Scholarships

The following information describes the criteria, awards, and how to apply for the Physical Therapy Scholarships offered each year. Please note that only currently enrolled Sac State DPT students are eligible to apply for these scholarships and all recipients will be independently selected by the PT Scholarship Committee. Information including application due dates and scholarship amounts will be emailed to all current DPT students sometime in December or January of each academic year.

Sutter Physical Therapy Scholarship

  • Amount: Varies
  • Number of scholarships to be awarded: 3
  • Criteria:
    1. Graduate students eligible for licensure (2nd year students only)
    2. Good academic standing
    3. Financial need is required and must be verified through the financial aid office
    4. Full-time enrollment
  • How to apply: Submit essay in a MS Word document (Titled: Sutter Scholarship [Year] _ Your Name) that is no more than one page in length (12pt font, 1.5 spacing) that shows how you have personally overcome one of the following obstacles and challenges in pursuit of your PT degree:
    1. Low income: Overcoming a disadvantaged economic background
    2. First generation: First in a family to attend college
    3. Environmental Background: Challenges such as immigrant, single-parent families, etc.
    4. Becoming bilingually fluent: speaking or writing fluently with native speakers in a language other than English
    5. Veteran’s status

Jancis K. Dennis Scholarship

  • Amount : Varies
  • Number of scholarships to be awarded: 1
  • Criteria:
    1. 2nd or 3rd year student (including internships)
    2. Top 25% of students in all neurological coursework
    3. Be in good academic standing
    4. Be interested in a neurological rehabilitation as demonstrated by appropriate activities and written statements
    5. Have demonstrated good clinical decision making skills
    6. Financial aid may be a consideration
    7. Full time enrollment
  • How to Apply: Submit essay in a MS Word document (Titled:  Jancis K. Dennis Scholarship [Year] _ Your Name) that is no more than one page in length (12pt font, 1.5 spacing) that includes:
    1. Grades in Neurology Courses (PT614, PT624, PT644)
    2. Your interest in neurological rehab
    3. Optional: Your financial need

Bob Larson Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount: Varies
  • Number of scholarships to be awarded: 1
  • Criteria:
    1. 2nd or 3rd year student (including internships)
    2. Students that were out of college for 5 or more year before enrolling in the Sacramento State PT Program
    3. Minimum GPA 3.0
    4. Demonstration of financial aid may be considered
    5. Full-time enrollment
  • How to Apply: Submit essay in a MS Word document (Titled:  Bob Larson Memorial Scholarship [Year] _Your Name) that is no more than one page in length (12pt font, 1.5 spacing) that describes:
    1. Your motivation for becoming a PT
    2. Career aspirations
    3. Answer the question: “What in your life experience has led you to think that physical therapy is the right professional career choice for you?”

Susan Young McGinty Scholarship

  • Amount: Varies
  • Number of scholarships to be awarded: 3
    1. One for first-year students after first semester
    2. One for second-year students
    3. One for third-year students
  • Applicants may receive this scholarship more than once over the course of the program.
  • Criteria
    1. Be in good academic standing
    2. Financial need is required
    3. Full-time enrollment
  • How to Apply: Submit essay in a MS Word document (Titled:  Susan Young McGinty Scholarship [Year] _ Your Name) that is no more than one page in length (12pt font, 1.5 spacing) that describes how you have personally overcome obstacle and challenges working towards your DPT in one or more of the following areas:
    1. Becoming bilingually fluent: speaking or writing fluently with native speakers in a language other than English
    2. Overcoming a disadvantaged economic background: low income by indications such as welfare status, parent’s occupation, near or below the federally defined poverty level, children working to support the family, eligibility for free lunch programs; eligibility for food stamps.
    3. Overcoming a disadvantaged educational background: disadvantaged in education such as parental family has no education beyond elementary or secondary school level, low socioeconomic level of school population, high school in lowest quartile in statewide academic testing (API).
    4. Overcoming a disadvantaged environmental background: environmental challenges such as immigrant family, single-parent household, homelessness, or growing up in a rural community, residence on a Rancheria or reservation, migrant camp, or home in which English was not the primary language
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