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The Captain Sean P. Grimes Physician Assistant Educational Scholarship Award

CPT Sean P. Grimes 29 May 1973-4 March 2005CPT Sean P. Grimes was born on 29 May 1973 in Pontiac, Michigan to Donald and Mary Grimes. After high school, he served in the Army Reserve as a medic in an aviation unit. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1997 with a degree in Nursing and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps.

CPT Grimes’ first assignment was to Germany where he served for over three years as a Critical Care Nurse. While in Germany he deployed for six months to Kosovo where he served as an assistant head nurse. After his time in Europe he decided to broaden his skills and attended the Military Physician Assistant (PA) program and then reported to Korea in 2003. CPT Grimes served in Korea with 6-37 Field Artillery as their PA and also served for a time as the DIVARTY Surgeon. When the announcement was made that 1-9 would deploy,  he volunteered to join the Manchus and serve as the battalion physician assistant for the deployment.

CPT Grimes was a brilliant practitioner of medicine. In addition to his broad base of skills and experience in the medical field, his personality made him even more effective. He had a great sense of humor and was dedicated to his friends and family. He was a man of the world who loved foreign travel and constantly sought out new experiences. He was always upbeat and positive and one could never leave a conversation with him without feeling happier.

CPT Grimes’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (Posthumous), the Purple Heart (Posthumous), the Army Commendation Medal, The Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Combat Medic Badge, Aviator Crewman’s wings, Basic Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He is survived by his parents, his brother Donald, and his sister Mary. A scholarship fund has been established in his honor by his family in conjunction with the AAPA and SAPA.

Three $1,000 annual scholarship grants to SAPA members or dependents of SAPA members. Please submit applications by February 1st of each scholarship cycle year.

Please download and complete the scholarship application and mail to:

SAPA Scholarship
CPT Sean P. Grimes Physician Assistant Educational Scholarship Award
PO Box 4068
Waynesville, Mo 65583



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