Physical Therapy Scholarships


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Funding your physical therapy degree can be challenging. To help you, we have compiled a list of dozens of physical therapy and health care specific scholarships and loan repayment programs that you can apply to. Each scholarship is offered at the state or national level, so that you don’t have to sift through school specific scholarships. Remember to also check your school website to see if they offer any scholarships that you can apply to. If you are aware of any additional scholarship opportunities that should be on this list, please let us know!

Last Updated 7/15/19

 

National Physical Therapy Scholarships

 

Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Outstanding PT Student Award

Amount: Unknown

Description: For students demonstrating interest in the field of geriatric physical therapy and are enrolled in an accredited DPT program.


AMBUCS Scholarship Program for Therapists

Amount: Up to $6,000

Description: For graduate students enrolled in a graduate physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech pathology program.


American Academy of Physical Therapy

Amount: Up to $2,500

Description: For PT and PTA students in their final year of training. Selection places an importance on contributing to minority affairs.


APTA Outstanding Physical Therapy Student Award

Amount: Up to $1,000

Description: For PT and PTA students in their final year of school who are APTA members.


Daughters of the American Revolution Physical/Occupational Therapy Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Description: For students accepted to or enrolled in an accredited PT or OT program.


Employee Incentive Scholarship Program

Amount: Up to $39,500 over 3 years

Description: For employees of the US Department of Veterans Affairs pursuing a degree in health care. Recipients must continue to work for the department for 1-3 years after degree completion.


IHS Health Professions Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Description: This scholarship is for American Indians and Alaska Natives who are pursuing a degree full time in a health profession. They must have a 2.0 GPA, practice at an Indian health facility for 2 years following graduation, and be US citizens who are members of a tribe or village that is federally recognized.


International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons Health Careers Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: This scholarship is for US citizens in various health fields. PT students must have completed 2 years of study.


Katherine H. Dilley Scholarship Fund

Amount: $1,000

Description: This scholarship is for students studying physical or occupational therapy at an accredited Arizona college or university.


Mary McMillan Scholarship Award

Amount: $5,000

Description: This scholarship is for students in their last year at an accredited PT or PTA program


Minority Scholarship Award

Amount: Varies

Description: For minority PT students who are US citizens in their final year of schooling and have shown a commitment to minority affairs.


VA National Education for Employees Program

Amount: Up to $38,500 over 3 years of full time coursework

Description: This scholarship is for students who are VA employees and are pursuing health care careers through degrees that are first-time certification programs requiring practicum hours. Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA. Must work at the VA during academic breaks and for 3 years after graduation.

 

National Physical Therapy Loan Forgiveness Programs

 

Education Debt Reduction Program

Amount: Up to $200,000

Description: Those who have earned their physical therapy degree can receive up to $40,000 in student loan repayment per year in exchange for working for the US Department of Veteran Affairs. Recipients may continue to receive aid for up to 5 years so long as they continue to work for the VA.


HRSA Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Amount: Up to $40,000

Description: For those in a health care profession who come from a disadvantaged background who commit to being  a faculty member at a health professions institution for 2 years.


Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program

Amount: Up to $40,000

Description: For health care professionals who commit to serve 2 years in a health facility for American Indian or Alaska Native communities.

 

State Physical Therapy Scholarships

 

Alaska

SHARP II Loan Forgiveness Program

Amount: Up to $20,000

Description: Loan forgiveness for students who commit to working in high need areas in Alaska after graduation.

 

Arizona

AZPTA Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: For students enrolled in an Arizona PT program

 

Hawaii

Dr. Alvin and Monica Saake Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Description: This scholarship is for PT, OT, kinesiology, and sports medicine students who are Hawaii residents, have a 2.7 GPA or higher, and demonstrate financial need.

 

Illinois

Judith Harris and Dr. Monica Vohmann Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Description: This scholarship is for IPTA student PT members in good standing who are first year DPT students. Must have a 3.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need.


Team Rehab Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Description: This scholarship is for IPTA student PT members in good standing who are enrolled in an Illinois PT or PTA program. Must have completed a clinical experience and be within last 3 semesters before graduation if a PT student and final year if a PTA student.

Indiana

Linda Craig Memorial Scholarship Program

Amount: $2,000

Description: This scholarship is for undergraduate students enrolled in a physical therapy, medicine, or sports medicine program at an Indiana university. Applicants must be US citizens, have a 3.0 GPA, and have completed 4 semesters of college.

 

Iowa

Olive C. Farr Scholarship Award for Physical Therapy

Amount: $500

Description: For physical therapy and PTA students enrolled at an Iowa institution who have completed their first year.

 

Michigan

Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program (LARP)

Amount: Up to $10,000 per year for 3 years, based on debt

Description: For Maryland residents providing public services to low income or underserved residents. Must earn a degree from a Maryland school, earn under $60,000 per year ($130,000 household if married)


Wright and Filippis Family Scholarship Program

Amount: $500

Description: For graduating PT students at a Michigan school

 

New Hampshire

Mary F. Stanton Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Description: For students entering the final year of a DPT program who are members of the APTA and are either a New Hampshire resident or are enrolled in a New Hampshire program.

 

New York

Teach NYC Physical Therapy Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Description: For students who agree to serve as a school PT in a New York City public school for 2 years.

 

Wisconsin

Chris Crivello Scholarship

Amount: Unknown

Description: For WPTA members who are expected to graduate from an accredited PT or PTA program within one year.


Tracy L. Rasor Sports Medicine Scholarship

Amount: Unknown

Description: For WPTA members who are expected to graduate from an accredited PT or PTA program within one year.


WPT Scholars Award

Amount: Unknown

Description: For WPTA members who are expected to graduate from an accredited PT or PTA program within one year.