OAPA is a full time advocate and supporter of both aspiring and practicing PAs in Ohio.   Students are the future of our profession, so we work hard to insure that OAPA student memberships help aspiring PAs accelerate their careers and ultimately achieve their career ambitions.
How do we support student members of the association?  We host an annual student conference whose content is focused on helping students transition from their academic environment to their ultimate field of practice.  We offer a mentoring program that provides one-on-one interaction with practicing PAs in a wide range of disciplines.  And we even offer scholarships based on academic achievement, community involvement and leadership qualities.

The association is active in improving PA practice in Ohio through legislative advocacy, offering continuing education for PAs, providing public education on the profession and building relationships with physician organizations.  All this to make sure that the PA profession in Ohio is thriving and ready for you.

OAPA values student input and to that end ou are invited to contribute to all association activities.  Early involvement benefits you and OAPA. 

Not an OAPA student member?  Dues for 1st year students are free for one year and dues for 2nd year students are $25 for three years - both years in school and first year in practice.  Student members receive a reduced or free registration to the student conference and are eligible for a mentor and to apply for scholarships.  Join OAPA Today!


OAPA will find a mentor for students and recent grads.  You must be a current member of OAPA.  Mentors can be assigned by region, specialty or specialty within a region.

Contact the OAPA office at to be assigned a mentor.



Student scholarships are awarded at the OAPA Annual Conference.

There are three categories: General Scholarships, Past Presidents Leadership Scholarship and Diversity Scholarships.

The General Scholarships are selected from students who submit applications outlining why they chose the PA profession, what their future plans are as a PA and what interests and activities they have outside the classroom.

The Past Presidents Leadership Scholarship is awarded by the OAPA Past Presidents Council. Applicants possess the characteristics of what the Council envisions in a future leader within the profession and have vision and a high degree of faith and confidence in themselves to attain these visions. They are to become the spokesperson of the profession. They are self-motivated and able to communicate to their peers their expectations.

The Diversity Scholarship is awarded by the OAPA Diversity Committee. Diversity in healthcare is becoming increasingly recognized an essential component of delivering quality, patient centered care. A personalized approach to patient care encounters can significantly improve health outcomes aided by recognizing the diverse qualities of medical providers and the individuals they care for.  The Diversity Scholarships are in response to these goals.

2018 Scholarships

Applications are available for the 2018 student scholarships.  Three General scholarships and  one Diversity scholarship will be awarded and one Past Presidents Leadership scholarship will be awarded.  You must be a member of OAPA and AAPA for a minimum of 3 months to be eligible to apply.  Deadline for application is September 5, 2018.

General Scholarship Application

Diversity Scholarship Application

Past Presidents Leadership Scholarship Application

Program Director Attestation


Mentoring Program

If you would like to have a mentor, please contact the OAPA office at