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, 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 Awards Reception  in conjunction with IPTA’s 2021 REVITALIZE Conference.

Thank you to the 49 students who applied this year! The Application Process is now closed for 2020.

  1. Applications will be accepted beginning December 1, 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

Applications must be submitted, in its entirety, no later than January 30, 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.
  • 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

While we had hoped to celebrate our recipients at our 2020 REVITALIZE Conference, we celebrated their success at our virtual Assembly meeting in July.

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, with an invitation to IPTA’s 2021 REVITALIZE Awards Event. Those applicants that were not selected will also be notified by a member of the review panel.
  5. Scholarship winners will be recognized and presented their scholarship during IPTA’s 2021 REVITALIZE Awards Event at the Q Center (St. Charles, IL).