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Occupational Therapy Scholarships

The academic field of occupational therapy (OT) is a preprofessional course of study that is designed to prepare you for a graduate program. The ideal degree candidate for this type of program will have sufficient quantities of empathy, patience, manual dexterity and physical stamina. Keep reading to find out more about this exciting major and  about the range of occupational therapy scholarships.

Becoming an occupational therapist involves several steps. You'll first need a bachelor's degree. Then you can enroll in a graduate-level (either master's or doctoral) occupational therapy degree program. Upon completing your graduate studies you'll then be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam. Once you've successfully completed all of these steps you'll be eligible for the title Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR).

At the bachelor's degree level you can choose whatever major you want as long as the curriculum of the major includes the courses you'll need for an OT grad program. Examples of these courses include anatomy and physiology, biology, psychology, ergonomics, mechanical physics, kinesiology and gerontology. 

A partial list of the college majors that work well with this course load include biology, sociology, psychology and liberal arts. There are a growing number of colleges offering a combined bachelor's/master's degree program that will allow you to complete your studies in five years.

Most occupational therapy scholarships pertain to the study of this field at the graduate level. Some of the scholarship opportunities are designed for students specializing in a particular OT concentration such as pediatrics or psychiatric disabilities. If you are looking for scholarships at the undergraduate level you might want to investigate what's available under the category of your major.

The career prospects for occupational therapists are outstanding. Job opportunities are expected to increase at a much faster than average rate over the coming decade. One factor fueling this growth will be an increase in the elderly population. As out nation ages our need for occupational therapy increases.

Follow the links below to explore the range of occupational therapy scholarships. 

AMBUCS Scholarships for Therapists

AMBUCS offers scholarships to students (U.S. citizens) in their junior/senior year in a bachelor's degree, or a graduate program leading to a master's or doctoral degree. Students must be accepted in an accredited program by the appropriate health/therapy profession authority in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, and hearing audiology. Assistant programs are not eligible. Awards are based on financial need, commitment to local community, demonstrated academic accomplishment, character for compassion and integrity, and career objectives.

PIF/Lifeline Scholarship Program

Scholarships are available for adult students who are enrolled in one of the following programs: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/hearing therapy, mental health, or rehabilitation. Recipients must be preparing for, or already invovled in, careers working with people with disabilities/brain related disorders.

The Karen Jacobs Scholarship

One scholarship of $500 for a Massachusetts resident enrolled in an accredited occupational therapy educational program in Massachusetts at the professional degree level. One scholarship of $250 for a Massachusetts resident enrolled in an accredited OTA program in Massachusetts. Applicants must be members of the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy.

Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program

The purpose of the Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program is to increase the number of appropriately trained allied healthcare professionals, and to encourage their practice in direct patient care in medically underserved areas of California. Priority is given to students enrolled in the fields of medical imaging, occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory care, social work, pharmacy, pharmacy technician, medical laboratory technologist, surgical technician, ultrasound technician, and diagnostic medical sonography. Eligible applicants may receive up to $2,500 per year, and would have a service obligation of 1 year or 100-150 hours volunteer service. This program is funded by a contribution from Kaiser Permanente.

TopMedicalAssistantSchools.com Scholarship Program

Details We will award a $500 scholarship to the applicant chosen. Must be at least 18 years old. Applicant must be currently attending a college or university, or will be attending in the fall. Applicant must have a min. of 3.0 GPA based on the previous school year’s academic performance. Essay For the essay portion of the application, please write an essay on the topic: “Why I want to pursue a career in the medical field.” The essay must be 400 words or more. Be sure to include personal experiences, and your thoughts on the importance of saving money. How to Apply Fill out the scholarship application. Selection The scholarship will be paid directly to the scholarship recipient’s college or university. Privacy TopMedicalAssistantSchools.com will not contact individual applicants unless he/she is the scholarship recipient. Necessary Documents Required of Potential Winners One copy of Official High School or College Transcripts Publicity/Liability Release Copyright Assignment IRS Form W-9 Copy of United States Driver’s License Headshot photograph in high-resolution, digitally as a JPEG or TIFF file Who is eligible to apply? Any student who is currently attending a college or university, or will be attending in the fall. How will the essays be judged? The essays will be reviewed and judged by creativity, specificity, and grammar. We are looking for students who need the extra money to get through college. We understand the financial burden of college. We were students too.

NorthCoast Medical Scholarship

Applicants must be currently enrolled and have completed at least 1 year of occupational therapy specific coursework in an AOTA accredited or developing post-professional level program OR enrolled in an occupational therapy assistant program. QUALIFIED APPLICANTS MUST: Meet all eligibility requirements; For Post-baccalaureate scholarships, this must be the first degree in Occupational Therapy; Have a sustained record of outstanding scholastic achievement; Supply application data including: (1) Two references and (2) Program Director's statement; Applicants for post-baccalaureate scholarships must be enrolled at the professional level (Master's or OTD) in an accredited or developing Occupational Therapy educational program and have completed 1 full year of Occupational Therapy coursework.

Alice Jantzen Memorial Scholarship

QUALIFIED APPLICANTS MUST: Meet all eligibility requirements; For Post-baccalaureate scholarships, this must be the first degree in Occupational Therapy; Have a sustained record of outstanding scholastic achievement; Supply application data including: (1) Two references and (2) Program Director's statement; Applicants for post-baccalaureate scholarships must be enrolled at the professional level (Master's or OTD) in an accredited or developing Occupational Therapy educational program and have completed 1 full year of Occupational Therapy coursework.

AOTF North Carolina Scholarship

Scholarships awarded to occupational therapy students at the associate level and occupational therapy students at the professional level and who are members of the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association. Scholarship amount TBD. Please check website for possible changes in deadline of application.

The Fred Sammons and Barbara Rider Endowed Scholarship

Scholarships awarded to students enrolled in an accredited occupational therapy educational program in the state of Michigan. Preferences will be given for students who are residents of Michigan and who are members of the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association.

OMAP’s 100 Word Essay Health Care Scholarship

OMAP (OnlineMedicalAssistantPrograms.net) is now offering our 100 word essay scholarship for all current and prospective students pursuing a career in the health care field. The scholarship disbursement amount is $500 x 4, for a total of $2000. Four unique winners will be selected yearly to receive a one-time payment of $500. Essay Instructions Please explain why you should be considered for our scholarship, using the following criteria: Minimum of 100 words, maximum of 200 words All essays should be written in English using correct grammar and punctuation All personal information needs to be accurate and truthful Pictures, audio, and video are accepted as part of the submission How Much Are We Giving Away? We are currently offering $2000 in scholarship funds per year. The money will be divided between four lucky students, and dispersed four separate times per year on select dates (see deadline instructions below). Each winner will receive $500 in scholarship money. What are the Deadlines? If you missed the last deadline, don’t worry! We offer 4 scholarships per year to different individuals. Be sure to get your applications in before the next deadline! All winners will need to provide proof of meeting the following requirements: Must be at least 18 years old (at the time of disbursement) Must be a citizen of the United States Must be enrolled in an academic program in a healthcare related field

Julia D. Sweeney Endowed Scholarship

Scholarships awarded to an occupational therapy or occupational therapy assistant student within the state of New Mexico. Scholarship amount TBD. QUALIFIED APPLICANTS MUST: Meet all eligibility requirements; Have a sustained record of outstanding scholastic achievement; Supply application data including: (1) Two references and (2) Program Director's statement;

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