James Delaney Award

James Delaney is a trailblazer in the PA profession. Over the last 40 years PA Delaney has navigated the unknown world of being a PA, from being a part of the first graduating class of USC’s PA program to being the very first PA hired at Kaiser Permanente. Through Delaney’s high level of patient care, collaboration, and professionalism he has proved that PAs are a vital part of our healthcare system. He has spent his career giving back through various leaderships positions, such as CAPA president, President of the PA Foundation Board of Trustees, and several others. PA Delaney has helped shape the PA profession we see today.

Recipients of the James Delaney Scholarship are PA students with a passion for exceptional patient care, volunteer leadership, and advocacy. If you are a student enrolled in a California PA school with a Student or Interim Student category membership within CAPA, you may be eligible to apply for this $2,000 scholarship. Please follow the eligibility and application requirements below. 
Eligibility Requirements 

Applicants of the James Delaney Award must: 

  • Be a California resident 
  • Be a student enrolled in a California ARC-PA or successor agency-approved PA program 
  • Be a CAPA Student or Interim Student Member 
  • Maintain good academic standing within their PA program, as defined and confirmed by the PA Program Director in a letter
  • Demonstrate financial need, in the form of receiving program or general financial assistance (attach documentation in email with application)
  • Confirm on the scholarship application intent to practice medicine as a PA, take the NCCPA Board examination within 60 days after graduation, and serve as a CAPA volunteer leader for at least one year within five years of graduation
Application Enclosures: 
  • CAPA Student Scholarship Application. Complete and be sure to indicate in the application which scholarship you are applying for. While applicants may apply to multiple CAPA and CAPA Foundation scholarships, they will be awarded only one scholarship. Past recipients of CAPA or CAPA Foundation scholarships ineligible to apply.
  • Essay (MS Word or PDF format) that encompasses the following:
    • Description of activities you performed to promote the PA profession, e.g. involvement in your community, your school, a student organization, or CAPA
    • Why you think it is important to promote the PA profession
    • Personal and professional goals
    • Why you would like to be a leader in the PA Profession
  • Financial statements demonstrating receipt of support from your school Financial Aid Office or other entity. All statements will be handled and kept confidential.
  • Confirmation letter from the PA Program Director of your academic standing.
2023 Scholarship Applications Now Open. Click Here to Download the Application.

Scholarship submissions and enclosures must be emailed to danielle@capanet.org by Friday, December 16, 2022.