Butler third-year student Sarah Soltis has received the first Outstanding Physician Assistant Student scholarship given by the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA).

Amelia Turner, left, and Sarah Soltis.

Amelia Turner, left, and Sarah Soltis.

Second-year Physician Assistant (PA) student Amelia Turner was named top finalist behind Soltis in the competition, which was open to IAPA student members with a grade-point average of 3.3 or better. Applicants were also evaluated on a personal essay and their achievements in leadership and involvement in service activities.

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Soltis obtained her undergraduate degree in pharmacy health sciences from Butler in 2013. She expects to receive her Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree in May 2014, and is currently spending 40-80 hours per week in clinical rotations, working with veteran physician assistants or physicians in various medical specialties.

Soltis recently completed an emergency medicine rotation at Community North Hospital, Indianapolis. She will begin an obstetrics rotation in Muncie, Ind., in November.

Turner is from Evansville, Ind. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (2011) and a master’s degree in cellular and integrative physiology from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (2012).

She anticipates completing a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree at Butler in 2015. Turner is the current president of her PA class and past class secretary/treasurer, as well as treasurer of the PA Club. She was recognized as a Butler Top 100 Student for 2012-2013 and inducted into Phi Kappa Phi national academic honorary society in March 2013.

She recently coauthored an article titled “Multiple Sclerosis: A Review of the Disease and Treatment Options” with assistant professors of physician assistant studies Daniel Sturm and Samuel Gurevitz. The article has been submitted for publication.