Kendall Fund to now Support Additional PODS I Scholarship

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As our country’s preeminent nonprofit dedicated to funding physical therapy research, the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) has prided itself on supporting breakthrough research in physical therapy for almost 40 years. Through the years, we have seen tremendous growth in our ability to fund high impact studies and help establish the next generation of physical therapist researchers. After extensive discussions and thoughtful consideration of optimal allocation of available funds, the Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to eliminate the $5,000 Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarship effective January 2019.

While the Kendall Scholarship has helped support physical therapists and physical therapists assistants in their first year of post-professional doctoral training, the Foundation deemed it more beneficial to allocate the Kendall Fund to the support of a larger number of Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) I Scholarships. The $7,500 PODS I scholarships support physical therapists who are in the coursework phase of post-professional doctoral training.

“Overall, this decision reflects a strong desire for the Foundation to dedicate resources in a way that will best support research relevant to physical therapy, while keeping in mind the need to recruit and retain talented and qualified physical therapist researchers who are dually trained (PhD or equivalent),” said Foundation President Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA.

The 2018 funding cycle will be the last year the Foundation accepts applications for the Kendall Scholarships. Going forward, a PODS I award named for Florence P. Kendall will be awarded annually.

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