Awards, Scholarships and Grants

Each year, the Department provides current students with a list of available awards and detailed instructions on how to apply at the end of Winter Term 2. The Awards Committee examines each candidate’s application and allocates the prizes accordingly.

 

With internally administered awards, the UBC Awards office informs recipients and distributes the funds. 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 funds are distributed.

 

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

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MPT Awards List

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.

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.

Applicants will be asked to include a yearly budget outline and other information regarding financial needs.

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.

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.

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.

*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.

University of B.C. Rehabilitation Sciences Alumni Bursary

Application required – Internally administered
Eligible: MPT1, MPT2

Bursaries totalling $6,400 have been made available through an endowment established by the School of Rehabilitation Medicine Undergraduate Society for first and second-year Master of Physical Therapy and Master of Occupational Therapy students 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.

Applicants will be asked to include a yearly budget outline and other information regarding financial needs.

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.

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
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Carol Kennedy Scholarship

Application required – Internally administered
Preference will be given to GCOMPT applicants or students.

The Carol Kennedy Scholarship acknowledges the foundational role of Carol Kennedy in developing, and advancing the UBC Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy (GCOMPT).

The scholarship, amount TBD, is awarded annually to a Physical Therapist who demonstrates:

  • enthusiasm and commitment to clinical excellence in orthopaedic musculoskeletal physical therapy,
  • a patient-centred evidence-based approach and
  • commitment to the profession.

Eligibility:

Licensed Physical Therapists who are undertaking continuing education opportunities related to musculoskeletal physical therapy practice. This award is primarily designated for current or prospective students in the Department of Physical Therapy GCOMPT program, however applications from students in other relevant programs may also be considered.

Application Process:

A letter from the applicant, describing how they meet the criteria for the award, plus letter(s) of support. One letter of support is required from a supervisor or peer. An additional support letter may be provided; this may be from a patient / client / student / other who are able to comment on the applicant suitability for the award.