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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.

Unity Hospital Education Fund Health Careers Scholarship

Description: Awarded annually to promising students enrolled in medical, dental, optometry, nursing, pharmacy, therapy, veterinary medicine or any and all educational programs that are designed to educate individuals for medical or other health care services. New, current, or re-entering students in a health related field are eligible for consideration.Criteria: Permanent resident of Buchanan School District for 6 months: if currently a high school senior or a high school graduate, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent employment or military experience; if currently a college student, a grade point average of 2.5; must provide the most current transcript of grades or credits earned. Current or anticipated enrollment in an accredited college with a health related major and participation in volunteer and/or community activities.Award: Up to $1000; given at the discretion of the Unity Hospital Education Fund Advisory Committee.Some awards may be renewable.

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;

AOTF Kansas Scholarship

Scholarships awarded to occupational therapy student and one occupational therapy assistant student within the state of Kansas. Scholarship amount TBD. 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.

MedicareSupplementalInsurance.com Therapy Professionals Scholarship

Premise$1,000 annual scholarship to be awarded to the chosen applicant. Scholarship shall be awarded to one (1) recipient. Applicants must be any person 17 years of age or older who demonstrates interest in physical, massage, recreational, or occupational therapy or psychology professions and is interested in attending a related program, undergraduate, graduate, or accredited training program at an accredited institution of learning within the United States. Requirements: Applicants must be any person 17 years of age or older who demonstrates interest in physical, massage, recreational, or occupational therapy or psychology professions and is interested in attending a related program, undergraduate, graduate, or accredited training program at an accredited institution of learning within the United States. Applicant must use scholarship award for a related program as outlined above within an accredited institution within the United States. Applicant must be either a citizen of the United States or a foreign student with a valid United States Student Visa. Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, based on the previous year’s academic performance. Students enrolled in any mental health therapy (psychology, psychiatry, etc) or chiropractic program are eligible to apply. Application Process Applicant shall submit all contact information as contained within the application, including name, address, phone number, email, date of birth, and sex. Applicant must be prepared to submit proof of age should he or she be chosen as the winner and recipient of the scholarship. Applicant shall be prepared to submit proof of enrollment or acceptance to an accredited institution of learning should he or she be chosen as winner and recipient of the scholarship. Applicant must submit an essay of at least 500 words, but no more than 1000 words, explaining what they hope to accomplish in the field of physical, massage, recreational, or occupational therapy and how they will impact the lives of others with the education and knowledge they acquire while in school. This essay will also include the student’s opinion on why they feel they should be selected to receive the scholarship funds. Selection Applications will be reviewed by a panel and the winner will be selected based on criteria set forth in the requirements section of this document as well as the opinions of the editors of MedicareSeupplementalInsurance.com. Once the winner is decided and notified of the award, he or she will be mailed a W9 tax form and the check will be mailed to their address. The winner of the scholarship will be fully responsible for the taxes incurred from receiving the award. Deadlines Applications are now being accepted and will close one month prior to the date the award is given. All application inquiries and submissions may be made via email at scholarship@MedicareSupplementalInsurance.com.

District of Columbia Scholarship

A one-time $1,000 award is given to two graduating high school seniors, one who has been accepted into the field of nursing and one who has been accepted into the field of occupational therapy, who reside in the District of Columbia, the home of NSDAR Headquarters. Mail completed scholarship application form to: National Vice Chair District of Columbia Scholarship 3603 Faircastle Dr Chevy Chase, MD 20815

AOTF District of Columbia 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. One scholarship awarded annually to a student currently enrolled in the occupational therapy education program at the Howard University and who resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (i.e., the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia). Scholarship amount TBD.

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.

Senior Care Innovation Scholarship

A Place for Mom is proud to offer our annual $1,000 scholarship to five university students who intend to use their education to help the senior population such as nursing, medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, sociology, social work or gerontology. As North America's largest senior living referral service, we know the importance of supporting the training and education of our future senior care leaders. This scholarship will be awarded to a citizen or a Permanent Resident of the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec) who is enrolled and currently taking classes at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec), and will grant selected applicants a $1,000 financial donation for their compelling essays on how to improve the quality of life for seniors. Selection and Eligibility Criteria 1. The annual scholarship award is for (5) students enrolled in an associates's degree, bachelor's degree or graduate level program in a medical, nursing or social sciences related major. The student must intend on pursuing a career that involves working with senior citizens. The applicant must be attending classes at an accredited college or university at the time of the spring deadline. 2. Employees of A Place for Mom and members of their immediate family (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, of such employees, are not eligible to apply. 3. Applicants must complete a letter of introduction and an essay that is between 500 and 900 words on a selected topic and sign the Scholarship Award Agreement 4. Scholarship will be awarded to five students who write the most compelling essay in each of five categories as judged by an outside panel of senior living professionals.

IHS Preparatory Scholarship

Our Preparatory scholarship provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate students. Recipients must be members or descendants of federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated Tribes enrolled in preparatory courses or prerequisite courses leading to enrollment in an eligible health professions degree program. Eligibility Requirements Before you begin your application, confirm that you meet our eligibility requirements, as well as familiarize yourself with the agreement or contract associated with the scholarship that matches your academic pursuits. Citizenship Requirements You must be a United States citizen (US-born or naturalized) or US national to be considered for an IHS scholarship. Males 18 years or older must be registered for Selective Service. Documents that will be accepted as proof of citizenship include: Copy of your birth certificate. Current US passport. Certificate of citizenship or naturalization. A copy of a driver’s license or a social security card will not be accepted as documentation of citizenship. Tribal/Village Membership Requirements Preparatory and Pre-Graduate Scholarships: Recipients must be a member or descendant of a federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native village. Health Professions Scholarship: Recipients must be a member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native village only. Academic Requirement Applicants must also meet specific eligibility requirements: Be a high school graduate or the equivalent. Have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Be capable of completing a health profession degree program. Intend to serve Indian people as a health professional in your chosen discipline.

Health Careers Scholarship Program

The Health Careers Scholarship Program was started in May 1976. It is supported through individual contributions of the Order's members. Since there is no set budget, the number of scholarships available may vary from year to year.Students preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, physical or occupational therapy, and medical technologies are eligible to apply. A student must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen, enrolled full time in a school accredited in the field involved and application must be for at least the third year of college. R.N. students must have completed the first year of schooling. Pre-med students are not eligible to apply. For those students seeking degrees of M.D. or D.D.S. application must be for at least the second year of medical or dental school. There is no age limit. Scholarships are for $1000.00.Requests for applications must include a stamped, self-addressed legal size envelope.

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