Applications will be accepted beginning June 10, 2024

Here is the application process as you prepare.

Applicants must submit the following in a single PDF document to [email protected], by the application deadline:

A.  Complete this cover sheet that includes

  • Contact information
  • Demographic data (to be compiled in aggregate, not as a basis for selection but to help us ensure we are making this scholarship accessible to everyone)

B.  Personal Essay (not to exceed 500 words)demonstrating the applicants desire to care for patients and how their involvement in the IPTA/IPTF/APTA, School clubs & activities, and volunteer work have helped them to grow as a person and will enhance their ability to provide excellent patient care.

C. Unofficial transcript from their PT/PTA program (showing their GPA).

D.  Resume showing their involvement in activities/volunteer work.

E.  One letter of recommendation from a faculty member, emphasizing their service to the school/program.

F.  One or more letters of recommendation from someone who supervised them in the IPTA/IPTF/APTA, school activity, or volunteer work within their community.

Applications must be submitted, in its entirety, no later than August 1, 2024.

Presented by IPTA Student members to support IPTA Student Members!

In 2019, Emilio Zayas, GSU DPT Class of 2021, asked the IPTF Board if he and fellow GSU DPT students could organize a Networking Event with the proceeds benefiting the IPTF.  Nearly 80 people gathered at the Columbia Yacht Club on a delightful summer evening on Lake Michigan.  This fabulous event gave students and PTs a chance to network while also raising over $1500 for the IPTF.

One of the many topics discussed that night was the financial challenges PT/PTA students are facing.  This discussion, as well as the success of the evening, inspired the idea of presenting a new scholarship to a PT/PTA student at the beginning of their final year of school with funds raised through student organized events.  Thus, the Student to Student Scholarship was born!  Funds from any student led fundraiser will be used to fund these scholarships.

Emilio Zayas, PT, DPT continues to organize this event along with the GSU PTSA.  Registration will open August 1 for this year's event that will be held on  Sunday, September 22, 2024.

We awarded 3 scholarships in 2 at the GSU Networking Event held at the Columbia Yacht Club.  They were also recognized during IPTA’s Awards Ceremony in conjunction with IPTA’s 2024 Assembly.

Selection process

    1. All completed applications received by the deadline will be independently reviewed by members of the IPTF Board of Directors.
    2. Applications will be scored on a competitive basis with emphasis on the student's involvement and volunteer activities along with their desire to help others.
    3. Students will be notified if selected to receive the scholarship, with an invitation to GSU Networking Event on September 22 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.
    4. Scholarship winners will receive their one time stipend of $1000 at the GSU Networking Event on September 22.
    5. Scholarship winners will be recognized during IPTA’s Awards Event in conjunction with the 2025 IPTA Spring Assembly.

    • Applicants must be a current IPTA student PT/PTA member, in good standing with the APTA/IPTA.
    • Applicants must be in good academic standing and currently enrolled in an Illinois PT/PTA program.
    • Applicants must be within their final year before graduation.
    • Submit application, in its entirety, prior to the deadline specified below.

    Download Application Cover Sheet



    Many thanks to Revolution PTWL for sponsoring a Student to Student scholarship for the second year in a row as well as helping sponsor the GSU Networking Event.  This  allowed the IPTF to award 3 scholarships in 2023!
    Congratulations to our 2023 recipients!

    ALEXANDRA GOSS, SPTA - Southwestern Illinois College

    SARA MATSUMOTO, SPT - Northwestern University 

    JACKSON SMART, SPT - Bradley University

    Thank you to our 2023 scholarship sponsors:  IPTF and Revolution PTWL