Physician Assistant Student Named National Health Service Corps Scholar

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies is pleased to announce that Veronika Speedwell, class of 2018, has been named a National Health Service Corps Scholar in her first year of the program.

Speedwell is passionate in her dedication to helping Chicago’s underserved communities and strives to provide advocacy and outreach to improve health care services for those who need it most. Her path towards becoming a physician assistant includes work as a physical therapy aide, a personal health trainer and an education coordinator for various health training events.

The National Health Service Corps Scholar award is the latest among Speedwell’s personal achievements. She is a graduate of the inaugural Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, class of 2015. This unique program is part of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s College to Careers initiative program, linking students from the City Colleges of Chicago to training for careers in the health professions. She is also Rush’s only non-medical student recipient of the National Health Service Corps Scholar award.

The National Health Service Corps scholarship is a competitive federal award given to students with demonstrated interest in being primary health care providers to patients in designated health professional shortage areas. The scholarship will provide Speedwell with education and living support during her training in exchange for a minimum of two years of service in a high-need community upon graduation.

In receiving this award, Speedwell affirms her dedication to caring for the underrepresented in our community and of being part of change for the better for the needy in Chicago.