Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences

DPT Student Scholarships

The scholarship application deadline for Fall 2018 DPT applicants is November 30, 2017.

Apply for the Early Decision Scholarships

Three scholarships of $10,000 may be awarded annually. Eligible applicants must have applied and been admitted under the Fall 2018 Early Decision application process and provide evidence of leadership potential in clinical practice, education, research or advocacy.

Apply for the Merit Scholarships

Ten scholarships of $5,000 may be awarded annually. Eligible applicants must have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or greater at time of application and provide evidence of leadership potential in clinical practice, education, research or advocacy.

Apply for the Janet L. Hemzacek Memorial Scholarship

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.

Diversity Scholarship

(Application process will occur in Fall 2018 and is only open to enrolled, first year students.)

This scholarship was established in 2012 by David Brown, PT, PhD and the faculty at PTHMS to further our mission of achieving an environment of belonging and inclusion for all. PTHMS strives to achieve a student body that is representative of the many ethnicities, cultures, and groups that we serve as physical therapists. In doing so, we value the unique characteristics, traits experiences and skills that individuals with diverse backgrounds bring to the classroom and eventually to the clinic and the profession. PTHMS believes that a diverse student body will help enrich the social and cultural climate resulting in an inclusive environment supportive of individual and group differences. The award recognizes a student who demonstrates leadership potential and commitment to promoting diversity, tolerance, inclusion, and belonging within PTHMS, and who strives to promote outreach and service to the community through a focus on underserved communities, social justice, and health disparities. Recipients of this award will be known as “Diversity Scholars” and will serve on the student and faculty Diversity Committees for the two years they are involved in didactic coursework at PTHMS. Service on these committees includes helping develop outreach opportunities, and providing leadership within PTHMS.

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).

Alumni Scholarship

(Application process will occur in Fall 2018 and is only open to enrolled, first year students.)

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).

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