PTHMS is pleased to award several scholarships each year to incoming and current DPT students. Please read below to learn more about the awards made possible by Department and donor funding.
Instructions for applying to scholarships will be provided during each application cycle.
This scholarship was established in 1992 to honor the memory of Janet L. Hemzacek, a 1982 NUPT physical therapy graduate. The scholarship was established by Janet’s family and is intended to recognize Northwestern University physical therapy students who demonstrate “a sense of integrity and humanity, and an involvement with the community through volunteer activity”.
One scholarship of $2,500 may be awarded annually.
One scholarship of up to $5,000 may be awarded to a first year student who will have the opportunity to serve a two-year appointment on the Diversity Committees. $2,500 will be awarded the first year, and pending service to PTHMS, $2,500 will be awarded the second year (scholars will not need to reapply for year two).
This award was established in 2014 by the Northwestern University PTHMS Alumni Association (NUPTAA) to further our mission of facilitating a collegial relationship among our physical therapy graduates and promoting continued interest in, communication with, and support of physical therapy education programs at Northwestern University. In doing so, we value the collaboration of alumni, the department, and current students to continue the growth and development of the physical therapy profession. The NUPTAA aims to support the PTHMS community by developing the next leaders in our profession through continuing education, collaboration with faculty and peers, and networking with current leaders. This award is intended to recognize a student who demonstrates outstanding written communication skills, as well as an enthusiastic willingness to engage PTHMS alumni in face to face and phone conversation. The student will demonstrate leadership and commitment to promoting alumni events, contribute ideas for improving engagement with current alumni, and attract interest of the alumni community through frequent communication of alumni events and news. These goals will be achieved through communication with alumni via electronic newsletters, event promotion, social media site management, and collaboration with NUPTAA board members. Recipients of this award will be known as “Alumni Scholars” and will serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for the two years they are involved in didactic coursework at PTHMS.
One scholarship of up to $4,000 may be awarded to a first year student who will then serve a two-year appointment on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. $2,000 will be awarded the first year, and pending service to the NUPTAA, $2,000 will then be awarded the second year (scholars will not need to reapply for year two).
This scholarship was established in 1999 to honor Sally C. Edelsberg, PT, MS, FAPTA, Director of Programs in Physical Therapy at Northwestern University from 1972-1999. Throughout her career, Sally demonstrated superior leadership in the physical therapy profession. She is particularly noted for educational leadership and was dedicated to the goal of providing students with the opportunity for an education in physical therapy at Northwestern, regardless of financial circumstances. This scholarship is intended to recognize students who demonstrate leadership potential in the profession of physical therapy. Recipients of the scholarship are known as Edelsberg Scholars.
One scholarship of $2,500 may be awarded annually.
This scholarship was established in 1987 by Wendy Martin Lageschulte (NUPT 1964) and her husband to honor Elizabeth C. Wood, PT, MS, and Dorothy E. Voss, PT, for their many contributions to the physical therapy education program at Northwestern University and to the profession. Ms. Wood joined the faculty in 1950 and served as Director of Programs in Physical Therapy from 1952 – 1972. Ms. Voss was a faculty member from 1963 – 1975 and was known internationally for her work in the area of therapeutic exercise. The purpose of this award is to recognize students who reflect their ideals of professionalism and high standards and who demonstrate the potential for contributing significantly to the profession.
Four scholarships of $2,500 each may be awarded annually.
The Mark and Mary Ann Kaufman Scholars Program is funded by the Kaufman Enrichment Fund, thanks to a generous donation from Mark and Mary Ann Kaufman. The scholars are awarded $5,000 to support their DPT education. You can learn more about Mark on the Distinguished Alumni page and the past Kaufman Scholars below.
Class of 2020: Laura Ross earned her bachelor of music at Miami University and her master in music at Temple University. Before PT school, she taught at Middle Tennessee State University and performed with the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Opera, and with artists such as Lionel Richie, Darius Rucker, and Brett James. Her interest in physical therapy grew out of CrossFit training, after taking a CrossFit course taught by a physical therapist, she began working on her DPT prerequisite courses.
Class of 2019: Michelle Kazmier holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles where she served as a sports medicine intern.
Class of 2018: James Babana earned a bachelor degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science and Health Promotion at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Class of 2017: Kathleen Warner, DPT earned a bachelor degree in Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying ballet, modern dance, and choreography alongside the physical therapy program prerequisites. Kathleen says her years of dance training taught her about movement, anatomy, and concepts of kinesiology, she is now a clinician within Athletico’s Performing Arts Program.
Class of 2016: Jessica Cohen, PT, DPT, ATC completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University, majoring in Health Policy and Human Organizational Development. She attended the University of Arkansas for graduate school and pursued opportunities to work with the school’s elite athletes. Jessica currently holds the position of Physical Therapist and Head Athletic Trainer for the Connecticut Sun Women’s Professional Basketball team and the New England Black Wolves Men’s Lacrosse team.