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.

Scholarships for Emigres in the Health Professions

This program will provide scholarships to emigres from the former Soviet Union to train in medicine, dentistry, dental hygiene, nursing, pharmacy, occupational and physical therapy, and physician assistant programs. Applicants must be female and live within a 50-mile radius of New York City. Grants are awarded based on financial need and academic merit. 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 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.

Michael Moody Fitness

The Michael Moody Fitness Scholarship offers $1,500 to a high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, participation and leadership in school activities and work experience, and interest in pursuing a career in the health and fitness related fields. The student may apply and use the money for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. The scholarship is sponsored by Michael Moody Fitness. The 2017 program will be accepting scholarship applications from August 2nd, 2017 until 1,000 scholarship applications are submitted or July 15th, 2018, whichever comes first. Your scholarship application MUST be one of the first 1,000 submitted by the deadline date.

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.

Henrietta Price Scholarship

One scholarship of $500 for a Maryland resident enrolled in the occupational therapy educational program at Towson State University in the junior year at the baccalaureate degree level or second year at the professional master's degree level. One scholarship of $250 for a Maryland resident enrolled at Catonsville Community College or Allegheny Community College in the second year of the occupational therapy educational program at the associate degree level. Applicants must be members of the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association.

National Allied Health Scholar Program

The program gives allied health students education assistance and a future at one of Banner Healths facilities. Eligible applicants must be a student in your last 4 semesters in an accredited program in one of the following specialties: Respiratory Therapist, Medical Imaging, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech/Language Pathologist.

SOTA Conference Scholarship

College/Department: Applied Sciences and Arts - Occupational Therapy OT major, member of SOTA, academic standards, financial need, involvement in OT/ or OT Promotion.

Whittier Hospital Volunteer Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a degree in registered nursing (RN), licensed vocational nursing (LVN), physical therapy, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory technology, radiology technology, physician, speech pathology, medical dietary science and pharmacology. 2. Must be a resident of the Greater Whittier Area and have a permanent address from one of the following locations: Whittier, El Monte, Hacienda Heights, La Habra, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, Pico Rivera, Rowland Heigts, Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk. 3. Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should pick up an application from the Center for Scholarship Information ((562) 985-2549;; USU-108).

Doctor on Demand Scholarship

The Doctor On Demand Scholarship will award $5,000 to an exceptional student representing the next generation of modern medicine. The Doctor On Demand scholarship is available to any Medical, or Undergraduate student enrolled in a health-related field-of-study at an accredited college or university. This includes current, and recently graduated high-school students who will be attending their first semester fall. Application Instructions In a PDF, please provide a cover page with the following information: Name Email Phone Number College/University Year in School In the document, please answer the following question in 500-600 words: Please remember a time where you knew for certain you wanted to enter a medical field. Was there a specific event that triggered this? Was it something you were always drawn to? Why have you chosen health services over any other career? Once you have finished the essay, please email cover sheet (with above information) and essay in a PDF format to Please complete the survey in addition to submitting the essay. Survey answers will NOT be factored into scoring essay, but is a requirement to be considered for the scholarship award.

AMBUCS Scholarships for Therapists

Application Available: Mid- January (every eyar) Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a degree in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology, or hearing audiology. 2. Must be a United States citizen. 3. Must be accepted at the junior or senior undergraduate, or graduate level in a program which qualifies the applicant for clinical practice. 4. Must be accepted into an institution which presents a curriculum ACCREDITED by the appropiate health/therapy profession authority. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

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