Awards, Scholarships and Grants

Department of Physical Therapy Financial Awards

Each year, the Department of Physical Therapy distributes financial awards to deserving students. The Awards Committee consists of faculty reps and an alumni representative. The Committee examines each candidate’s application and allocates the prizes accordingly. The following list briefly summarizes the awards.

 

Bursaries They are administered by the UBC Awards Office. Please note that as per UBC Policy #72, graduate students in professional programs, such as MPT, are ineligible for UBC general bursary support. The exceptions are bursaries dedicated to the School of Rehabilitation Sciences such as the Margaret Croucher Award and the University of B.C. Rehabilitation Sciences Alumni Bursaries.

 

Scholarships These awards are based primarily on academic excellence, although factors such as character, school involvement, community involvement and athletic achievement may be considered. Students must fall within the top 10 of their class, or have obtained an average of 75% or higher, and carry at least 80% of a full course load.

 

Notification regarding awards With internally administered awards, the UBC Awards office informs recipients and organizes the cheque. With externally administered awards, the chair of the Department Awards Committee informs donors and recipients of the committee’s decision and ensures a mechanism by which the cheque is organized.

 

Application Process

In March of each year you will be given a listing of awards that are available to you for the year.  Awards which are based solely on marks do not require an application. Students are required to apply for most of the other awards.  There are no specific application forms unless stated otherwise. Carefully read the description of the award for which you are applying. This will indicate the criteria upon which the award decision is based. Write a letter to the Awards Committee explaining why you deserve this award. It is important to be specific when applying for an award and indicate how you meet the criteria for the award. Furthermore, please give examples to indicate how your performance or involvement in activities makes you a good candidate for the award. Identify in which year you did various activities. Do not include activities in which you were involved before entering the program that you did not continue with during the program. Incomplete applications (i.e. those missing part of the application, or those that do not contain the required number of copies will not be considered).

Please visit the scholarships and bursaries website for more information about awards at UBC.

Kievell Scholarship

Application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT1 & MPT2
Four scholarships have been made available through Vancouver Foundation by the late Myrtle Lorena Kievell in memory of her parents, James Wesley and Margaret Gardiner Kievell, and brother, William Elder Kievell. Two awards of $1,450 each, value varies, are offered respectively on the recommendation of the Department of Physical Therapy and the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy to first or second year female students in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. It is hoped that award recipients will spend time in an area where medical help is very much needed - in Canada or elsewhere.
Submit as email attachment to mpt.studentadvisor@ubc.ca by May 29, 2020

Heather Howard Memorial Scholarship

Application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT1
A scholarship of $1000, value varies, endowed in memory of Heather Howard (B.S.R., UBC, 1970), is open to a student who has completed the first year of the Master in Physical Therapy Program. It is awarded on the recommendation of Department of Physical Therapy to a student who is deserving of assistance, has demonstrated good academic ability and a keen interest in Rehabilitation Sciences, and who has participated meaningfully in student activities.
Submit as email attachment to mpt.studentadvisor@ubc.ca by May 29, 2020

Margaret Croucher Memorial Award

Application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT2
An award of $400, value varies, has been endowed by friends, family and colleagues of Margaret Croucher, to recognize her personal qualities and her pioneering contribution to the field of Rehabilitation in Home Care Services. The award is made at the beginning of the spring term, to a final year student in the Master of Physical Therapy program who has shown a keen interest in all aspects of Rehabilitation Sciences. Preference is given to a mature student deserving of financial assistance. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Physical Therapy.
Submit as email attachment to mpt.studentadvisor@ubc.ca by May 29, 2020 (Please include an outline of yearly budget and other information pertinent to demonstration of financial need).

Arthritis Society Vancouver Branch Scholarship

Application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT1,MPT2,MSc,PhD
A $1,600 scholarship, value varies, has been endowed by the Vancouver Branch of The Arthritis Society, B.C. & Yukon Division. The award is offered to a student in the Department of Physical Therapy interested in clinical research in Rheumatology or to a student completing an MSc or PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences who has a physical therapy focus to their research. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Physical Therapy.
Submit as email attachment to mpt.studentadvisor@ubc.ca by May 29, 2020.

Arthritis Society Vancouver Community Group James Kwan Scholarship

Application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT1,MPT2,MSc,PhD
A $1,000 scholarship, value varies, has been endowed by the Vancouver Community Group of The Arthritis Society, B.C. & Yukon Division for a student in the Department of Physical Therapy who is interested in clinical research in Rheumatology or to a student completing an MSc or PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences who has a physical therapy focus to their research. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Physical Therapy.
Submit as email attachment to mpt.studentadvisor@ubc.ca by May 29, 2020.

Evert Boxtart Memorial Award in Physical Therapy

Application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT2
A $1000 award*, value varies, has been endowed in memory of Evert Boxtart by his family for students in the Physical Therapy program. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Physical Therapy to a student who has completed his or her clinical education with distinction and has demonstrated initiative and compassion through volunteer activities in the community.
Submit as email attachment to mpt.studentadvisor@ubc.ca by May 29, 2020.
*to be evaluated in Fall of each year once students have completed their final placements.

Stephanie Gnup Scholarship in Physical Therapy

Application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT1
Scholarships totaling $5,500, value varies, have been endowed through a bequest by Stephanie Gnup for students entering the second year of the Physical Therapy Program. Financial circumstances of candidates may be taken into account in selecting scholarship recipients. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Department of Physical Therapy.
Submit as email attachment to mpt.studentadvisor@ubc.ca by May 29, 2020.

University of B.C. Rehabilitation Sciences Alumni Bursary

Application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT1, MPT2
Two bursaries of $3,200, value varies, for first or second year student in the Master of Physical Therapy Program and one for a first or second year student in the Master of Occupational Therapy Program and are based on financial need, participation in school and community activities, and academic standing. The recommendation is made by a joint faculty-alumni-student committee in consultation with Enrolment Services from the applications received.
Submit as email attachment to mpt.studentadvisor@ubc.ca by May 29, 2020. (Please include an outline of yearly budget and other information pertinent to demonstration of financial need).

Brigitte Raudzus Memorial Award in Physical Therapy

Application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT1, MPT2
A $1,000 award, value varies, is offered annually by Dietmar Raudzus in memory of his wife Brigitte Raudzus for physical therapy students with an interest in working with children with developmental or neurologic disorders. Brigitte was an involved UBC alumna (BSc Rehab 1966) and physiotherapist, and was also very active in her community as a volunteer and philanthropist. The award will be made on the recommendation of the Department of Physical Therapy in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Submit as email attachment to mpt.studentadvisor@ubc.ca by May 29, 2020.

Stephen Howard Memorial Scholarship

No application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT1
This scholarship in the amount of $700, value varies, is offered to a first year student in the Master of Physical Therapy Program for general proficiency in that field. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Physical Therapy.

Ken Fraser Memorial Scholarships

No application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT2
Two scholarships of $850 each, value varies, have been endowed by friends and colleagues of the late Ken F. Fraser. Mr. Fraser, who died in December, 1977, was a founding Director of the G. F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, and served as President of the Centre as well as Chairman of the Building Committee for the Centre for 5 building projects spanning the period 1948 to 1976. His efforts contributed substantially to the operation one of the largest and most modern rehabilitation facilities in Canada. One scholarship is made to a second year student in the Master of Occupational Therapy program. One scholarship is made to a second year student in the Master of Physical Therapy program. The scholarships are based on academic standing in the first year MOT and MPT courses. The awards are made on the recommendation of the respective Departments.
No application required.

Harold James Russell Scholarship in Rehabilitation Sciences

No application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT1
Scholarships totaling $2,000, value varies, have been endowed through a bequest from the late Harold James Russell. The awards are divided equally between the students in the Departments of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. Awards are made on the recommendation of the respective departments.
No application required.

Helen Butling Memorial Scholarship

No application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT1, MPT2
A $1,000 scholarship, value varies, has been endowed by family and friends of Helen Butling. It is made on the recommendation of the Department of Physical Therapy to an outstanding student in the Master of Physical Therapy program.
No application required.

Janet Louise Berryman Scholarship in Medicine

No application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT1
Scholarships totaling $13,500, value varies, have been endowed through a bequest by Janet Louise Berryman. The awards are offered to students in the Faculty of Medicine, including those in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the Department of Physical Therapy. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty.
No application required.

Rehabilitation Sciences Awards

No application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT1
Four awards of $475 each, value varies, have been endowed by the staff, students, and graduates of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. The awards are given to two entering second year Master of Occupational Therapy students and two entering second year Master of Physical Therapy students on the basis of good academic standing and overall personal qualities. Selection is made on the recommendation of the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine.
No application required.

Nancy Cho Alumni Award in Physical Therapy

No application required - Internally administered
Eligible: MPT2*
One or more awards totaling $1,200, value varies, are offered through an endowment established by Nancy Cho, BSc Rehab 1982. The awards are offered to second year students in the MPT program who are planning to pursue public practice and who demonstrate a passion for the profession of physical therapy. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Department of Physical Therapy in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. (First Award Available in the 2018/2019 Winter Session.)
No application required. *to be determined in the Fall term for grads pursuing public practice