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Building on the 2021 APTA Centennial Scholars Program, the APTA Association Leadership Scholars Program is designed to foster new generations of leaders and thinkers by establishing a network of scholars individually mentored by experienced association leaders.

The 2022 program runs for nine months, March-December, with a cohort of 25 scholars and five mentors that APTA has selected from a pool of applicants. Each scholar is responsible for a capstone project to be completed by the end of the year. APTA is sponsoring all scholars and has determined the capstone project topics, each addressing an existing need and aligned with APTA's Strategic Plan.

Throughout the year, the selected 2022 scholars will engage in a curriculum that covers association leadership and management topics.

View the capstone projects of the 2022 APTA Association Leadership Scholars and their mentors.

2022 Scholars

Congratulations to our 2022 Association Leadership Scholars! 

Sita Agterberg, SPT (WI)
Benjamin Aguila, PT, DPT (NJ)
Amanda Clarke, SPT (NC)
Juliette Dassinger, PT, DPT (IL)
Lindsay Durand, PT, DPT (VA)
Paras Goel, PT, DPT, MEd (CA)
Brigid Griffin, PT, DPT (OH)
Kevin Herald, PT (IN)
Bailey Hill, SPT (MD)
Vrunda Kapadia, PT (NC)
Stephanie Long, PT, DPT (NJ)
Ben Martin, SPT (IA)
Cameron Massumi, PT, DPT (VA)
Davidson McKinely Pollock, PT, DPT (NC)
Justin Robinson, SPT (SC)
Nancy Rodriguez, SPT (NC)
Mohammad Saad, SPT (NC)
Misty Seidenburg, PT, DPT (PA)
Victoria Smith, PT, DPT, MPH (NC)
Alyssa Thierer, PTA (ID)
Jillian Watson, SPT (GA)
Amanda Williamson, PT, DPT (FL)
Andrew Yannaccone, PT, MSPT, PhD (PA)
Edward Yeboah, SPT (NY)
Qing Zhang, PT, DPT (CA)


Anthony DiFilippo, PT, DPT, MEd (OH)
Jamie Dyson, PT, DPT (FL)
Aaron Embry, PT, DPT, MSCR, PhD (SC)
Laurie Hack, PT, DPT, MBA, FAPTA (PA)
Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA (CO)

Be an APTA Scholar

The application cycle for the next cohort of scholars will open in September 2022.


Any APTA member in good standing is eligible to be a scholar. Scholars must commit to attending the two in-person events (APTA will provide travel and lodging) and the virtual learning experiences, attending regular check-ins with APTA staff and mentors, and completing a capstone project. In addition, these criteria are considered for scholar selection: 

  • Ability to fulfill leadership needs and aspirations. Leadership development goals might include diversity, a specific position on a board, or certain leadership roles (committee chairs, PAC).
  • In an early leadership role and could benefit from additional leadership development, or perhaps someone on the cusp of moving into a leadership position.
  • Demonstrated commitment to being a future leader; candidate sees themselves staying active within the profession for at least three to five years.
  • Value and demonstration of a team approach and orientation.
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic.
  • Demonstrated commitment to developing and/or advancing APTA's strategic priorities.

Benefits of Participation

  • Expanded awareness of issues and challenges facing APTA, the association community, and curricular content.
  • Increased leadership skills and recognition of arenas in which unique contributions may be applied.
  • Ability to make an immediate positive impact through their capstone projects.
  • Network opportunities with fellow APTA leaders on personal and professional levels.

2021 Centennial Scholars

Check out our Centennial Scholars, their project, mentors, and profiles.