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Physician Assistants who practice in Orthopaedics

Susan Lindahl Memorial Scholarship

PAOS Scholarship

The Susan Lindahl Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998. Susan, the wife of our founding president Joe Lindahl, passed away following a struggle with a brain tumor in 1997. This scholarship fund was established in her honor of the sacrifices Susan and Joe underwent getting the PAOS off the ground and sustaining the organization in the early years. The establishment of this memorial scholarship fund was to cultivate and attract young physician assistant students into the field of orthopaedics. Initially, one $500 scholarship was awarded to an outstanding second year PA student. This award has grown over the past 15 years, and funds permitting, will be $2500 for two (2) scholarships this year. Each year during the Annual PAOS CME Conference, PAOS will honor each recipient with their scholarship award. The PAOS hopes that this scholarship will attract deserving students who are considering a career in orthopaedics.  Effective 8/1/2014, the Susan Lindahl Memorial Scholarship Fund is now a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible. 

Make a Donation!


The deadline for this year's scholarship application is June 15th 2015.


  • Must be a current PA student in a current CAAHEA/CAAHEP or ARC-PA approved program
  • Must be a first year student entering your second year or a second year student with an interest in an orthopaedic career
  • A letter of reference from your PA Program Director
  • Two (2) reference letters from current/prior professors OR Orthopaedic surgeon/PA with direct knowledge of prior work history in the field of orthopaedics
  • Cover letter stating your interest in orthopaedics, including prior education, work experience, other supporting activities
  • Coversheet that includes:
    • Name
    • E-mail address
    • PA Program attending
    • Anticipated Graduation date
    • Prior education

All requirements to be sent to:



If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at http://www.paos.org/sites/default/files/images/scholarship.jpg.

Gary Sakryd, MS, ATC, PA-C
PAOS Scholarship Committee Chair


Congratulations to our 2014 Scholarship Winners: Each winner received a $2,500.00 scholarship award

  • Cristin Henry, PA-S (Medical University of South Carolina)
  • Kristen Elizabeth Downing, PA-S (Marietta College)

Congratulations to our 2013 Scholarship Winners: Each winner received a $1,500.00 scholarship award

  • Laura Behr, PA-S (Rush University)
  • Krista Niezwaag, PA-S (Marquette University)

Congratulations to our 2012 Scholarship Winners: Each winner received a $1,000.00 scholarship award

  • Bridget Barron, PA-S (Pacific University)
  • Matthew Cole, PA-S (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Jackson Ferguson, PA-S (Oregon Health & Science University)

Congratulations to our 2011 Scholarship Winners: Each winner received a $1,000.00 scholarship award

  • Dalan Garcia, PA-S (Western University of Health Sciences)
  • Sheela Patel, PA-S (Kettering College of Medial Arts)
  • Nicole McAlvin-Reichart, PA-S (Albany Medical College)

Congratulations to our 2010 Scholarship Winners: Each winner received a $1,000.00 scholarship award

  • Martin Stancil, PA-S (Emory University)
  • Shannon Dugan, PA-S (Emory University)
  • Luis Garcia, PA-S (Duke University)

Congratulations to our 2009 Scholarship Winners: Each winner received a $1,000.00 scholarship award

  • Kate Gumersell, PA-S (Drexel University)
  • Karen Polchinski, PA-S (Philadelphia University)
  • Daniel Thrush, PA-S (Arcadia University)