CHRIS FLOYD AIMS TO BE MORE THAN A PHYSICAL THERAPIST. He hopes to be a role model.
“In many L.A. neighborhoods, there is a lack of positive role models for young minority boys and girls,” he says. “I think it’s important for people like me to serve as an example so they see that this can be a possibility for them, too.”
Last fall, Floyd was one of two students to receive the PTMLA scholarship, awarded annually to first-year minority students who exemplify qualities of leadership, community involvement and academic excellence.
And while the $3,500 was a boon for his tuition bill, the scholarship’s intangible benefits resonated even more.
“Receiving the award reinforced my passion for giving back to the communities around me and gave me more confidence in feeling like I belonged and could be successful in the program,” he says.