Financial assistance for education is available to students interested in a career in pedorthics. Scholarships from the Pedorthic Footwear Foundation (PFF) can be used to cover tuition costs at courses that are recognized by various National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)-certified pedorthic credentialing organizations.
- Heather Moore Bernard Scholarship, established in the memory of Heather Moore Bernard, is available to certified or aspiring pedorthists who are pursuing a career in a pedorthic shoe store.
- The Aristotle Mirones Scholarship, established in memory of the founder of ARIMED Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics.
- The Sidney M. Pols Scholarship, created by P.W. Minor & Son.
- The Dennis Janisse Scholarship.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Applicants must have prior experience related to footwear for foot care
- Applicants must describe the educational plan they follow or intend to follow, including the school(s), the approximate timetable, and the approximate date on which they plan to take the pedorthic certification exam. (NOTE: Applicants need not be enrolled in a course at the time they apply.)
- Applicants are expected to sit for the certification exam within two (2) years of completing course work supported by the Foundation scholarship
- Applicants must agree in advance that, if selected to receive a scholarship, they will serve as advisors to the Foundation Scholarship Committee for two years immediately after receipt of a scholarship. Such service shall not exceed 16 hours of consultation, generally by telephone or e-mail, over the course of those years.
- Applicants must be prepared to describe their preferred area of concentration in pedorthics, and tell why it is their preference. Examples of "preferred area":
- patients with arthritis, athletic/sports injury, diabetes, or other category
- geriatric or pediatric patients
- patients whose foot problems are related more to repetitive stress than to medical need
- patients whose jobs place undue stresses on their feet
- patients experiencing severe foot trauma due to mechanical/vehicular injury
- general-practice pedorthic patients
- some other area of particular interest
- In addition to the application form, applicants must submit recommendations from three individuals who are not related to the applicant. Letters of recommendation should address the following points:
- applicant's commitment to helping others
- applicant's job performance
- applicant's acceptance of responsibility and dedication
- applicant's interest in achieving growth through education, mentoring, or other means
- if the recommender has observed the applicant at work: the applicant's work efficiency, ability to maintain perspective, ability to function in unusual or difficult circumstances, and ability to work with co-workers
- applicant's aptitude for pedorthic work, which involves, but is not limited to, manual dexterity; interpersonal communication; analytical problem solving; knowledge of medical terminology, footwear terminology, and properties of various adhesives, leathers, and other footwear components; visually assessing symmetry; hand-eye coordination; using electronic and mechanical evaluation devices and a variety of other tools; documentation; and,
- any other matters that seem relevant.
Note: If your recommenders prefer, they can send their letters directly to the Foundation (see address on application form). Envelopes must include your last name in the lower-left corner.
Scholarship applications must be received by January 31 each year. Recipients will be announced in April or earlier. The Foundation reserves the right to decline to award a scholarship. If the Foundation declines in any given year, it may choose to award additional scholarships in a subsequent year. A scholarship must be used within 12 months of being awarded, unless special arrangements are made.
Selection of scholarship recipients will be made by the Pedorthic Footwear Foundation Board or its appointed representatives. Decisions are final and may not be appealed. Selection criteria include, but are not limited to:
- evidence of commitment to a career in pedorthics;
- indication of how financial aid would affect the applicant's ability to pursue a career in pedorthics;
- applicant's preferred pedorthic interest area (NOTE: There is no "right" or "wrong" answer. This requirement simply increases the Foundation's understanding of the applicant);
- the applicant's stated intentions regarding "giving back" to the profession;
- indication of ability to be an effective certified pedorthist (NOTE: Previous activities, such as participating in health fairs, taking special courses, volunteer or civic activities, or other efforts or undertakings may be relevant here).
If a relative or employee of a member of the Foundation's board applies for a scholarship, that board member will not participate in scholarship decisions.
To obtain an application form, provide your name and address to the Pedorthic Footwear Foundation, 2025 M Street, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. An application will be mailed to you. You may also download an application form and instructions by clicking here.