Scholarships

At Rizing Tide, we’re always looking forward! To combat the lack of diversity in the physical therapy profession, we annually support a group of high-achieving future leaders who are pursuing a career as a physical therapist and who come from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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Crest

A Scholarship for PT Undergraduates and/or PTAs Attending a Bridge Program
 

Rizing Tide will annually award the Crest scholarship to three star students who are pursuing a physical therapy degree and who come from an underrepresented racial and/or ethnic background. Applicants must be either undergraduate students who are going on to attend graduate school or PTAs entering a bridge PT program. Each scholarship awards $14,000—and may be renewed twice.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must: 

  • Be a student entering a graduate CAPTE-accredited DPT program OR be a student entering a PTA to DPT Bridge Program in the U.S.;
  • Have an underrepresented racial and/or diverse ethnic family background; 
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA in your undergraduate studies/PTA program; and
  • Be a U.S. citizen
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Surge

A Scholarship For Students Entering a Residency Program

Rizing Tide will annually award two Surge scholarships to graduating physical therapy students or licensed physical therapists who come from an underrepresented racial and/or ethnic background—and who are taking their career to the next level by entering a residency program. Each scholarship will amount to a one-time payment of $10,000. 

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must: 

  • Be a graduate of a CAPTE-accredited physical therapy program;
  • Have an underrepresented racial and/or ethnic heritage; 
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA in your PT program; 
  • Attend a PT residency program within the US; and 
  • Remain in good standing until completion of the residency program
  • Be a U.S. citizen.

Our Process

Crest and Surge scholarship recipients will be chosen after a thorough application review and interview process. Recipients will be selected by our Beachcombers, a selection committee of seven people who come from all walks of life and are passionate about our mission. 

During the scholarship selection process, our Beachcombers will look for applicants who demonstrate:

  • Excellent scholastic ability,
  • Positive personal character and conduct,
  • Leadership skills and participate in community-building, and 
  • Promise as a future PT!

We publicize these scholarships via PT schools, professional associations, community foundations, colleges with PT programs that serve specific applicants (e.g., HBCUs), and the following scholarship websites.

Our Goals

In the years to come, we hope to expand the resources and learning opportunities that we provide our scholarship recipients. For example, we hope to one day facilitate networking among alumni. Stay tuned (and subscribe to our newsletter) for updates!

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"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today."

Malcolm X