Ruth Webb Award

Ruth Webb was a pioneer of her time, being the first female, African American PA Program Director in 1981. In addition to her love of educating future PAs, Webb was a vocal advocate of the profession, serving in numerous organizations to advance PAs everywhere. At the local level, she was a founding member of the LA County Join Practice Advisory Council on NPs and PAs. Her work attracted the recognition of then California governor, Jerry Brown, who appointed her Vice Chair to the Board of Medical Quality Assurance (now the Medical Board of California). But she did not stop at her home state. Her efforts to bring diversity to the whole of the profession culminated in her leadership role as Secretary/Treasurer of the AAPA Minority Affairs Committee. Through the end of her professional days, she continued to work tirelessly to enhance recognition of the King/Drew Medical Center (now Martin Luther King, Jr., Outpatient Center) and the PA profession.

Recipients of the Ruth Webb Minority Scholarship are minority PA students who have demonstrated not only excellent academic stranding, but also participate in activities or programs that promote or advance the PA profession. If you are a minority student enrolled in a California PA school with a Student category membership within CAPA, you may be eligible to apply for this $2,000 scholarship. Please follow the eligibility and application below.



Eligibility Requirements
Applicants of the Ruth Webb Diversity Scholarship must:

  • Self-describe their background as African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Alaskan Native, Native American, LatinX, and/or LGBTQIAP+
  • Be a California resident
  • Be a student enrolled in a California ARC-PA or successor agency-approved PA program
  • Be a CAPA Student Member
  • Maintain good academic standing within their PA program, as defined and confirmed by the PA Program Director
  • Demonstrate financial need, in the form of receiving program or general financial assistance
  • Mark check box on application confirming 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. Applicants may apply for and receive 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
    • Explanation of why diversity is important to the PA profession o
    • Personal and professional goals
    • Why you believe you should be awarded this scholarship
• Financial statements demonstrating receipt of support from your school Financial Aid Office or other entity. All statements will be handled and kept confidentially.
• Confirmation letter from PA Program Director of your academic standing.

Scholarships submissions and enclosures must be emailed to danielle@capanet.org with the subject line: Ruth Webb Diversity Scholarship Applicant. Applicants must be CAPA members. The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2021