Orthotics and Prosthetics:
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Practitioner Program Scholarships

The Dan McKeever Scholarship Program

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Development Fund is pleased to announce the Dan McKeever Scholarship Program to provide grants to individuals who are pursuing an education in orthotics and prosthetics.

Each year, the program will award $1,000 to three deserving students enrolled in a CAAHEP-accredited O&P practitioner program.

Qualifications

Applicants must be enrolled in a CAAHEP-accredited O&P practitioner program as well as:

  1. Demonstrate financial need;
  2. Display leadership qualities;
  3. Contribute to their own education financially;
  4. Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.
Applications

Students may apply directly for the scholarship, or a professor may nominate them. To be considered for the award, students must submit a completed application, a letter of reference, a transcript, and a 200-word essay on why they want to work in the orthotic and/or prosthetic professions.

Deadline

Applications must be received by May 30.

Send materials to:

The Academy
McKeever Scholarship Fund
1331 H Street, NW
Suite 501
Washington, DC 20005

Materials will become the property of the Fund and cannot be returned.

Questions?

Call the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists at (202) 380-3663, ext 212 or email .

Dan McKeever Scholarship Fund Application (PDF Format)

The Chester Haddan Scholarship Program

Orthotist examining an orthotic brace on the foot of a child.

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Development Fund is pleased to announce the Chester Haddan Scholarship Program to provide grants to individuals who are pursuing an education in orthotics and prosthetics. Each year, the program will award $1,000 to a deserving O&P student enrolled in a CAAHEP-accredited O&P practitioner program.

Qualifications

Applicants must be enrolled in a CAAHEP-accredited O&P practitioner program as well as:

  1. Demonstrate financial need;
  2. Display leadership qualities;
  3. Contribute to their own education financially;
  4. Provide a recommendation from someone currently working within the orthotic and/or prosthetic profession.
Applications

Students may apply directly for the scholarship, or a professor may nominate them. To be considered for the award, students must submit a completed application, a letter of reference, a transcript, and a 200-word essay on why they want to work in the orthotic and/or prosthetic professions

Deadline

Applications must be received by January 31.

Send materials to:

The Academy
Chester Haddan Scholarship Fund
1331 H Street, NW
Suite 501
Washington, DC 20005

Materials will become the property of the Fund and cannot be returned.

Questions?

Call the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists at (202) 380-3663, ext 212 or email .

Chester Haddan Scholarship Fund Application (PDF Format)

Scholarships for Residents of Illinois, Wisconsin, or Indiana

Medical personnel looking at an x-ray image.

The Academy's Midwest Chapter offers the $1,000 Gunter Gehl Scholarship for O&P students that who have completed a CAAHEP-accredited O&P practitioner program and are full-time residents of Illinois, Wisconsin, or Indiana. Students must submit an application, research article, and a curriculum vitae to the Midwest Chapter by April 1. The Midwest Chapter Board will select the four best research papers. The chosen four will then make a 15-minute presentation of their paper at the Midwest Chapter meeting. Details are available from the Midwest Chapter.


Dale Yasukawa Scholarship Program

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund's Dale Yasukawa Scholarship Program is open to all full-time students enrolled in the Northwestern University's Prosthetic Orthotic Center (NUPOC) O&P practitioner program. Its chief purpose is to encourage student participation in their local chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. OPAF expects that the $500 award will be used specifically to defray local chapter meeting registration fees and assist in the purchasing of books, supplies, and equipment needed for ongoing studies at NUPOC.

Qualifications

Candidates must be full-time students enrolled in Northwestern University's Prosthetic Orthotic Center (NUPOC) O&P practitioner program.

Applications

To be considered for the award, students must submit the following:

  1. A package of information that includes a current curriculum vitae (indicating current grade point average and class rank or percentile ranking); and
  2. A short narrative (no more than two double-spaced pages in length) that describes why she/he is a good candidate for the award. The application narrative should address:
    • Financial need;
    • School/community/volunteer activities;
    • Noteworthy personal and academic achievements and awards and recognitions; and
    • Work/internship history.

Applications under the current cycle are due no later than May 1.

Complete applications should be sent via email (as attachments either in Microsoft Word format or in Adobe PDF format) to .

All applications must be complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Note: Please do not send via regular mail any applications, binders, folders, or any permanently bound material. Such material will not be considered and cannot be returned.

All applications will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the board of directors of the Fund.

The successful applicant in the current funding cycle will be expected to offer OPAF a short narrative (at least two double-spaced pages in length) about their experiences at his or her local chapter of the Academy meeting. This essay will appear on a special page set aside on the OPAF website to recognize the student's professional accomplishments and experiences in O&P.

Successful applicants will also be responsible for keeping their own receipts and financial records for any reporting required in compliance with Internal Revenue Service guidelines as stated in IRS Publication 520 "Scholarships and Fellowships." A copy of this document is available for download (PDF).

Deadline

Applications must be received by May 1. The award will be announced shortly thereafter.

Send materials to:

Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc.
750 Bridgeview Road
Langhorne, PA 19053
Tel: (215) 752-5756
Fax: (215) 752-5759
Email:

Materials will become the property of the Fund and cannot be returned.

Questions

If you have any questions about applying for the Dale Yasukawa Scholarship, please contact OPAF at (215) 752-5756 or email .


Century College

Century College supports the educational goals of highly motivated students who are dedicated to helping the physically challenged though a career in O&P by offering a scholarship named for Ken Chagnon, an O&P educational pioneer.

Amount

$1,500 prorated between the fall and spring semesters.

Criteria
  • Applicant is currently registered at Century College and has a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher;
  • Applicant is a graduate of at least one orthotic/prosthetic program at Century College;
  • Applicant is enrolled (or will be enrolled) in the O&P practitioner program with a minimum of 12 credits per semester during each semester the award is received;
  • Applicant’s personal letter demonstrates financial need;
  • Applicant submits a written recommendation from an orthotic/prosthetic instructor.
Deadline

April 14

Details

For more information visit the Century College Foundation website or call (800) 228-1978.