Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends numerous scholarships have been established to benefit students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Applications are due on Friday, October 22, 2021.

For information about the application process or about additional scholarship opportunities, please contact Scarlett Naftel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Encompass Health Corporation Endowed Scholarship 

The Encompass Health Corporation Endowed Scholarship was established in 1991 to provide financial assistance to deserving physical therapy students. Encompass Health also offers incredible learning opportunities for students through clinical education experiences and internships. 

  • Eligible applicants: Incoming students who are Alabama residents
  • Selection: Based on academic merit and financial need
  • Awarded: Spring semester 2022 to two students ($2,500 to each recipient)

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Encompass Health Corporation Endowed Scholars Fund for Diversity in Rehabilitation Sciences

The Encompass Health Corporation Endowed Scholars Fund for Diversity in Rehabilitation Sciences is an academic scholarship that is awarded to a student(s) in the first or second year of the PT or OT program. 

  • Eligible applicants: Current 1st and 2nd year students who are Alabama residents; come from a disadvantaged background; minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Selection: Based on academic merit and past success with academics; desire to meet the healthcare needs of under-represented populations; how the applicant brings diversity to the profession, and financial need. Two letters of recommendation are required (DPT faculty, PT clinician, community resource)
  • Awarded: Spring semester 2022 ($1,000)

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Barnes Family Endowed Scholarship 

The Barnes Family Endowed Scholarship in Physical Therapy was established in 2019 by Rocky and Amelia Barnes who are both alumni of the UAB Physical Therapy program. Amelia is a graduate of the Class of 1981 and Rocky was in the Class of 1979. Rocky currently serves as President of PT Solutions, and Amelia is employed by the company as well. 

  • Eligible applicants: Incoming and current 1st year students
  • Selection: Based on financial need leadership skills/potential, and merit
  • Awarded: Spring semester 2022 and summer semester 2022 ($2,000 per semester)

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Shirley A. Shaddeau Memorial Endowed Scholarship 

The Shirley Shaddeau Memorial Scholarship endowment was established through a generous gift from Sue Shaddeau to honor the memory of her sister, Shirley Shaddeau, and her dedication to the profession of physical therapy. The fund has continues to receive additional contributions from family, alumni and friends. Shirley was associated with the Department of Physical Therapy for 23 years and at the time of her sudden and unexpected death in 1995 was an Associate Professor. She was a devoted and gentle educator; she was a positive and supportive person who challenged her students to focus on the process of learning, not just exams or grades. Her beautiful legacy includes the impact that she had on the physical therapy profession, School of Health Professions, her students, her colleagues, and so many others.  

  • Eligible applicants: Current 2nd year students
  • Selection: Based on academic merit, financial need, and evidence the student is of high moral character
  • Awarded: Spring 2022 ($2,500)

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Cecilia Graham Endowed Scholarship

Friends and colleagues of Dr. Cecilia Graham made generous gifts for the purpose of creating a scholarship in her memory. Dr. Graham had a passion for physical therapy education and service. She was a creative teacher and a lifelong learner who was never afraid to try new ideas in order to better reach and further educate her students. She will be remembered for the difference she made both here at UAB and in the physical therapy profession. It is most fitting this scholarship will be awarded in perpetuity to students, who like Dr. Graham, highly value and wish to participate in professional development opportunities. 

  • Eligible applicants: Current 1st and 2nd year students
  • Selection: Based on merit and financial need
  • Awarded: Following continuing education opportunity and submission of receipts (up to $450)

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Adams Denton Travel Award for Physical Therapy Education 

A generous gift from an anonymous donor established this travel award for UAB DPT students participating in long-term clinical education experiences. The award was named in honor of two Emeritus PT faculty members, Cara Adams and Betty Denton. The funds are intended to support costs associated with participating in long-term clinical education experiences (e.g., travel expenses, room and board, and other school-related expenses). 

  • Eligible applicants: Current 2nd year students 
  • Selection: Based on solid academic promise, have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in coursework prior to application, the potential for completing the course of study in Physical Therapy, and demonstrate financial need
  • Awarded: Spring 2022 ($1,000)

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Sharon E. Shaw Endowed Scholarship 

The Sharon E. Shaw Endowed Scholarship provides financial assistance to students with a talent for and desire to provide physical therapy services to underserved populations. The scholarship was established to honor Sharon E. Shaw, PT, DrPH for her contributions to UAB, the community, and the physical therapy profession. Sharon first came to UAB in 1971. In 1999, she became chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and served in this role until her retirement in 2013. After a brief illness, Sharon passed away in January 2016, and while we will miss her, the impact that she had on the physical therapy profession, the School of Health Professions, her students, her colleagues, and so many others, remains as a legacy. 

  • Eligible applicants: Current 1st and 2nd year students
  • Selection: Based on academic promise, potential for completing the DPT program, financial need, passion and aptitude for community service
  • Awarded: Spring 2022 ($1,500)

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Steve and Jana Foster Endowed Scholarship 

The Stephen and Jana Foster Endowed Scholarship in Physical Therapy provides support to students who demonstrate financial need and solid academic promise and achievement. Preference will be given to underrepresented students to support the Department’s goal of promoting a diverse student body.

  • Eligible applicants: Incoming students, current 1st and 2nd year students
  • Selection: Based on financial need, academic merit, preference given to students from under-represented groups
  • Awarded: Spring semester 2022 ($2,500)

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TherapySouth Sponsored Scholarship 

TherapySouth is a steadfast clinical education partner. The company established the scholarship to assist students with long-term clinical education costs.  

  • Eligible applicants: Current 2nd year students
  • Selection: Based on financial need associated with long-term clinical education costs, desire to be an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist after graduation
  • Call for applications will be emailed to eligible students during the spring semester.
  • Awarded: During final year of the program ($3,000)

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), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; 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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