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.

Mary Eileen Dixey Scholarship

Scholarships awarded to occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant students in accredited occupational therapy education programs, attending a curriculum in New Hampshire and who are residents of New Hampshire. Please check the website for any changes in the award deadline. Healthcare Leaders Scholarship Healthcare Leaders Scholarship Annual Application Deadline: January 29 Eligibility: Applicants must be 17 or over with a 3.0+ GPA, and enrolled or accepted to a nursing or healthcare-related program. Both graduate and undergraduate students welcome to apply. Must submit a 600-1000 word essay. Apply Online: is the top hospital review site made specifically for nurses to share useful information about potential employers.

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

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.

Dr. Ralph E. White Graduating Senior Scholarship

California State PTA awards a scholarship each year for $500 to two (2), successful applicants of the Graduating High School Senior Scholarship who intend to pursue a career in a medical field. Two students selected to receive a Graduating High School Senior Scholarship are awarded an additional $500 from the Dr. Ralph E. White Graduating Senior Scholarship Program.

Galien Ambulance Scholarship

Description: Awarded annually to a High School senior residing in the Galien School District, who is beginning a career path for a health-related profession in an effort to help provide health professionals in the Galien area.Criteria: Graduates of any High School in Southwest lower Michigan who is currently a Galien Resident and enrolled in medical, dental, optometric, veterinary medicine, nursing, therapy, or any and all educational programs which are designed to educate individuals for the provision of medical or other health care services to humans or to animals. Consideration will be given to a full or part-time student at an accredited institute of higher learning with evidence of leadership and communityservice. Financial need will be at least a secondary consideration. Interview required.Award: Amounts up to $1000; nonrenewable

Health Wonk Scholarship

How to apply Applicants should apply by emailing the following to A resume or curriculum vitae (CV). A 500-word personal biographical statement describing career objectives related to health. A 1,000- to 2,000-word essay on any topic pertinent to clinical care, public health research, health policy, or advocacy that describes opportunities for the improvement of health coverage, health care, and population health in the United States. The list below offers examples of potential essay topics that would be appropriate: Barriers to primary care within state Medicaid programs. Lessons learned assisting homeless individuals obtain psychiatric care in Boston. The impact of the Affordable Care Act on depression and hypertension among the previously uninsured. Medicaid-supported housing for “frequent-flyer” patients utilizing emergency department care. Improving quality and cost-effectiveness of Medicare Advantage health insurance plans. Entrants authorize to publish any portion or all of their submitted essay, regardless of whether the applicant is selected as a finalist or winner. Who can apply? Any current, full-time master’s and doctoral student working in medicine, public health, nursing, and related fields at an accredited U.S. university or college is welcome to apply. There is no age requirement. Limited to U.S. residents.

Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund

Macy’s and the American Heart Association are continuing their concerted efforts to increase the number of minority women in medical schools through the Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship Fund. For the fourth consecutive year, the partners are offering sixteen $2,500 tuition-focused scholarships for minority women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in healthcare fields. Applicants must: Be a female of Hispanic, African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander or other minority origin Be a citizen/permanent resident of the continental United States, including Hawaii and Alaska Be currently enrolled in an accredited college, university or allied health institution in the U.S. and plan to be enrolled in the Fall Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA Complete an essay and submit two letters of recommendation with the application Step 2: Apply online You’ll be asked to: Create a login Fill out the application form Step 3: Finalize and upload documents You’ll need to provide: A Community Involvement description Transcripts Two Letters of Recommendation A Personal Essay

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.

OMAP’s 100 Word Essay Health Care Scholarship

OMAP ( 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

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