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Donate today to support scholarships that foster more diversity in the PT profession.
Half of all DPT students leave school with more than $70,000 in student loan debt.
And DPT students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color leave school with 15% more debt.
The astronomic cost of education is a daunting barrier to the PT profession, preventing students of color and lower-income students from becoming physical therapists.
But the PT profession needs more of these students; research shows that patients experience better outcomes when they see a provider who understands and can relate to them.
Rizing Tide’s quest is to make physical therapy a more accessible and equitable profession by awarding scholarships to outstanding DPT students and residents who come from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds.
With your generosity, we can empower exceptional students and build a better healthcare experience. Together, we can make a difference!
Uzair Hammad, DPT
"I'm grateful that Rizing Tide is helping me open my eyes and see that anything is possible. More than anything it means the world to me to know that I'm not alone and that I'm supported."
"Well, for one, I get to stay in school, so that's so that's amazing. But it's also making me continue to do my best while I'm here. I feel like being a Rizing Tide scholar is holding me to a standard that's a little bit bigger than me."
"I'm so excited and happy that I've had the opportunity to take this award. I come from a working class background, so I'm trying to do my best to minimize cost. I can't thank like the Rizing Tide organization enough for believing in me and investing in my future."
Bridge the PT Diversity Gap
Compared to the wider United States, the physical therapy profession is not diverse. Steep financial barriers like the cost of tuition prevent BIPOC students from entering the PT profession and finding financial success. Our scholarships directly combat this problem.
Of the U.S. population is Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color (BIPOC).
Of employed physical therapists are Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color (BIPOC).
Of C-level executives in the PT industry identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color (BIPOC).