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For students within 12 months of completing all requirements for graduation. The intent of the award is to recognize those students who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contribution.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be nominated from physical therapist professional education programs and physical therapist assistant education programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the association.

Student nominees should be in one of the following phases of their educational program:

Physical therapist education program students must be within 12 months of completing all requirements for graduation from the entry-level program when the nomination process for the Honors & Awards Program opens on Sept. 1. [Must be scheduled to graduate between Sept. 1, 2019, and Aug. 31, 2020.]

Physical therapist assistant education program students must be enrolled in the final year of study. For physical therapist assistant education programs that have a part-time curriculum, all nominees must be in the final year of the curriculum of that institution. Each institution must determine the minimum number of credit hours required for final year status. Based on this, all nominees must be in the final year of the curriculum to be nominated. [Must be scheduled to graduate between Sept. 1, 2019, and Aug. 31, 2020.]

Nominations of students from an educational institution will be limited to one physical therapist education student and one physical therapist assistant student.

The intent of the award is to recognize students who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contribution. Awards are made on a competitive basis. Recipients will be selected on the basis of the following criteria: superior scholastic performance, past productivity, evidence of potential contribution to physical therapy, and service to the American Physical Therapy Association.

What Recipients Receive

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 NEXT Conference & Exposition and the monetary awards will be mailed prior to the conference. An official announcement will appear in an association publication.

Submission Requirements

Nominees for the award will be selected by the faculty and the student body of the program in which the nominee is enrolled.

During the online process, the following documents will be required for upload (note these forms will be available when the applicaiton process opens):

  • Completed student application form.  
  • Current enrollment verification form.  
  • Student essay as explained in the application form.
  • Two letters in support of the nomination, one from a representative of the student body and one from a representative of the faculty, that specifically focus on a nominee's worthiness for this award, not to exceed two pages each.

Submit a Nomination

Nominations for the 2020 cycle are now closed. The call for nominations will open again in fall 2020 for the 2021 cycle.

Additional Resources

For questions regarding the nomination process or the award, please contact honorsandawards@apta.org.