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BrightLife Direct is awarding a scholarship of $1,000 to a student currently enrolled full-time in an occupational therapy, physical therapy (PT) or a physical therapy assistant (PTA) program. All PT and PTA programs must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). All Occupational Therapy programs must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
Outstanding PT Student and PTA Student Awards - To identify a student physical therapist and student physical therapist assistant member with exceptional overall accomplishments and contributions to APTA, the Student Assembly, and the physical therapy profession. The outstanding student physical therapist will receive a $1000 scholarship. The outstanding student physical therapist assistant will receive a $500 scholarship.
Mary McMillan Scholarship Award - An award of $5,000 will be granted to each physical therapist professional education student recipient and $3,000 to each physical therapist assistant education student recipient. Student recipients will receive certificates presented by APTA's Board of Directors at the NEXT Conference and Exposition and the monetary awards will be mailed prior to the conference. An official announcement will appear in an association publication.
The Minority Scholarship Award recognizes physical therapy students currently in their final year of an accredited program, and faculty members who are pursuing post professional doctoral degrees for their professional character and academic excellence. These awards are sponsored by the Minority Scholarship Fund and voluntary contributions.
American Academy of Physical Therapy Scholarships - Annually, the American Academy of Physical Therapy awards multiple scholarships for up to $2,500 each to outstanding students who are currently enrolled full-time in an entry-level degree PT or PTA program in the U.S. that has been properly accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Applicants must show evidence of excellence in academic achievement, true concern for the healthcare of minority communities, and participation in related community activities.
Dr. Alvin and Monica Saake Foundation Scholarship - Administered through the Hawaii Community Foundation, the Dr. Alvin and Monica Saake Foundation Scholarship is presented annually for $1,000 to junior, senior, or graduate students who are currently enrolled full-time in an accredited degree program for kinesiology, leisure science, physical education, athletic training, exercise science, sports medicine, physical therapy, or occupational therapy. Qualified candidates must be Hawaii residents, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better, and demonstrate financial need.
IHS Health Professions Scholarship Program - Created by the Indian Health Service (IHS), the Health Professions Scholarship Program provides tuition assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate or graduate students who are currently enrolled full-time in an eligible health profession degree program, including physical therapy. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens, be members of a federally recognized tribe or village, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and sign a minimum two-year service commitment to practicing at an Indian health facility.
Linda Craig Memorial Scholarship Program - Sponsored by the NBA Indiana Pacers Foundation, the Linda Craig Memorial Scholarship Program distributes $2,000 annual awards to undergraduate students currently enrolled in an accredited Indiana institution with an academic major in medicine, sports medicine, physical therapy, and/or other related fields. Qualified applicants must be U.S. citizens, have completed at least four semesters of college studies, possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and exhibit outstanding character and integrity.
Olive C. Farr Scholarship Award for Physical Therapy - Annually, the Iowa Physical Therapy Foundation presents the Olive C. Farr Scholarship Award for Physical Therapy for $500 to student members of the APTA who are currently pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from an accredited institution in Iowa and have concluded the first year of the entry-level professional education program. Candidates must submit a current transcript, typed resume with cover letter on professional accomplishments, and letter of recommendation on their clinical performance.
Wright and Filippis Family Scholarship Program - Funded by Michigan’s largest provider of home healthcare products and services to improve the lives of persons with disabilities, the Wright and Filippis Family Scholarship Program is administered through the Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) to provide annual scholarships to students in their final year of an accredited physical therapy program within Michigan. Along with the application, candidates must submit an official college transcript, attach at least two recommendations, and participate in an interview.