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 believe that physical therapy is for everyone.

Yet a lack of accessibility prevents many patients (often those who are low-income or people of color) from seeking the musculoskeletal care they need to lead a functional and pain-free life.


At Rizing Tide, we believe that fostering more diversity in the physical therapist workforce will improve accessibility for patients of color and empower all therapists to provide better care to an increasingly diverse patient population.


To that end, we provide scholarships designed to empower a new generation of BIPOC leaders in the physical therapy profession. We partner with DPT students and residents, DPT faculty, and industry leaders to advance diversity and inclusiveness in the physical therapy workforce and inspire better—and more accessible—patient care.

Our Impact Since 2021

$1.1 million

Committed to further the education of Rizing Tide scholars

44 scholars

Supported from DPT and residency programs across the country

31 hours

Of premium live education (either virtual or in-person) provided to scholars to date

31 DPT programs

Represented amongst our three cohorts of scholars

780+ applicants

Submitted an entry to earn a Rizing Tide scholarship


In sponsorships, funding the longevity of our support to our future DPTs and leaders of our professionn.

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 while partnering with industry leaders to advance diversity and inclusiveness in the physical therapy workforce.


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


Darwin Sandoval, mid-conversation while on a virtual phone call. Next to him, green text reads "Rizing Tide, Darwin Sandoval, 2023 Crest Scholar."

Inspired by Family, Driven to Dream: Meet Rizing Tide Scholar Darwin Sandoval

This is the first installment of the 2023 Rizing Tide…

Read More
Illustration of a person standing at a fork in the road. Each road leads to a school house, but each path is dotted with hazards and pitfalls.

How to Prepare for Physical Therapy School

Journeying toward a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree is…

Read More
Jonathon Lee smiles and poses in front of an abstract background of beige and green wavy circles.

Building a Healthcare Career You Love

“37% of clinicians are considering leaving their role in the…

Read More