2020 Centennial Scholar

Program Purpose

The APTA Centennial Scholars Program is designed to build a cadre of future association leaders at both the chapter/section/academy and national levels. Demonstrating APTA’s investment in the sustainability of the association as it begins its next 100 years, the program will support our collective quest for a diverse and prepared leadership pool.

The 12-month program will run throughout 2021 with a goal of engaging 100 scholars, including the goal of at least one scholar sponsored by each of APTA’s chapters, sections, and academies. The curriculum will cover association leadership and management topics and be delivered through three face-to-face meetings and regularly scheduled virtual learning experiences. Additionally, scholars will work directly with their sponsoring chapter/section/academy to design and complete a capstone project that addresses an existing need as determined by the sponsor. Scholars will also benefit from the guidance of Centennial Scholar mentors who will work directly with the scholars in small groups to support the completion of their projects.

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Application Deadline 

August 16 at 11:59PM 

Expected Selection Notification Date 

August 31

Eligibility and Application Requirements

    1. Be a current PT, PTA, or student member of the APTA at the time of application and throughout the 2021 Centennial year.
    2. Attend three mandatory  in-person events (expenses paid by APTA NH) and regularly scheduled virtual meetings. The in-person events are tentatively (subject to change) scheduled for:
      1. January 16, 2021, New York, NY
      2. April 2021 [exact date TBD] in Alexandria, VA
      3. September 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C
    3. Commit to developing and completing a capstone project in collaboration with the sponsoring chapter/section/academy, which may extend beyond 2021.
    4. Plans to join the APTA NH leadership team upon completion of this project.
    5. Submit a completed application by the application deadline. 

Required Application Materials

  1. Completed application
  2. Resume or CV detailing educational, professional, and volunteer service experience.


Desired Application Materials

  1. Two letters of recommendation from people familiar with your potential for future professional leadership and your ability successfully complete a capstone project for your component.
  2. For students: at least one letter of recommendation should be from your physical therapy program academic and/or clinical faculty 

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