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Accepting Grit Scholar Applications

Applications to become a Grit Scholar are now being accepted.  Those that apply by Sunday, May 15, 2022 will receive priority.

Informational Sessions

Informational sessions about the Grit Scholars program will be held on April 13 at noon via Zoom. 

Register for April 13

Early Assurance Program for Physician Assistant Studies

In 2020, the Physician Assistant Program received a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to increase the recruitment of PA students who intend to work and live in rural areas after PA school. The Early Assurance Program was created for ISU undergraduate students during their junior and senior years to prepare them for admittance to the ISU Physician Assistant Program. Post-baccalaureate students from ISU are also welcome to apply. Each recipient will receive academic guidance and professional mentorship from faculty and alumni. Recipients are also offered a seat in the PA program upon successful completion of the EAP award requirements.

The five-year grant, titled: Increasing the Grit and Effectiveness of Rural Physician Assistants, is under the direction of Paula Phelps, MHE, PA-C, professor and associate program director. If you would like more information, please contact Valentín García at or review the commonly asked questions below. 

What is the Early Assurance Program for Physician Assistant Studies?

Who is eligible for EAP?

How can I apply?

What is the application process?

What are the post-acceptance requirements?

Why Become a Physician Assistant?

For more information, please contact:

Valentín García

Grant Project Coordinator

(208) 373-1830


Kallee Valentine

Admissions Director

(208) 282-5473

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,420,485 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit


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