We Are Better
When We Rize Together

Every patient deserves to feel represented by their healthcare provider—and have access to affordable care. That’s why we’re offering student scholarships to inspire more diversity and inclusiveness in the physical therapy workforce.


We all benefit from better representation—but the physical therapist workforce faces a serious diversity gap.

Every year, the U.S. patient population becomes more and more racially and ethnically diverse—but the physical therapist workforce has not evolved alongside it. To help close the diversity gap, Dr. Heidi Jannenga, a physical therapist, industry advocate, and thought leader, founded Rizing Tide: a foundation that provides scholarships to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) PT students and partners with industry leaders to advance diversity and inclusiveness in the physical therapy workforce.


Of the United States population is Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color (BIPOC).¹ 


Of employed physical therapists are Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color (BIPOC).²


Fewer BIPOC applicants who use the PT Centralized Application Service are accepted into a program compared to their white counterparts.³

We Believe

Fostering more diversity in the physical therapist workforce will empower therapists to provide even better care to an increasingly diverse patient population. We can close the existing diversity gap by investing in students as they begin their physical therapist careers, and by fostering a supportive community for them. We are stronger and more versatile when we embrace our differences. We are better when we rize together!


Each year, Rizing Tide presents scholarships to five promising BIPOC students who are on the path to earning their Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) or furthering their PT education by pursuing a residency program. Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee (our Beachcombers) and awarded by merit.



Each year, Rizing Tide awards the Crest scholarship to three incoming undergraduate DPT star studentsor PTAs attending a PT bridge programwho are conscientious, studious, and natural-born leaders with a passion for patient care.


Rizing Tide annually awards the Surge scholarship to two graduating DPT students who are on a quest to achieve personal excellence, provide exceptional patient care, and develop leadership skills through a residency program.

"A rising tide lifts all boats."

John F Kennedy


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