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Our 2020/2021 scholarship process has been updated to respond to the current crisis. The Board of Directors has voted to award twelve $500.00 scholarships, in addition to the two Reba M. Sebelist Scholarships. The procedure for selection and application are currently under review and will be released within the next few weeks.
Scholarships for 2020-2021 Academic Year
At the Summer meeting, the Board again approved POTA Scholarships to students interested in assuming a leadership role in POTA. Students must write an essay (up to 750 words) describing realistic and creative methods they will contribute while serving as a student leader in POTA. Applicants who submit all materials by the deadline will be considered for one of the fourteen scholarships listed below. Awardees will receive their scholarship checks in June, prior to the start of the academic year. They receive recognition during their summer/fall local POTA district meetings. Awardees are listed in the Conference Program and announced during the Business Meeting at the Annual POTA Conference.
POTA Board Scholarships
12 $500 scholarships are available for the coming academic year. Scholarship recipients are invited to become active members of a POTA Board committee/task force beginning in the summer. Awardees will be invited and encouraged to attend their local POTA district meeting in the summer/early fall to receive their award.
Reba M. Sebelist Scholarships
Two Sebelist Awards ($500 each) are available for the coming academic year. Scholarship recipients are invited, but not required, to become active members of a POTA Board committee/task force in the coming fiscal year and assume a student leadership role. Awardees are invited and encouraged to attend their local POTA district meeting in the spring/summer to receive their award.
To apply for a scholarship
Application deadline: May 15, 2020
POTA is awarding twelve $500 scholarships for the upcoming academic year. In addition, two $500 Reba Sebelist scholarships will be awarded.
Scholarships are announced in June and awarded for use during the coming academic year.
1. Scholarships are available only to POTA student members who are enrolled full-time in an entry-level occupational therapy education program (either OTA or OTR) located in Pennsylvania, or who are PA residents. If you matriculate in a Pennsylvania OT education program, and are not yet a POTA member, please join now through our efficient online membership registration, then return to complete your application and submit by the deadline.
2. The Application:
3. When you have completed your experiential resume and essay, sign it. Then covert it to a PDF. Forward the PDF document to a faculty member from your institution for their signature. Make sure to inform them that you will be requesting this before you convert your documents to PDF. The purpose of the signature is to have someone from your educational institution provide a general verification of your statements, since we are not requiring program director verification or recommendations this year.
4. Submit the completed PDF document, with both signatures, to the POTA website at pota.org by May 15, 2020.
5. Applications will be reviewed based on the applicant’s academic strength, service and leadership experiences and potential, and how the resume and essay convey that information in a professional, clear and well organized manner.
POTA will not follow up to request missing materials from incomplete applications. The Scholarship Committee will review only those online applications that also include a faculty signature, submitted by the May 15 deadline.
Scholarships from Occupational Therapy Associations in other states
The American Occupational Therapy Foundation Scholarship Program
Scholarships in varying amounts are awarded each academic year for students who apply in the fall semester. Details about eligibility, specific deadlines and online application process are available from the Foundation.
Your Occupational Therapy Education Program
Check with your institution's financial aid office and your Occupational Therapy Department for available awards.