Foundation Announces 2018 Postprofessional Doctoral Scholarships and Fellowships Totaling $340,000

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ALEXANDRIA, VA (May 31, 2018) – The Foundation for Physical Therapy Board of Trustees recently awarded a total of $340,000 in Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) I & II Scholarships and a New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative (NIFTI) to a total of 24 physical therapists.

“After a rigorous peer review process, we are pleased to announce the 2018 PODS and NIFTI funding recipients,” said Foundation Board of Trustees President Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA. “As we continue to foster innovation in physical therapy research and fulfill our mission of developing the next generation of researchers, we are certain that these individuals will continue to support effective therapeutic interventions and methods to help propel the profession forward.”

The Foundation awards PODS I Scholarships of $7,500 each year to physical therapists or physical therapist assistants who have completed at least two full semesters or three full quarters of their coursework toward a post professional doctoral degree. PODS II Scholarships of up to $15,000 each are also awarded annually to physical therapists or physical therapist assistants who have been formally admitted to post-professional doctoral candidacy.

 

The 2018 PODS I Scholarship recipients are:

Giovanni Berardi, PT, DPT, Marquette University, recipient of the Bella May Award, funded by the Bella J. May Scholarship Fund

Margaret A. French, PT, DPT, University of Delaware, recipient of the Mercer-Marquette Challenge Award, funded by the annual Marquette Challenge

Christopher J. Hoekstra, PT, DPT, Oregon Health & Science University, funded by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Scholarship Fund

Jason Sharpe, PT, DPT, University of Utah, recipient of the Viva J. Erickson Award, funded by the Viva J. Erickson Endowment Fund

Rachel Bican, PT, DPT, The Ohio State University, funded by the Legacy Scholarship Endowment Fund

Kara L. Boynewicz, PT, DPT, East Tennessee State University, funded by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Scholarship Fund

Reed A. Handlery, PT, DPT, University of South Carolina, funded by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Endowment Fund

Rashelle M. Hoffman, PT, DPT, University of Nebraska Medical Center, recipient of the Patricia Leahy Award for outstanding PODS I application in postprofessional studies within neurology, funded by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Endowment

Dana R. Mathews, PT, DPT, MS, University of Delaware, funded by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Scholarship Fund

Lauren K. Sara, PT, DPT, Marquette University, funded by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Scholarship Fund

Bryant A. Seamon, PT, DPT, Medical University of South Carolina, funded by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Endowment Fund

Karen E. Thatcher, PT, DPT, The Ohio State University, funded by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Scholarship Fund

Abigail T. Wilson, PT, DPT, University of Florida, funded by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Scholarship Fund

PODS I Scholarships are supported through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Scholarship Fund

 

The PODS II Scholarship recipients are:

Nayo M. Hill, PT, DPT, Northwestern University, recipient of the Mary Lou Barnes Award for an outstanding PODS II application in postprofessional studies within neurology, funded by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Endowment Fund

Jason R. Falvey, PT, DPT, University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus, recipient of the Karen St. John Award, supported by the St. John Family Foundation

Matthew J. Miller, PT, DPT, University of Colorado – Denver, recipient of the Scott C. Irwin Scholarship, funded by the Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section Endowment Fund

Lindsey Brown, PT, DPT, The Ohio State University, funded by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Scholarship Fund

Katie A. Butera, PT, DPT, University of Florida, funded by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Endowment Fund

Christine A. Cabelka, PT, MPT, University of Minnesota, funded by the Section on Women’s Health Fund

Jacob J. Capin, PT, DPT, MS, University of Delaware, funded by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Scholarship Fund

Allison M. Gustavson, PT, DPT, University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus, funded by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Scholarship Fund

Kirby P. Mayer, PT, DPT, University of Kentucky, funded through the Legacy Scholarship Endowment Fund, made possible by a donation from the Section on Research

Rebekah L. Summers, PT, DPT, University of Minnesota, funded by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Scholarship Fund

PODS II Scholarships were made possible through the APTA Scholarship Fund

 

The $100,000 New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative (NIFTI) was awarded to Kendra M. Cherry-Allen, PT, DPT, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University. Her fellowship will include a research training experience entitled “Leveraging Motor Learning to Rehabilitate Gait after Stroke.” She will be under the mentorship of Amy J. Bastian, PT, PhD, professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Pablo A. Celnik, MD, professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

This award was made possible through the APTA Scholarship Fund.

The NIFTI supports post-professional, doctorally prepared physical therapists as they begin their research careers. It is designed to accommodate both traditional postdoctoral and new faculty applicants for a closely mentored research experience.

 

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 39 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships, and postprofessional doctoral scholarships to more than 500 emerging scientists. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to receive an estimated $804 million in external funding from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. Many of today’s leading and emerging physical therapist 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 Foundation4PT.org or sent to its headquarters at 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

To learn more, visit Foundation4pt.org or contact the Foundation at info@foundation4pt.org or (800) 875-1378.