AAAA Diversity Scholarship

AAAA is dedicated to developing an inclusive profession for people of all backgrounds to pursue their passion for patient care. To accomplish this, we established a new scholarship designed to enhance opportunities within the CAA profession.

Application Process


Applicants must submit an essay and complete the form above by July 15 for inclusion. The essay topic is chosen by AAAA leadership and is unique each year. We will notify you upon receipt of your complete application.

You do not need to be a AAAA member to apply. The scholarship is available for any minority or disadvantaged student applying to or attending an Anesthesiologist Assistant program.

Grading and Scoring


Volunteer CAAs and AAAA leadership will evaluate each application using a pre-determined rubric in a blind review process to ensure fairness.

The grading process may require two rounds:

  • If a second round is required, the highest-scoring applications from round one will advance to round two. The number of applications that advance will be determined by the number of scholarships AAAA is awarding.

  • In round two, the volunteers will grade applications they have not seen before.

  • Grading of round two depends on the essay submission. The AAAA staff will develop a separate grading rubric.

Eligibility Requirements


To qualify for this scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • A person of any ethnic minority group(s) including but not limited to Latinos (including Puerto Ricans), African Americans, Asian Americans, Arab and other Middle Eastern Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawai’ians and other Pacific Islanders, and Alaska Natives pursuing a career as a certified anesthesiologist assistant.*

  • Completion of all pre-requisite coursework & application requirements to the AA program of their choice

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.3


*According to the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), "Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.“ In fact, before 2003, the AAMC defined historically "underrepresented minority” (URM), as Blacks, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans (that is, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians), and mainland Puerto Ricans.


All applicants will be notified of the results regardless of whether or not they are chosen. The winning applicants must supply their program’s information, a photograph, and a short bio to be featured in the Anesthesia Record.


Association of American Medical Colleges. Diversity and Inclusion. Underrepresented in Medicine Definition.

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