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.

Health Care Professions Loan/Scholarship Program For Graduate Students (HCP-GR)

Program Overview The primary objectives of this program are to provide education opportunities to students who are interested in majoring in Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy and address Mississippi’s health care shortage area’s by providing a constant source of qualified Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists. HCP awards will be made available, to the extent of appropriated funds, to persons seeking a master’s degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in exchange for employment in a state health institution in the State of Mississippi. Important Dates: Application dates: January 1 – March 31 Document deadline: April 30, except for the Letter of Acceptance, this may be submitted through June 30. The dates are important as the number of awards and recipients are dependent upon available funds. Eligibility You are eligible if all the following apply: You will be a graduate student for the upcoming school year You are a current legal resident of Mississippi You are enrolled full-time You must not presently or previously have defaulted on an educational loan You are majoring in Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Award Amount: The HCP awards up to $3,000 per academic year not to exceed two (2) calendar years or $6,000. All graduate recipients must maintain a 3.0/4.0 or higher grade point average each semester in order to continue to receive funds under the renewal process.

Carlotta Welles Scholarship

* This scholarship is for a student seeking an associate degree; * Must be a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association; * Demonstrate a need for financial assistance; * Have a sustained record of outstanding scholastic achievement; * Must be a full-time student currently enrolled in the final year of an accredited or developing occupational therapy educational program.

The Helen N. & Harold B. Shapira Heart Undergraduate Scholarship

The Purpose: To stimulate interest in the study of heart and blood vessel diseases. The Scholarship: Every year one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate. The successful candidate will be eligible for a renewal of the $1,000 award for a second year provided they maintain satisfactory scholastic progress. Renewals will be considered in conjunctions with all new applications Who Is Eligible: Minnesota Students Only: Undergraduate students currently enrolled in a four year college or university in the State of Minnesota and working in a medically related curriculum with potential application to patients with diseases of the heart and blood vessel system are eligible. Students can receive no more than two undergraduate scholarships from the American Heart Association. How the Scholars Are Selected: Scholars will be chosen on merit by an American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate Committee of medical and/or scientific professionals. How Candidates Apply: Candidates must submit the appropriate form and complete all requirements. Applications must be fully completed to receive consideration. Where to Apply: For further information and application forms, please visit

Illinois Hospital Research & Educational Foundation Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY for SCHOLARSHIP 1. Any student currently ENROLLED or ACCEPTED into a certificate or degree conferring hospital related health care sequence is eligible (such as medical schools, dental schools, nursing programs, pharmacy schools, radiology technology programs, therapy programs such as occupational/physical/speech, etc. Students in general course of studies programs (i.e. pre-med, general education courses, liberal arts, etc.) are not eligible. 2. Applicants enrolled in an associate degree or hospital-based program will be considered their first year (such as radiology techs, nuclear medicine techs, RNs, cardiac rehab techs, etc.) 3. Applicants must be Illinois residents. 4. The school to be attended need not be an Illinois institution; however, it must be accredited or recognized as an approved program by the appropriate agencies. 5. Students having less than one academic year remaining until graduation are not eligible for consideration. 6. In order to be competitive, a 3.5 GPA out of 4 points or a 4.5 GPA out of 5 points is necessary.

Physical Therapy Scholarship

BrightLife Direct is awarding a scholarship of $1,000 to a student currently enrolled full-time in an occupational therapy, physical therapy (PT) or a physical therapy assistant (PTA) program. All PT and PTA programs must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). All Occupational Therapy programs must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The deadline to submit your application is July 15, 2016.

Minority Teacher/Special Education Scholarship

To be eligible you must be: 1. A minority student (defined as Black or Hispanic) seeking a teaching certification; or A student seeking a special education teaching certification; or A student seeking an Occupational or Physical Therapy certification. 2. An Indiana resident. 3. Admitted to an eligible institution as a full-time student or already attending as a full-time student. 4. Pursuing or intend to pursue a course of study that would enable the student upon graduation to teach in an accredited elementary or secondary school in Indiana. In addition, students who are already enrolled in college, must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on a scale of 4.0 or the equivalent, or meet the minimum GPA requirements established at the college for its school of education, if it is higher. Colleges are responsible for making the actual awards. They may not base the awards solely on merit based factors. Financial need may be considered but is not a requirement. Preference will be given to minority students and students enrolling in college for the first time. Scholarships are not transferable between universities.

Kappa Delta Phi Scholarship

* For student seeking a baccalaureate degree or post-baccalaureate certificate; * Must be a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association; * Demonstrate a need for financial assistance; * Have a sustained record of outstanding scholastic achievement; * Must be a full-time student currently enrolled in an accredited or developing occupational therapy educational program.

AOTF Wisconsin Scholarship

Scholarships for occupational therapy students who are residents of the state of Wisconsin and are members of the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association or for research by members for the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association. Scholarship amount TBD. Please check website for any changes in application deadline.

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.

Aspiring Educator Scholarship

We are looking for dedicated special education majors... recognizes the need for qualified special educators in our school systems today. We are proud to embark on another year of the Aspiring Educator Scholarship Program for persons who have chosen this valuable career path. We are pleased to present five $1,000 scholarships to students currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university and who are majoring in a state-approved special education or related service program. All qualifying majors can be viewed on the Rules/Eligibility page. The application process is totally online, making things quick and easy. No postage required! In order to apply, candidates must first register for a FREE membership with Then applicants will be able to complete the online application form, upload transcripts and send in their essay for consideration. To learn more about what offers education job seekers, please visit the homepage at Deadline for all applications is August 15, 2013.

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