Physical therapy scholarships are awarded by several associations and organizations, and grants are typically awarded to students who are already enrolled in a degree or research program at an accredited college or university. Students typically need to complete between 7 to 10 or more years of educational training in order to work in their field. The cost of physical therapy training can be fairly high, and students may need to turn to financial aid, private loans or use their savings account to pay for the costs of their degree program.

Some students can cover the costs of their education with the help of scholarships. Physical therapy scholarships and grants are awarded to students based on both merit and financial need, and can help to cover some or all of the costs of a physical therapy education.

Physical Therapy Scholarships from National Organizations

Most of the larger award amounts for various types of physical therapy scholarships are granted by national organizations, associations and religious organizations. Some are awarded by corporate sponsors.

Some of the most readily available scholarships include the:

  • Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarship from the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association Award
  • International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons Scholarship
  • Scholarship of Excellence Award from the Allied Health Professions Organization
  • Tylenol Scholarship Fund
  • Hawaii Community Foundation Scholarships

Physical Therapy Scholarships from Colleges and Universities

A number of accredited colleges and universities around the country offer physical therapy scholarships for qualified students. Some are devoted entirely to first-year and second-year students, while others are designed for students who are pursuing an advanced degree program. Schools that have research facilities may also offer grants. For example, the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a comprehensive physical therapy degree program and extends several scholarships to first- and second-year students.

Some require students to show that they have financial need, while others are merit-based and require students to provide proof of academic excellence, leadership and community service. These types of physical therapy scholarships can help to pay for some of the costs of a degree.

Grants to Study Physical Therapy

A number of private organizations offer grants to those who want to advance in their careers and pursue research studies or higher education in their field. Some organizations only extend grants to those who are enrolled in a particular program or are attending a particular school. Physical therapy grants are typically awarded based on merit and are used for funding advanced degree programs. Examples of physical therapy grants that are available from several organizations and professional groups each year include:

  • Special Olympics Health Professions Student Grants
  • American Physical Therapy Association Grants
  • Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association
  • Texas Physical therapy Education and Research Foundation

A handful of colleges and universities also extend grants for those who are planning to purse research studies or advanced studies at the campus. These grants may be based on both financial need and merit, and can cover the costs of some or all of a graduate or post-graduate degree program or research project.