Scholarship

  • Fisher Scholarship (DPTIII) ‡

    Purpose: To honor and acknowledge an DPT student preparing to enter the 3rd year who demonstrates empathy for the patient’s perspective, the ability to integrate knowledge from a variety of sources and apply it in new and innovative ways, and the potential to contribute to the advancement of clinical practice.

    Eligibility/Criteria - The individual must:

    1. Demonstrate the characteristics found in an expert clinician as illustrated by the patient care and teaching of Beth Fisher.

    2. Complete a 750-word essay expressing the individual's perspective on the practice of physical therapy and description of exemplary patient care and plan to contribute to the progression of physical therapy practice.

    3. Submit 3 letters of reference that speak to the applicant’s personal characteristics, clinical abilities, and potential to contribute to the profession.

    4. Demonstrate a financial need.

    5. Demonstrate scholastic achievement as evidenced by a minimum GPA of 3.2.
     

    Procedure for Nomination:

    1. Qualified applicants should submit an application to the Division’s front office by the first Friday of June.

    2. A selection committee chaired by Dr. Beth Fisher will review applications.

     



      Sykes Family

    Sykes Family Scholarship for Pediatric Physical Therapy

    This scholarship is awarded annually to a physical therapy student who is planning a career in pediatric physical therapy. The award is given to a student at the completion of the second year in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT). The scholarship is named after Dr. Tracy Sykes (USC ’98) and her family. Dr. Sykes graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and has been a member of the Division’s Board of Councilors since 2004. The Sykes family created the endowed “Sykes Family Chair in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Health and Development” in 2009

    Criteria:

     1. Candidate demonstrates a commitment to and promise of contributing to pediatric physical therapy based on academic and clinical performance.

    2. 3.2 minimum GPA after the spring semester, year 2 of the DPT program

    3. Successful completion of all clinical experiences in years 1 & 2; a pediatric clinical experience during years 1 & 2 is not required.

    4. Completion of an essay (due May 1) which includes answers to the following questions:

    • What is the foundation of my interest in pediatric physical therapy?
    • What professional impact will I have on the lives of children and their families?

    Assignment to a full-time clerkship in pediatrics in Year 3 of the DPT program is required.

    Procedure for Nomination:

    1. Self-nomination from students

    2. Academic faculty (full-time, adjunct) sykes scholarship application  

    3. Clinical faculty

    Announcement:

    The student selected will be notified by July 1 and will then work with the Director of Clinical Education to determine the pediatric clerkship placement. The scholarship recipient will be announced at the White Coat Ceremony

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    Kathleen Bice Clinical Excellence Scholarship


    The Kathleen Bice Clinical Excellence Scholarship recognizes a Doctor of Physical Therapy student entering the third year of the program, who has demonstrated excellence in patient care delivery. This scholarship is awarded to the student who has demonstrated an exceptional understanding of clinical skills in the classroom, and who has cared for his or her patients in a mindful and creative way - taking into consideration the patient’s family and home environments, needs and wants, limitations and expectations. Most importantly, this scholarship recognizes a student who is able to foster relationships with patients to build trust and further their rehabilitation.

    Eligibility/Criteria - The individual must:

    1. Demonstrate the characteristics found in an expert, caring clinician.

    2. Complete a 500-word essay that reflects on an experience the applicant has had with a patient in which they developed a treatment plan that took into consideration the patient’s needs, abilities, family and home environment.

    3. Submit 1 letter of reference that speaks to the applicant’s personal characteristics, clinical abilities, and ability to connect with patients to enhance rehabilitation.

    4. Demonstrate scholastic achievement as evidenced by a minimum GPA of 3.0.


    Procedure for Nomination:

    1. Qualified applicants should submit an application to the Division’s front office by the first Friday of June.

    2. A selection committee will review applications.

     


    † Award presented at the Spring Graduation Divisional Awards Ceremony
    ‡ Award or Scholarship presented at the Fall Convocation Divisional Awards Ceremony