Team Rehabilitation Services has partnered with the Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF) to award eight Illinois physical therapy students each with a $2,000 academic scholarship!

This scholarship is intended to recognize and reward Illinois student physical therapists (SPT) and student physical therapist assistants (SPTA) who exhibit superior scholastic accomplishments, and demonstrate promising potential as practical clinicians.

Current student members of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA), who are currently enrolled in an Illinois PT/PTA program and have completed at least one clinical experience(see note in red), are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Eight students will be selected to each receive a one-time stipend of $2,000, funded by Team Rehabilitation. Scholarship winners will be recognized during IPTA’s Virtual Assembly on March 6, 2021.

Applications will be accepted starting November 15, 2020. 

Thank you to the 49 students who applied last year. We were able to award all 8 scholarships last year.  Let's make that happen again!

  1. Applications will be accepted beginning November 15, 2020.
  2. Applicants must submit the following in a single PDF document to, by the application deadline:
    1. Cover letter describing their career objectives and highlighting what makes them a team  player striving for excellence within the clinical environment
    2. Resume
    3. Unofficial transcript from their PT/PTA program only (showing their GPA)
    4. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member
    5. One or more letters of recommendation from clinical instructors.  Waived for 2nd Year PT students if they have not completed a clinical due to Covid-19.

Applications must be submitted, in its entirety, no later than January 15, 2021.



  • Applicants must be current IPTA student PT or student 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 have completed at least one clinical experience. If due to Covid-19 clinical cancellations, this will  be waived for 2nd Year PT students onlyNo letter of recommendation from a clinical instructor required for 2nd Year PT students.
  • PT applicants who are graduating by May/June 2022.
  • PTA applicants must be within their final year before graduation.
  • Applicants must submit their applications, in their entirety, prior to the deadline specified below.


MEGAN FLYNN, SPT –  Bradley University
KRISTINA KLINGBEIL, SPT – Midwestern University
DANA MILLER, SPT – Northwestern University
RACHEL PETERSON, SPT – University of Illinois at Chicago
AUBRIE PURTELL, SPT– Northern Illinois University
CHRISTOPHER RAFACZ, SPT– Governors State University
JACOB RHOADS, SPTA – Elgin Community College
JULIA THOMPSON, SPT – Rosalind Franklin University

We will celebrate our 2021 recipients during our virtual Assembly meeting on March 6th.

Selection and Award Process

Upon selection of the recipients, Team Rehabilitation will submit the scholarship funds to the IPTF, a 501(c)3, a non profit corporation, who will be responsible for the distribution of funds to the scholarship recipients. 

  1. All completed applications received by the deadline will be blinded and independently reviewed by a panel of three reviewers (two members of Team Rehabilitation and one IPTF Board of Directors member).
  2. Applications will be scored on a competitive basis with emphasis on the students: academic accomplishments; 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.
  3. SPT applicants will only be considered if at least two applications have been received from their program/school.
  4. A member of the review panel will notify the students selected to receive scholarships. Those applicants that were not selected will also be notified by a member of the review panel.
  5. Scholarship winners will be recognized during the IPTA Virtual Assembly held March 6, 2021 and their checks will be mailed.