The following scholarships are awarded to students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. For more information about scholarships, contact Program Director Jennifer Christy, PT, Ph.D., at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the School of Health Professions' scholarship page.

 

  • Encompass Health Corporation Endowed Scholarship

    The Encompass Health Corporation Endowed Scholarship and Research Award is an academic scholarship that is awarded to student(s) in the first year of the entry-level professional degree program. Selection is based on academic merit and financial need. Applicants must be a resident of the State of Alabama. Awardees are notified of the award before entering the program in January.

    Call for applications will go out during the fall semester prior to entering the program.

  • TherapySouth Sponsored Scholarship Award

    This scholarship is awarded annually in the amount of $2000 to a physical therapist student in the second year of their studies. Students will be notified when to submit an application for this scholarship to the Director of Clinical Education (DCE). The application consists of a maximum two-page reflection on the student’s desire to be an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist after graduation along with professions goals for the first five years’ post-graduation. Students need to include strategies to obtain their professional goals. The student selected for this scholarship must complete a full-time clinical education experience in a TherapySouth clinic for their orthopedic graduation requirements. In addition, the student must write a thank you letter to TherapySouth. The Director of Clinical Education will mentor the student through these requirements.

    Call for applications will go out during the spring semester of the second year.

    Shirley A. Shaddeau Memorial Scholarship Fund

    The Shirley A. Shaddeau Memorial Scholarship Fund is awarded to a student entering the final year of study. Selection is based on academic merit, financial need, and expression of commitment to the profession of physical therapy.

    Call for applications will go out during the fall semester of the second year.

  • Sharon E. Shaw Scholarship Fund

    The Sharon E. Shaw Scholarship fund continues to grow with the continuing generosity of family and friends of Sharon, alumni, and the DPT “family”. Recipients of this scholarship must meet the following criteria: 1) be enrolled in the program as a 2nd or 3rd year DPT student 2) demonstrate solid academic promise and the potential for completing the course of study in Physical Therapy 3) demonstrate financial need 4) demonstrate a passion and aptitude for community service. The scholarship is paid to one awardee.

    Call for applications will go out during the spring semester of the second and third year.

  • Bridging the Gap Scholarship Award

    The Bridging the Gap for Physical Therapy Students Sponsored Scholarship was created by Dominique Forte in 2016 to provide assistance with the fees and expenses associated with launching a physical therapy career such as the National Physical Therapy and Jurisprudence examinations.

    Too often the mounting and sometimes unforeseen expenses for graduating students are overlooked, but their transitional needs from student to professional can be just as daunting as those at the beginning of their academic program. The Bridging the Gap for Physical Therapy Students Sponsored Scholarship was created to provide assistance with the fees and expenses associated with launching a physical therapy career such as the National Physical Therapy and Jurisprudence Examinations.

    The following guidelines will be used in administering and making awards from the scholarship:

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program within the School of Health Professions at the University.
    • Applicants should demonstrate solid academic promise and achievement and have earned at least an overall 3.5 grade point average in coursework completed prior to the time of application.
    • Preference is given to students in the final year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
    • Preference is given to members of the American Physical Therapy Association.

    The application, consent waiver, and recommendation form must be submitted by March 1.

    Call for applications will go out during the spring semester of the third year.

    The Adams Denton Award

    The Adams Denton Award provides financial assistance to students in their final year of the physical therapy program. The award was established to honor Cara Adams and Betty Denton. Both Ms. Adams and Ms. Denton are now retired from UAB but the impact that they had on the department, the physical therapy profession, their students, colleagues, and so many others, remain as a legacy. This award is given to a third-year student(s) with financial need associated with long-term clinical education costs.

    Call for applications will go out during the spring semester of the third year.

Accreditation Statement

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314: telephone 703-706-3245 email: accreditation@apta.org website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 205-934-3566 or email jbraswel@uab.edu.

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