scholarship awards

The Michigan Physician Assistant Foundation’s (MIPAF)
Annual Scholarship Awards

—— Total Awards from inception to December 31, 2016: $ 105,700——

The University of Detroit Mercy and Western Michigan University were the home to the first two Michigan PA Programs, opening their doors in 1972. A scholarship program for senior PA students in a Michigan PA program was started by the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA) in the 1980’s. 

Our Foundation accepted responsibility for the scholarship program and continued the tradition the year following its’ approval by the Internal Revenue Service as a Public Charitable Foundation in 1991. Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan University, and Wayne State University started their Programs in 1995. The Eastern Michigan University PA program began in 2014.

When a PA Program is not listed for any given year, it is because the Foundation did not receive an application from a student from that program for that year. Multiple names following the PA Program’s name indicate an award was given to more than one student from that program. (Updated July 31, 2017)

1992

University of Detroit Mercy Paul Bryant

1993

University of Detroit Mercy DeHong Tang

1994

University of Detroit Mercy Patricia Topping
Western Michigan University 
Susanne Boyd

1995

University of Detroit Mercy Barbara Bergaski
Western Michigan University Michael Johnson

1996

University of Detroit Mercy Constance Burke
Western Michigan University 
Julie Ferguson

1997

University of Detroit Mercy Ann K. Adams
Western Michigan University 
Elissa Doty
Grand Valley State University LeAndra K. Sebald
Wayne State University 
Nancy Cailouette
Central Michigan University 
Carol Lynn Piesik

1998

University of Detroit Mercy David Martin
Western Michigan University 
Jeannie Schrage
Grand Valley State University 
Amy Vandenberg Schreur
Wayne State University 
Edward O’Connell
Central Michigan University 
Cindy L. Beadle

1999

University of Detroit Mercy Lori Marie Hall
Western Michigan University 
Barry Lee Mearman
Grand Valley State University 
Johanna E. Killian
Wayne State University 
Dawn Marie Smith

2000

University of Detroit Mercy Troy Stutz
Western Michigan University 
Rachna Eav
Grand Valley State University 
Sarah Redell 
Wayne State University 
Mary Josephine Pilat
Central Michigan Heather Nicole Mishler

2001

University of Detroit Mercy Caroline McCormick
Grand Valley State University Elizabeth Jones
Wayne State University 
Naomi Wilks Williams
Central Michigan Matthew Stack

2002

University of Detroit Mercy Kathleen Kenyon
Grand Valley State University 
Valerie Kloosterman
Wayne State University 
Kimberly Staley
Central Michigan 
Autumn Nicole Travis

2003

University of Detroit Mercy Rocelious Goodson
Grand Valley State University Erica Jo Scofield
Wayne State University 
Senthilkumar Radhakrishnan
Western Michigan University 
Holly Garrett Pettipher
Overall Best Application Rocelious Goodson

2004
University of Detroit Mercy Melva Franken
Grand Valley State University Sarah Harksema 
Wayne State University 
Carc Marie Broch
Western Michigan University 
Amanda Morgan 
Central Michigan University
 Kim Decker

2005

University of Detroit Mercy Amy Abelnous
Grand Valley State University Michael Beckley
Wayne State University 
Kristina Shafer
Western Michigan University 
Ryan Murtha
Central Michigan University
 Nicole Domakowski

2006

Wayne State University Stacie Graves

2007

University of Detroit Mercy Allison Kupels
Grand Valley State University Kristen Cox
Wayne State University 
Miranda Dellent
Western Michigan University 
Melissa Pietras
Central Michigan University
 Joni James

2008

University of Detroit Mercy Cheryl Ciesalak
Wayne State University Stacy Reijmer
Western Michigan University 
Andrew Zolp
Central Michigan University
 Brenda Baily

2009

Grand Valley State University
Christine Sabin, Mercedes Liscomb, Deanna Holbrook 
Wayne State University 
Shawn Heiler
Western Michigan University 
Alisha Guenther, Stacy Schlumbohm

2010

Central Michigan University Lauren Miller
University of Detroit Mercy 
Jibiao Huang
Grand Valley State University 
Elizabeth Eastman
Western Michigan University 
Joshua Radi
Wayne State University 
Megan Morsi

2011

Central Michigan University Andrea Jones 
University of Detroit Mercy 
Janet Burns
Wayne State University 
Sara Wilcholoski

2012

Central Michigan University Allison Beckman
University of Detroit Mercy 
Stephanie Rossman
Grand Valley State University 
Stefan John Kuiper
Wayne State University Kristin Loush

2013

Central Michigan University Lauren Ashley Gaines
University of Detroit Mercy 
Jacklyn Thibert
Western Michigan University Hsin-Kai Chen
Wayne State University 
Megan Morsi

2014

Central Michigan University Elizabeth Watson
University of Detroit Mercy 
Kristy Kazmierczak
Grand Valley State University 
Sandra Allen
Western Michigan University Kelley Giovannini

2015

Central Michigan University Scott Koski
Eastern Michigan University Tamara Ostin
Grand Valley State University 
Hannah Bendah
University of Detroit Mercy 
Michelle Fabiili
Western Michigan University 
Mellisa Scheid
Wayne State University 
Megan Bragg

2016

Central Michigan University Lisa Kleb
Eastern Michigan University Krystal Martin
Grand Valley State University 
Blake Geschke
University of Detroit Mercy 
Sarah Cornwell
Western Michigan University 
Travis Turrel
Wayne State University 
Chelsea Niemi

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