Joseph Grassino, a student in the physician assistant (PA) program in the Doisy College of Health Sciences, has been awarded the annual David W. Wagner Scholarship for the Class of 2011.
The endowed scholarship honors David Wagner who was a member of the first class of PA students at SLU. Later he became a SLU PA program faculty member then he served as program director and department chair from 1980 until his untimely death in 1993.
Wagner inspired excellence in students and faculty through his leadership, professionalism and service. He was intelligent, warm and caring and was dedicated to quality education and the support and success of SLU PA students. He was well aware of the financial burden of students and would be pleased to know that his name is associated with helping PA students achieve their goals.
The David W. Wagner Scholarship, awarded to clinical year PA students who demonstrate academic and professional potential along with financial need, was established in his memory by his family, friends and PA Program graduates.
SLU's physician assistant program is a 27-month master's degree program. A physician assistant is a health care professional licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. For more information, visit the program's website.