Physical Therapy Scholarships
We realize that decisions about selecting a college and paying for a college education present tough choices to American families. Our system of higher education is big, diverse, and full of opportunity, but making good decisions about college requires information and preparation. One must utilize all resources that are available to them. Therefore, we attempt to give you as much information as we possibly can to help you plan for your educational and financial undertaking. Listed below are some of the many resources and types of financial aid that you will find available to you here at the University of Michigan-Flint.
The on-line application for UM-Flint Scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year will be available in the secure area of SIS beginning December 10, 2012. Applicants to the DPT program may apply for scholarships online via SIS between mid-December and June 1. You will apply for all university scholarships* and most PT scholarships with this single online application. Supporting documents (as required by each individual scholarship) must be submitted directly to the Office of Financial Aid following the completion of the electronic application. Failure to submit required supporting documents will disqualify you from scholarship consideration. All materials are due by June 1. Students must be fully admitted and must have a completed FAFSA on record by June 8 to be considered for a scholarship. Please see the related Financial Aid web page: http://www.umflint.edu/finaid/scholarship.htm .
The Physical Therapy Department is proud to offer 12 scholarship opportunities within the department. They include:
Paulette Kondela Cebulski Physical Therapy Scholarship Fund In 2006, after over 30 years of service to the University, Paulette Kondela Cebulski, PT, Ph.D., entered retirement. Dr. Cebulski served as the Director of the program in Flint from 1994-2006. Applicants must demonstrate professional behaviors, their financial need via FAFSA and a personal statement, and must outline their academic and professional goals in the essay portion of the scholarship application. Students apply through the scholarship on-line process by June 1 each year.
Andrew and Lillian Dalman Physical Therapy Scholarship Fund Andrew John Dalman and Lillian Mulder Dalman are the parents of Physical Therapy Alumnae, Jane Dykstra. Jane lovingly honored the memory of her parents by starting this scholarship in their names. Applicants must demonstrate professional behaviors, demonstrate financial need via FAFSA and a personal statement, and must outline their academic and professional goals in the essay portion of the scholarship application. Students apply through the scholarship on-line process by June 1 each year.
Ralph M. and Emmalyn E. Freeman Physical Therapy Scholarship The estate of former Federal Judge Ralph M. Freeman and his wife, Emmalyn Ellis Freeman, provided a very generous gift to the University of Michigan-Flint; their gift has provided for the establishment of several scholarship endowments at the University. Applicants must have a minimum of a B+ (6.0) grade point average. Students apply through the scholarship on-line process by June 1 each year.
The Wendy Frost LaFontaine Memorial Scholarship in Physical Therapy was established in 1983 by the family and friends of Wendy Frost LaFontaine, who died in January, 1980 while a staff physical therapist at St. Joseph Hospital. The scholarship assists students of exceptional merit in the UM-Flint professional physical therapy program to complete the terminal portions of the clinical education program. Recipients demonstrate entry-level performance and personal character and reputation which does honor to UM, the profession and the community. UM-Flint PT students who have been assigned to the Genesys Health System will be eligible to apply during their final clinical affiliation. Contact the physical therapy staff to apply.
The Fry Physical Therapy Scholarship was established by UM-Flint PT faculty member and former PTD Director Donna Fry in loving memory of her parents, Robert and Mildred (Wanty) Fry, public school educators who highly valued education and providing access to quality education for all students. Designed to provide disadvantaged Year 1 DPT students with assistance, applicants must demonstrate financial need via the FAFSA and a statement that addresses how they qualify as a disadvantaged student, e.g., first generation college student or receiving public assistance. Graduate of high school in Genesee County will be given preference. Contact the physical therapy staff to apply.
The Jane Eileen Murdock Memorial Scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Jane Murdock, a 1973 graduate of the U of M PT Program who passed away June 22, 2008. Jane Murdock's legacy was one of service to the profession as both a gifted clinician and skilled administrator. This scholarship recognizes students who have the potential to make a contribution to the profession and are dedicated to serving in voluntary capacities that demonstrate commitment to advancement of physical therapy. Applicants must meet minimum academic standards; have demonstrated history of service to the profession through membership/participation with APTA or MPTA; University or community volunteer activities; and professional behaviors in the classroom and clinical setting. Students apply through the scholarship on-line process by June 1 each year.
The David Potter Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by classmates from his graduating class of 1999, family, and friends in memory of David, a non-traditional physical therapy student who received his undergraduate degree in Health Sciences and his graduate degree in Physical Therapy from UM-Flint with honors. David had a significant impact in the field of Physical Therapy, changing the lives of many patients, and now has a legacy of transforming the lives of PT students with this scholarship in his name. Recipients will have detailed their enrollment in the Physical Therapy program as a second career choice, provided a summary of community service, outlined their academic and professional goals, and be in good academic standing. Students apply through the scholarship on-line process by June 1 each year.
The Coleman J. Ross, Jr. and Lois R. Ross Scholarship Fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. Ross in 1986 with a gift to The Campaign for Michigan. Mr. and Mrs. Ross have added to the original amount several times. This fund is designated to provide scholarship assistance to UM-Flint students who are pursuing an education in the field of physical therapy. Applicants must have at least a 5.0 GPA and have completed at least 48 credit hours; selection is based on consideration of financial need. The award money is to be used only for tuition, books or fees. Students apply through the scholarship on-line process by June 1 each year.
The Bradley Roth Memorial Scholarship was established in 2011 by friends and family in celebration of the life and legacy of Brad Roth, 1998 UM-Flint DPT alumnae and department head at Borgess Medical Center, who died in a car accident in January 2010. The scholarship is intended for students who have the potential of making a contribution to the profession of physical therapy. Applicants need to be full-time DPT students who demonstrate financial need. Applicants must demonstrate professional behaviors, known by the department as generic abilities and professionalism. Students apply through the scholarship on-line process by June 1 each year.
Ernestine R. Smith Physical Therapy Scholarship Dr. Ernestine R. Smith established the Ernestine R. Smith, Ph.D., MPH Physical Therapy Scholarship to assist UM-Flint physical therapy students who have established an outstanding record of success in their pursuit of higher education, and who have demonstrated commitment to the practice of physical therapy and patient care. Applicants must have a B+ (6.0) grade point average; submit a minimum one-page cover letter in which they identify their present involvement and future interest in patient care; state their career goals; and demonstrate commitment to the profession. Contact the physical therapy staff to apply.
The William C. Smith Doctor of Physical Therapy Scholarship was established in 2011 by his family in memory of Bill ’Trout’ Smith, who after suffering a brain injury was given dedicated physical therapy treatment by a UM-Flint DPT program alumnus. The scholarship is intended for full or part-time students enrolled in the UM-Flint DPT program with a preferred interest in specializing with brain-injured patients. Financial need is a consideration. Students apply through the scholarship on-line process by June 1 each year.
The Virginia Wilson Memorial Scholarship was established by the faculty and staff of the Physical Therapy Department in 1999 in memory of the physical therapy educational program founding director, Miss Virginia Wilson. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize students with outstanding potential to make a meaningful contribution to the profession. Applicants must meet minimum academic standards, have demonstrated history of service to the profession through membership/participation with APTA/ MPTA; volunteer activities within the University or community; and professional behaviors in the classroom and clinical setting. Students apply through the scholarship on-line process by June 1 each year.
School of Health Professions and Studies(SHPS): The Selig Award of Excellence is a prestigious award given to a student attending the University of Michigan-Flint, School of Health Professions and Studies, for exceptional achievement in academics and civic or community engagement. The Selig Award recognizes a student who demonstrates not only scholastic accomplishments and leadership, but also significant civic engagement.
In addition to other scholarships and grants available from UM-F, graduate student scholarships and grants are available for students who qualify for them by meeting their criteria. They include:
Carl & Sarah Morgan Graduate Student Scholarship
Esther C. Stone Graduate Student Scholarship
Graduate Student Grants
For further information on Graduate Student Financial Aid available at the University of Michigan-Flint, choose the link on the right side of this page.