Foundation for Physical Therapy Announces New Bella May Scholarship Fund

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The Foundation for Physical Therapy is deeply grateful for the generous bequest of renowned physical therapist Bella J. May, PT, EdD, CEEAA, FAPTA. Dr. May passed away on March 16, 2016 and left the Foundation a planned gift of $100,000 to establish a scholarship fund.

“Dr. Bella May was a prominent figure in our community and passionately advocated for physical therapy to be recognized as a doctoring profession,” said Foundation Board of Trustees President Barbara Connolly, PT, DPT, EdD, FAPTA. “The Foundation will strive to fulfill her wishes and will continue working towards honoring her commitment to the profession.”

The Foundation Board of Trustees has established the Dr. Bella May Scholarship Fund which will support post professional graduate education of practicing physical therapists and physical therapist assistants seeking advanced degrees to become teaching faculty in physical therapy educational programs. Per Dr. May’s wishes, the graduate scholarship will support educational research activities of post professional masters and doctoral students with the emphasis on creativity in educational approaches. The Foundation anticipates offering the first scholarship from Dr. May’s fund in the 2017 funding cycle.

The Bella May Scholarship Fund is one of two new funds the Foundation for Physical Therapy has recently established to support research in physical therapy education. The other fund recently created is the Mildred L. Wood Endowment Fund.

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About the Foundation for Physical Therapy

The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of physical therapy care by providing support for scientifically based and clinically relevant physical therapy research and doctoral scholarships and fellowships.

Over the last 37 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships, and postprofessional doctoral scholarships to more than 583 emerging scientists. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to receive an estimated $755 million in external funding from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. Many of today’s leading and emerging physical therapy researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their careers with a grant or scholarship from the Foundation.

Contributions to the Foundation for Physical Therapy are tax-deductible and can be made online at or sent to its headquarters at 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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