ALEXANDRIA, VA (March 16, 2018)

The Foundation for Physical Therapy is pleased to announce the establishment of the Charlene Mae Nelson Endowment Fund through a generous $200,000 bequest by physical therapist Charlene “Billie” M. Nelson, PT, MA, FAPTA. The fund will provide doctoral scholarships to physical therapist researchers with priority given to those involved in Clinical Electrophysiology.

“This new fund offers us a path to further helping establish the next generation of physical therapist researchers interested in demonstrating the relevance of electrophysiology and wound management in physical therapy,” said Foundation President, Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA. “We are extremely grateful for the scholarship opportunities that Billie’s planned gift will provide.”

The new endowment fund was announced during the Foundation’s annual Donor and Award Recipient Reception at the Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans.

Billie was a founding member of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management and was the first woman to receive the Electrophysiology Clinical Specialist certification. She was an associate professor emerita in the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Billie passed away on May 11, 2017 at the age of 86.

You can help fulfill Billie’s goal of funding the next generation of physical therapist researchers by making a gift in her honor. Visit: 

The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization to fund physical therapy research to optimize health and movement. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships and scholarships. Many of today’s leading physical therapy researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their careers with this support. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to secure more than $824 million in follow-on funding.

To donate or learn more, visit or call 800/875-13678.




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