Foundation for Physical Therapy Establishes New Mildred L. Wood Endowment Fund

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The Foundation for Physical Therapy is honored to be named the recipient of over $115,000 in the form of a bequest by longtime supporter and active member within the physical therapy community, Mildred L. Wood, PhD. Dr. Wood passed away on February 28, 2016 at the age of 95.

“Dr. Mildred Wood was a prominent physical therapist, and we are extremely grateful for her donation,” said Foundation Board of Trustees President Barbara Connolly, PT, DPT, EdD, FAPTA. “Dr. Wood strongly believed in the advancement of our profession and this gift will allow for continued growth of the Foundation and additional funding opportunities for developing the next generation of PT researchers.”

Years ago, the Foundation worked with Dr. Wood on the planned gift she intended to make. Following her wishes, the Foundation has established the Mildred L. Wood Endowment Fund. The fund is intended to support physical therapy researchers enrolled in a post-professional doctoral education program with the intention of teaching in a PT educational program. The Foundation anticipates scholarships becoming available in upcoming years.

The Mildred L. Wood Endowment 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 Bella J. May Scholarship 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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