Since 1955, National AMBUCS, Inc. has awarded scholarships to students pursuing degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology and hearing audiology. To date, more than $9.1 million in scholarships have been awarded to over 16,000 students.
Eligibility: Students must be US citizens accepted in a graduate-level program that is accredited by the appropriate therapy profession authority in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, or hearing audiology. Assistant or undergraduate programs are not eligible. Awards are based on financial need, commitment to local community, character for compassion and integrity, and career objectives.
Over $200,000 is awarded annually with individual awards ranging from $500 to $1,500. There is one two-year award in the amount of $6,000. Award monies are deposited into the student’s credit account with the financial aid office of the educational institution.
National AMBUCS, Inc. accepts applications for its scholarship program from March 4 until May 5 at midnight, annually.
Students must submit all portions of the application before the May 5 deadline. The online application will allow students to save their work and return at a later time.
In addition to the filling out general information, the student will be required to upload:
- Their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) SAR (Student Aid Report)
- Proof of enrollment into an accredited program as outlined above and
- One page personal statement.
FAFSA: Please be aware that the taxes of whoever is financially supporting the student must be filed before the FAFSA can be filled out. It also can take several weeks for the SAR to be delivered, so please plan ahead so you can meet the May 5 deadline.
In order to apply for this scholarship you must fill out the FAFSA and supply us with your SAR; even if you do not want to apply for Federal aid. You can accept or decline any aid offer made by the government.
Past the eligibility requirements, financial need is the first hurdle every applicant must pass (including those that are chapter sponsored). On the application, you will find an area to provide details about new financial information not reflected on your SAR (additional loans, etc.).
Proof of Enrollment: Please upload a document from your registrar’s office confirming your enrollment (you might also find this on your student portal somewhere). If this is your first year, the registrar’s office may not be willing to give you proof of enrollment at this early stage. In that case, you may upload your acceptance letter.
Tips on writing your personal statement: It should be one page, double spaced and at least 10 point font. But, beyond that, it should be…personal. You don’t need to tell us school is expensive and long and all the other things that are true for every single applicant. We would like to hear what sort of therapist you want to be and why as well as any volunteerism (especially serving people with challenges to mobility or independence – through AMBUCS or other organizations). We will be looking for all three of those elements in your statement…and, yes, we actually read them!
Information for Chapters
The Chapter-Sponsored Scholarship Form (Required for all sponsored students).
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