PT SOLUTIONS "Future leaders SCHOLARSHIP"

PT Solutions (PTS) has partnered with the Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF) to award seven Illinois student physical therapist (SPT) and one student physical therapist assistant (SPTA) each with a $3,000 scholarship on behalf of the PTS Future Leaders Scholarship Program.

This scholarship is intended to recognize and reward Illinois physical therapy students who express an early interest in leadership, whether that be through clinical leadership or advocating for your profession. Applicants should demonstrate promising leadership potential as practical clinicians.

At PT Solutions, we provide transformative care to our community through evidence, experience, and exceptional service because everyone deserves the chance to be unstoppable. We are seeking to provide financial support for students who align with our values of living clinically through hospitality, innovation, togetherness, and integrity.

Application Process

Application Packets will be accepted beginning June 15. The deadline to submit your Application Packet is August 1. All items in the packet must be submitted before the deadline in one PDF document sent to IPTA@IPTA.org.

Application Packet Checklist

  • Complete application, including essay questions
  • Copy of unofficial school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation--PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS AN ERROR ON THE APPLICATION.  ALL LETTERS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED BY YOU IN ONE PDF DOCUMENT.  DO NOT HAVE THEM SENT DIRECTLY TO THE IPTA.

Selection & Award Process

Upon selection of the recipients, PT Solutions will submit the scholarship funds to the IPTF, a 501(c)3, a nonprofit corporation, who will be responsible for the distribution of funds to the scholarship recipients.

  • All completed application packets received by the deadline will be independently reviewed by a panel of three reviewers (two members of PT Solutions and one IPTF Board of Directors member.)
  • Application packets will be scored on a competitive basis with emphasis on the students: leadership potential; desire to excel and practice in the clinical environment; contribution to patient satisfaction during clinical education; ability to be a team player in the clinical environment; and evidence of advancing practical knowledge of PT.
  • SPT applicants will only be considered if at least two applications have been received from their program/school. A minimum of two SPTA applications must be received from any Illinois PTA programs for consideration.
  • A member of the review panel will notify the students selected to receive the scholarship, with an invitation to GSU Networking Event on September 18 as well as invited to the IPTA’s Awards Event. Those applicants that were not selected will be notified by a member of the staff.
  • Scholarship winners will receive their one time stipend of $3000 at the GSU Networking Event on September 18 or mailed if not present.

Scholarship winners will also be recognized during IPTA’s Awards Event in conjunction with the IPTA Spring Assembly.

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Eligibility Requirements

Only applicants who are beginning their final year before graduation are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Current student member of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA)
  • Currently enrolled in an Illinois PT/PTA program
  • In good standing with their academic institution

Completing a clinical rotation with PT Solutions is not required, but preferred.

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