The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to PT and PTA students who demonstrate superior capabilities and the potential to significantly contribute to the growth of the physical therapy profession
The originators of the Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy had the foresight to recognize a need for financial support of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant students in Georgia. The Foundation's purpose is to provide scholarships to students and support high quality scientifically based clinical research in Georgia.The Founders Scholarship recognizes these early organizers for their dedication and vision. We honor Glory Sanders, Marcia Pearl, Pearl Pettersen, Patterson Wolfe, Steve Hensley, David Pittman, Jr., and Diane Spencer.
The Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy (GFPT) offers several scholarships to support physical therapy students in Georgia. The 2024 Scholarship submission deadline is Monday, October 30, 2023.
NOTE: The application process for 2024 has changed and all applications will be submitted online. See the instructions below.
Team Rehab will offer one $2,000 scholarship for one SPT from EACH accredited PT school in GA and one SPTA $2,000 scholarship from ONE accredited PTA school in GA. This scholarship is intended to recognize and reward Georgia SPTs and SPTAs who exhibit superior scholastic accomplishments and demonstrate promising potential as a practical clinician. Scholarships are awarded to students based on the following criteria:
The Phyllis D. Palma Scholarship is offered in memory of Phyllis D. Palma who passed away in 2019. This scholarship in the amount of $2,000 is scheduled to be awarded annually and is intended for those individuals who have been inspired by Phyllis’ life work and who reflect her passion and zest for life. To gain insight on Phyllis’s life and work, click here:
PT Solutions Future Leaders Scholarship Program will offer eight $2,000 scholarships for SPT's enrolled in an accredited PT school in Georgia through the PT Solutions Future Leaders Scholarship. Efforts will be made to distribute awards across all accredited PT programs in Georgia, though quality of application will be prioritized. This scholarship is intended to recognize Georgia physical therapy students who express an early interest in leadership, whether that be through clinical leadership or advocating for their profession. Applicants should demonstrate promising leadership potential as practical clinicians. Scholarships are awarded to students based on the following criteria:
Sunshine Student Scholarship
The Sunshine Student Scholarship will offer $2,000 to one student Physical Therapist in their third year of professional training who is planning to pursue a career in pediatric physical therapy. Scholarships are awarded to students based on the following criteria:
Sunshine Post-professional Award
The Sunshine Post-professional Award will support one practicing physical therapist who has successfully obtained their board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy within the last five years. Up to $1,500 of specialty exam registration fees will be reimbursed. Proof and date of certification are required.
The GFPT will determine the number of Sunshine Scholarships and Awards to be given each year up to $5,000 per year. If the Committee determines there is not a worthy nominee in any one scholarship category, the award may be allocated to another scholarship category or not given.
Prepare all application documents (application information, photo, nominee statement, verification of hours, and official transcript) prior to beginning the online application process. Once your online application is submitted, you will not have an opportunity to make changes to the application. Please ensure you have all of the required information ready for upload prior to starting your application. IMPORTANT: Please include your last name in all file names.