Paul S. Robinson Award

The Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants sponsors the Paul S. Robinson Award in honor of Paul S. Robinson, PA-C – a long-time colleague, enduring supporter and admired leader.

Richly deserving of the many positions and appointments he held throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Robinson was elected the AAPA President‐Elect shortly before his untimely death in November 2008.

Mr. Robinson’s unwavering support, leadership, encouragement and membership in the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants will be forever remembered – and honored by this award.

It’s our aim to select an award recipient who exemplifies the character, integrity and dedication to emergency medicine, leadership and professionalism that Mr. Robinson exemplified.

The Paul S. Robinson Award is a total of $3,000 for education. The scholarship will be awarded to two (2) recipients at $1,500 each.


To be eligible for the Paul S. Robinson Award you must be:

  • A SEMPA member
  • A student in good standing of an ARC-PA accredited PA training program or a student in a postgraduate emergency medicine training program.
  • In your final year of training


To be nominated for the award, you may:

  • Self-nominate
  • Be nominated by Program Director, Postgraduate training program director or any member of the faculty of the program

Nominations are made by completing and submitting the Paul S. Robinson Memorial Award application materials.


Nominees must submit the following materials to SEMPA to be considered for award of the Paul S. Robinson Award:

  • Completed application form 
  • Letter of endorsement from your program’s director that includes declaration that you are in good standing with the training program. Some indication of the applicant’s academic performance should be included such as overall GPA while in the PA Program, class ranking, academic awards and clinical rotation evaluations.
  • A current CV
  • A written narrative statement that is no more than two pages that addresses your dedication to emergency medicine, leadership and humanism and how you will be using the scholarship funds.
  • A letter of recommendation from a peer, colleague, co-worker, clinical preceptor or other faculty addressing the tenets of professionalism, leadership, and humanistic qualities. More than one letter is acceptable.
  • A summary of any leadership positions held within your program, community, and/or service to other medical organizations. Include any pertinent information on extent and duration of service or leadership position held.
  • A brief description of any community service in which you’ve been involved in.  This can include activities prior to and during your training program. Some examples include: tutoring, underserved clinics, fund raising events, etc.

All required materials must be included with your submission and they must be complete.

Applications must be sent to SEMPA:

ATTN: Paul Robinson Award
224 West State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608

Electronic submissions, which must include all the required materials, can be sent to:

Deadline for submission is by 11:59 pm (Central Standard Time) on November 30.

Electronic submissions must be sent to SEMPA by 11:59 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on November 30. Submissions mailed to SEMPA must be postmarked by November 30.


The SEMPA Award Committee will evaluate applications in each of the following categories:

  • Initial review of completed applications by the SEMPA Award Committee Chair to ensure eligibility and suitability of the application. Applications are reviewed by SEMPA staff or Award Committee to ensure all instructions have been followed and supporting documentation is included.
  • Applications will then be reviewed and scored by members of the SEMPA Award Committee, including ad hoc members as needed.
  • Notification of award will be by no later than the end of February.