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There are a number of merit-based scholarship opportunities for students through the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences as well as through the Department of Physical Therapy. These opportunities become available to students in the fall term once the program has officially begun. 

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The scholarship opportunities listed below are those that are typically available through the Department of Physical Therapy. Scholarship amounts can range from $500-$4,000. The amount awarded for each scholarship varies from year to year and is dependent upon the number of students who apply. 

Alice Chagnot Oulette Endowed Student Scholarship

Established in 1991 by Alice Chagnot Oulette, a 1947 D.T. Watson graduate; this scholarship is awarded to a DPT student who is enrolled full time, is in good academic standing, and has financial need.  This scholarship can be awarded to one or more students.

Centers for Rehab Services Leadership Scholarship

Established by Centers for Rehab Services, a partner of UPMC; this scholarship is awarded to an entry-level physical therapy student(s) demonstrating leadership by way of involvement with APTA, the Foundation for Physical Therapy, or other roles within the profession. This award is made at the discretion of the Chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy.

David Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center/Joseph M. David Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2005 by Joseph David, a 1988 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Physical Therapy; this scholarship is awarded to an entry-level physical therapy student in the final year of study who demonstrates financial need; good academic standing (minimum of 3.0); and exceptional clinical competence. An application, essay, and possible interview are required.

Dorothy Bradley Brown Endowed Student Scholarship

Established in 1990 by Dorothy Bradley Brown, a 1941 graduate of D.T Watson; this scholarship is awarded to a DPT student who is enrolled full time, is in good academic standing, and has financial need. This scholarship can be awarded to one or more students.

D.T. Watson Alumni Scholarship

​Established by the alumni and friends of the D.T. Watson School of Physiatrists, Division of Physical Therapy, in 1969; this scholarship is awarded to a DPT student who is enrolled full time, is in good academic standing, and has financial need. This scholarship can be awarded to more than one student.

Pat Croce Endowed Student Scholarship

Established in 1991 by Pasquale “Pat” Croce, a 1977 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Physical Therapy; this scholarship is awarded to full time DPT student in the first year of study who has completed a minimum of 20 credits of professional study in good academic standing and has financial need. It may be awarded to one or more students.

Patricia Leahy Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1997 in memory of Patti Leahy, a 1979 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Physical Therapy; this scholarship is awarded to a well rounded DPT student who has a special interest in neurology and neurologic physical therapy. The recipient should also reflect Patti’s love of family, friends, and social life.

Paul and Judy Rockar Endowed Student Scholarship

Established in 2005 by Paul (and Judy) Rockar, a 1981 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Advanced Master’s orthopaedic and sports physical therapy program; this scholarship is awarded to a 2nd year DPT student who is enrolled full time and who is in good academic standing. This student must demonstrate a commitment to professional development, leadership, and lifelong learning.

Pearl C. Mann Scholarship Fund in Physical Therapy

Established in 1997 by Pearl C. Mann, a 1945 graduate of D.T. Watson; this scholarship is awarded based on outstanding academic achievement and financial need. The student must be enrolled full-time in the DPT program and they must be a U.S citizen.

Jessie Wright Scholarship

This is the highest honor awarded by the Faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy and is given to a student who displays superior achievement & potential of becoming an outstanding clinician. This award is based on the unanimous decision of the Faculty.

Victoria Green Memorial Resource Award

Mary Behling Browne Physical Therapy Scholarship

Established by 1963 D.T. Watson graduate Mary Behling Browne, awarded to 2nd or 3rd year DPT students with demonstrated financial need.

Mary K. Daly-Crum Student Award in Physical Therapy

Established by Mary K. (PT Class of ’80) and Arthur Crum, awarded to DPT students with preference given to out-of-state students.