Three USD PA students receive national scholarships

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Three students from The University of South Dakota, Corey Anderson of Gayville, S.D., Jennifer Thielen of Rapid City, S.D., and Amber Wolter of Wolsey, S.D., have been awarded national scholarships from the Physician Assistant Foundation. They were among 77 students across the country honored for their academic excellence, commitment to community service and delivery of quality health care.

Anderson, the son of Brain and Ruth Anderson, is a graduate of South Dakota State University where he obtained his undergraduate and graduate degree in health promotion/exercise physiology with a minor in health science. He is a first-year physician assistant student in the didactic phase of The U’s PA program, which consists of 14 months of classroom and lab experience. Anderson is scheduled to begin the clinical phase, 14 months of supervised clinical experience, in October. Corey is married to Christen Anderson and a photo of him is available for download at

Thielen, a graduate of Northern State University, obtained her undergraduate degrees in secondary education, biology and environmental science. She is currently in the clinical phase of The U’s PA program and is scheduled to graduate in December. A photo of Jennifer is available for download at

Wolter, the daughter of Randy and Valerie Brodersen, is a graduate of Black Hills State University where she obtained her undergraduate degree in chemistry with a minor in biology. She is currently in the didactic phase, 14 months of classroom and lab experience, of USD’s Physician Assistant Program. She is scheduled to begin the clinical phase in October. Amber and her husband, Steve, and her son, Jesse, will be re-locating to the area of Mitchell, S.D., where she will carry out her clinical rotations in surrounding hospitals and clinics. A photograph of Amber is available for download at

USD’s PA program selects students based upon their experience, academic standing and character. Part of the curriculum encourages a service learning component where students become engaged in helping the underserved and practice their newly-learned clinical skills. The Physician Assistant Foundation has provided more than $2.4 million to more than 1,200 PA students.