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Crest Scholarship

Rizing Tide will award the Crest scholarship to three undergraduate students of underrepresented racial and/or ethnic descent who plan to pursue a PT degree either part- or full-time.

Award Description

Rizing Tide will annually award the Crest scholarship to three students who are pursuing a physical therapy degree and who come from an underrepresented racial and/or ethnic background (self-identifying as BIPOC). Applicants must be either undergraduate students who are going on to attend graduate school or PTAs entering a PTA-to-DPT bridge program. Each scholarship awards up to $14,000—and may be renewed twice. Funds may be used to cover any school expenses (e.g., tuition, room and board, books, or fees) and will be paid directly to the school’s financial institution.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate student entering a graduate program OR be a student entering a PTA-to-DPT Bridge Program;
  • Have an underrepresented racial and/or ethnic heritage (i.e., American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, and/or multi-ethnic with 50% representation from this list);
  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree;
  • Be entering your first or second year of a DPT program;
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA in your undergraduate studies/PTA program; and
  • Have been accepted into a CAPTE-accredited PT program within the U.S.

Application Process

All applications must include transcripts showing a final cumulative GPA, an acceptance letter from the CAPTE-accredited school that the applicant will attend, and two letters of recommendation.

          The 2021 submission window is now closed. The next scholarship application process opens June 1, 2022.

Deadline Adherence

Applicants must submit their completed applications for the Crest scholarship online no later than 11:59 PM on the specified deadline. Technical support will be available ONLY on Mondays through Fridays, from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM Eastern Time. We encourage you to submit your application prior to the deadline to avoid any technical problems. Please be advised that technical problems are not a valid excuse for missing the deadline.

You can submit your application before you obtain the requisite transcripts and references. Please note, however, that our Beachcombers will not review your application until you submit your transcripts and references.

Applicants or their recommenders may mail a hard copy of each letter of recommendation to Rizing Tide instead of submitting them online. These hard copies must be received no later than the specified deadline. We suggest giving your recommenders as much time as possible to complete and postmark their letters.

Please send all mail to this address:

                Rizing Tide Foundation
                RE: Crest Scholarship
                PO Box 32681
                Phoenix, AZ 85064
Upon submission, applicants will receive a confirmation email acknowledging that their application was submitted. However, if you submitted your application late, it will not be reviewed by the Beachcombers.

When applicants submit an application without attaching all requisite transcripts and letters of recommendation, the application status will remain "In Progress" until all required documents are received. After Rizing Tide has received all of the required documents, we will send an email confirming that the application has changed status to "Complete."

Selection Process

The Beachcombers selection committee will conduct interviews with finalists within a few weeks following the application deadline. These interviews will be scheduled via Zoom between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the applicant's time zone. The winners of the Crest scholarship will be notified no later than 60 days after the original submission deadline.

Scholarship Renewal

Crest scholarship recipients may renew their scholarship twice. To renew the Crest scholarship, recipients must send Rizing Tide a transcript showing that they maintained a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA during the school year. Additionally, scholarship recipients must ask their instructors to submit a feedback survey on their behalf at midterms and following the completion of the school year. Furthermore, in order to assist our continued evaluation of the scholarship program, we may request an update regarding recipients’ activities or accomplishments during the school year.   

The Rizing Tide Foundation reserves the right to refuse a Crest scholarship renewal if this criteria is not met or if the recipients' circumstances change. Individual situations and circumstances will be taken into consideration and final decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.