Meet our 2018/2019 scholarship recipients.

The SHP General Scholarship Application for the 2019-20 academic year is now open.

Deadline to submit your application has been extended to June 15th, 2019.

Each year, the SHP Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to qualified applicants who demonstrate academic and professional achievement in their program and fields.

Scholarships are available for both newly entering matriculated students as well as continuing matriculated students. To be eligible for these scholarship, students must have demonstrated high ethical standards in their course work and have shown consistent dedication to the subject matter.   Students who have breeched the Honor Code, Academic Integrity, or displayed any other “Acts of Misconduct” will not be considered for scholarships.

Most Scholarships are based on financial need and it is highly recommended that applicants complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

When applying for SHP scholarships, be sure to read the application directions carefully and follow all directions. Incomplete and late applications will be disqualified.  Awarded students will be notified by the first week of September and will have funds applied directly to their student account.

If you have any questions, please email Student Affairs @


Learn more about  Financial Aid.

Please see below the listing of scholarships for the 2019/2020 academic year.  By completing the SHP Online General Scholarship Application, applicants are considered for each of the scholarships which they are deemed eligible for. Some scholarships may require an additional personal statement (i.e. SHP Alumni Association Military/Veteran Appreciation scholarship and the PA Judith Yannariello scholarship).

Scholarship Name Criteria
Catherine and Kenneth T. Gill Memorial Endowed Scholarship Eligibility: part-time or full-time graduate or undergraduate student in psychiatric rehabilitation, entering their second year of study (or later) with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Also taken into consideration will be the student’s previous efforts and contributions to the lives of persons with serious mental illness in a paid, volunteer and/or student capacity.
Champions Endowed Scholarship Based on financial need and academic merit
Estate of Edith Richards Endowed Scholarship Standard SHP scholarship criteria
W. Paul Stillman Endowed Trust Fund Scholarship Standard SHP scholarship criteria
Stanley Bergen Endowed Scholarship Partial-tuition, based on academic excellence and some financial need, must be NJ resident and US citizen
Student Assistance Endowment (NJ Health Foundation Scholarship) Standard SHP scholarship criteria
Wells Fargo Bank Endowed Scholarships for Allied Health Professionals Standard SHP scholarship criteria
SHP Endowed Student Scholarship Scholarship is for full-time SHP students. Selected by a committee of SHP faculty, staff and alumni. Applicant must demonstrate financial need, academic merit and outstanding character.
SHP Alumni Association Military/Veteran Appreciation Scholarship Awarded to an SHP student who has served or is currently serving in the Military. Selection made by the SHP Alumni Association Executive Board.
SHP Scholarship Fund Standard SHP scholarship criteria
Estelle Maillet Memorial Scholarship Standard SHP scholarship criteria
SHP Department of Clinical and Preventive Nutrition Sciences – Part Time Scholarship For full or part-time Coordinated Dietetics (GPA of 3.0 or better from a dietetic technician program), MSCN, MSCN Entry Level or DCN students in good academic standing in the Department of Clinical and Preventive Nutrition Sciences. Two scholarships will be given each year, one undergraduate and one graduate.
Judith Yannariello, Ph. D Endowed Scholarship Scholarship for PA Students who will be in their second or third year  (Fall 2019 term). See details and criteria on the PA Scholarships tab above.
Dr. Joseph A. Schwenkler Scholarship Fund for PA Students Scholarship for PA Students who will be in their second or third year  (Fall 2019 term). See details and criteria on the PA Scholarships tab above.

*Scholarships subject to change


The 2018 deadline for SHP Dean’s Scholarship Applications has now passed.

All eligible students who have applied will be notified if awarded or not awarded by the first week of September.

For any questions in regards to the SHP Dean’s Scholarship, please email .

The Apartment Guide Scholarship will award two $2,500 scholarships for the Fall 2019 Semester. Information and applications are available at Applications are now open and will be accepted until April 12, 2019.

As housing, books, fees and study abroad costs can be major expenditures for students and their families, Apartment Guide is allowing the scholarship winners to use the funds for non-tuition costs if they so choose. All funds must go towards an education-related expense.

Healthline and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Stronger Scholarship – Deadline to Apply May 1st, 2019

This year’s scholarship is dedicated to the advancement of mental health, either through research, raising awareness, community building, or combating stigma. The program will award four students with a $5,000 scholarship each. This year, Healthline is dedicating its annual scholarship funds to four outstanding students (2 Graduate and 2 undergraduate) working to change the face — and future — of mental health.

Deadline to apply – May 1st, 2019

For more information regarding the scholarship (ie eligibility, criteria and how to apply) visit the scholarship website at

Questions about this scholarship? Please call (toll free) 1-855-670-4787.

AfterCollege scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate professionalism and a passion for their future careers. This means that we evaluate applicants’ profiles with the eye of a hiring manager.

Next Deadline: March 31st

AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship

$500 – Open to currently enrolled students in an accredited program, working toward a degree (AA, AS, BA, BS, MA, MS, MFA, PhD, MD, JD, etc.) in any discipline. Minimum 2.5 GPA.

AfterCollege Vocational & Trade Study Scholarship

$500 – Open to currently enrolled students working toward a certificate, diploma, associate’s or bachelor’s degree provided by a post-secondary institution such as a community college, career, vocational, or trade school. Fields of study may include (but are not limited to): IT, Web Development Programming, Business Management, Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Nurse Assistant, Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Mechanic, Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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Rutgers Physician Assistant Program
Student Service Learning Scholarship

The Rutgers SHP Physician Assistant Program is committed to facilitating service learning experiences for students that will nurture sensitivity to a broad range of cultures and backgrounds, promote empathy, instill social responsibility and expand and strengthen the individual’s sense of self. Another important consideration in service learning experiences is the lasting impact of the work undertaken by the experience participants on the local community.

In support of this, the program will annually award one $1,000 scholarship to a currently enrolled PA student to help offset expenses for a local, domestic or international service experience.

Applications will be blinded and reviewed by a panel (minimum of 3 people, comprised of at least two non-student members and one current student member of the PA Program Service Learning Committee) that will weigh the merits of the following components equally.

Submission Instructions

Please submit ONE document with the four (4) items listed below. EACH item should be numbered and on a NEW Page but in one editable WORD document.

  • Essay Submission – Please attach a 500-word (maximum) essay stating why you are motivated to undertake this experience and what you hope to accomplish, taking into account the health and wellness of the target population.
  • Sponsor Information – Please provide the sponsoring organization (if available), with link to their website and detailed information on what you will be doing during the experience, as well as your approximate travel dates (if applicable)
  • Costs – Please provide a table with estimated breakdown of total costs of the experience (travel, lodging, estimated food costs, insurance, etc.)
  • Resume/CV – Please attach your CV with all past service or volunteer experiences

 Additional information:

The experience must be completed within 12 months of award notification and occur while the individual is still an enrolled student. Should the student’s experience need to be cancelled after the scholarship award, all monies must be returned to the PA Program.

After completing the experience, award recipients will be required to submit a written reflection on their experience and to prepare and present a 30-minute overview about the experience to fellow students during annual National PA week activities in October.

Applicants must be in good standing and have a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average to apply.

Application timeline:

Application open (online):  January 31st, 2019

Application must be submitted online by February 25th, 2019

If you are interested in applying for this award, please complete and submit the application online.

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After many years as a biomedical researcher, at age 53 Judith Yannariello entered the PA Program in 2011 as a member of the class of 2014. A week into her second year in August, 2012, a visit to her PCP led to hospitalization and an eventual diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Judith had surgery in October followed by chemotherapy and radiation. She finished treatment the following May and returned to the PA program in August, 2013, joining the class of 2015.
GI symptoms reappeared in mid-fall and intensified as the semester went on. But with the support of the faculty and her great work ethic, Judith completed the didactic portion of the program and passed her comps in February, 2014. Her Pinning Ceremony was one of the proudest days of her life, which she celebrated with her husband, Jack Zamboni, and daughter, Coral Brown. Her radiant smile is remembered by everyone who knew her.

She started her first clinical rotation, but her symptoms increased and she was unable to complete the rotation. Recurrence of the cancer was confirmed in April, 2014 and she had to withdraw from the PA program. She enjoyed some quality time with her family that summer, but weakened in the fall and died on October 27, 2014. Though she was unable to complete the PA degree, she was conferred a Certificate of Completion of the didactic portion of the program on the day of her passing.

Judith left a lasting mark on her 2014 and 2015 classmates as well as the PA faculty. To her younger colleagues, she was their “class mom” who offered support and wisdom in dealing with the challenges of both the PA Program and daily life. Her perseverance in the face of adversity was an inspiration to all.
The Judith Yannariello, Ph.D Endowed Scholarship has been established by her family in memory of Judith. It is funded by contributions from her family, many friends, PA Program faculty and Judith’s classmates. Its purpose is to honor her courage, hard work and, above all, her generosity of spirit, and to continue her legacy in the PA Program by supporting students who reflect her character.


In order to be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a student in good academic standing in the second or third year of the Rutgers Physician Assistant Program.
  • Demonstrate financial need through submission of financial aid record.
  • Demonstrate academic effort in his or her own studies.
  • Demonstrate an unselfish commitment to assisting other students academically and personally.
  • Demonstrate a caring and supportive influence on other members of the class.
  • Communicate an interest to work in primary care as a physician assistant.

The applicant should complete and submit the online SHP General Scholarship Application (indicating interest in the Judith Yannariello scholarship), complete the FAFSA with Financial Aid, submit an essay highlighting how he or she meets the above criteria.

Application deadline has been extended to June 15th, 2019 – Submitted via the SHP General Scholarship Application

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Joe Schwenkler

Dr. Joseph A. Schwenkler was a family physician for nearly 40 years and Medical Director for the Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program for 10 years until his passing in 2015. Dr. Schwenkler made an unprecedented impact on the integration of PAs into the medical community of New Jersey. He piloted one of the first family practice settings to utilize PAs and continued to advocate for the profession on a State and National platform through the New Jersey Society for Physician Assistants (NJSSPA) and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).

“Dr. Joe,” as he was endearingly referred to, also had a passion for technology and its impact on the advancement of medical care. Not only was he a founding partner of two successful local practices in Hunterdon County, he pioneered utilization of Electronic Medical Records, writing code for early versions of their system. Clearly a physician ahead of his time, he saw the transformational impact of electronic health records in reforming quality of care, patient safety, productivity and improved efficiency.

During his tenure as Medical Director of the PA Program, he became a champion for Interprofessional Education (IPE). In alignment with his support for PAs, Dr. Joe was instrumental in supervising a faculty-run volunteer clinic, allowing members of the community access to care from a team of professionals, including pharmacy and nutrition, through a primary care platform. He advocated for IPE and spearheaded the first school-wide IPE event, involving over 300 students from 10 different disciplines coming together and learning teamwork, roles, communication and ethics.

He completed a BS in Physician Assistant at Rutgers followed by his MD from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed a residency at Hunterdon Medical Center.

Dr. Joe was widely beloved by his students as he had been by his former patients, and led the education of hundreds of Physician Assistants now serving communities across the country. He was dedicated to improving the health of the community by advancing the education and training of physician assistants.


  1. Be a student in good academic standing in the second or third year of the SHP Physician Assistant Program (as of Fall 2019).
  2. Demonstrate financial need through submission of the financial aid record (FAFSA)
  3. Demonstrate effort to advocate for the PA profession
  4. Reflect on the role of interprofessional practice and/or technology in addressing the needs of the patient, the practice, or the community.

Scholarship Process:

The applicant should complete and submit the online SHP General Scholarship Application (indicating interest in the Joseph A. Schwenkler scholarship), complete the FAFSA with Financial Aid, submit an essay highlighting how he or she meets the above criteria.

Application deadline has been extended to June 15th, 2019 – Submitted via the SHP General Scholarship Application

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ASAHP Scholarship of Excellence – Call for SHP Student Nominations

Deadline Extended to May 12, 2019

The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions in partnership with CastleBranch sponsors a scholarship program for allied health students enrolled in its member schools.

Purpose: The purpose of the scholarship program is to recognize outstanding students in the allied health professions who are achieving excellence in their academic programs and have significant potential to assume future leadership roles in the allied health professions. The selected student will receive a $1,000 scholarship.


The following criteria must be met to be eligible to receive an ASAHP Scholarship:

  1. Candidates must be enrolled and in good standing as a matriculated student at SHP while have successfully completed at least one term (as of end of Spring 2019).

Financial need is not a criterion for eligibility.

Nomination Process:

Applicants will submit their application online and will be required to attach the following:

  • Current resume/CV
  • A one-page (not to exceed 200 words) typewritten essay from the nominee that addresses why she/he selected the health profession for which she/he is enrolled and what unique contributions she/he intends to make to the community’s health (Microsoft Word format).

The School of Health Professions will then select and nominate one candidate for consideration to ASAHP where a select group of members (e.g., ASAHP Past-Presidents or Members of the Board of Directors) who will make a determination of which students will be selected to receive scholarships.

Email SHP Students Affairs with any questions regarding this scholarship @