed away in 2002 after a courageous battle with cancer. The Barbara Gunter-Flynn Scholarship will be awarded to a student from the Spokane site. The awards committee will look for a student who is inspirational with a commitment to service of the medically underserved. This is usually awarded to a first-year student, but clinicalphase students will be considered as well.

2015 2014 2013
Abigail Feeback, PA-S Spokane 18 Matthew Pippenger, PA-SSpokane 17 Tracy Wickersham-Frey, PA-S,Spokane 16

Jennifer Johnston Scholarship

Photo of Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston was the program Administrator and Admissions Director at MEDEX for 30 years. Hundreds of MEDEX graduates remember the day that Jennifer called with an offer of admission. Jennifer believed strongly in the MEDEX mission, and as a former teacher, was especially happy to see students from disadvantaged circumstances succeed despite facing many challenges along the way. This scholarship will recognize students who have demonstrated tenacity to overcome life’s hurdles, and the commitment and perseverance necessary to rise above significant obstacles on the pathway to becoming physician assistants.

Tuan Duong, PA-S,Seattle 47

Liza Benson Scholarship

photo of Liza Benson

Elizabeth (Liza) Benson joined MEDEX with Seattle Class 45. She returned to Wyoming during her second year for clinical rotations, but was lost in a skiing accident involving an avalanche. She had worked with a small-town orthopedics practice prior to PA school, and looked forward to becoming a rural PA after graduation. Liza was admired for her adventurous spirit, sharp intellect and compassion for others. Her passion for the wilderness can be expressed through her favorite John Muir quotation: Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. This scholarship will recognize a MEDEX student who shares Liza’s spirit of adventure, and who plans to practice in a wilderness or rural setting within the WWAMI region.

Jason Ray, PA-S, Seattle 48
Stephen Shepro, PA-S, Spokane 18