Surge Scholarship

Rizing Tide will award two Surge scholarships annually to graduating physical therapy students or licensed physical therapists who are entering a residency program.

Award Description

Each year, Rizing Tide will award two Surge scholarships to graduating physical therapy students or licensed physical therapists who are entering a residency program—and who come from an underrepresented racial and/or ethnic background (self-identifying as BIPOC). Each recipient will receive a one-time payment of up to $10,000 which will be paid directly to the residency program provider and may be used to cover any residency expenses (e.g., tuition, room and board, or fees). This scholarship is not open for renewal.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must: 

  • Be a graduate of a CAPTE-accredited physical therapy program;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Have an underrepresented racial and/or ethnic heritage (self identify as BIPOC); 
  • 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.

Application Process

Applications must include transcripts showing a final cumulative GPA from PT school in addition to an acceptance letter from the residency program the applicant will attend. 2 letters of recommendations are also required.

       Deadline: Midnight EST November 19, 2021

Deadline Adherence

Completed applications for the Surge scholarship must be submitted no later than 11:59PM on the specified deadline. Technical support will be available ONLY on Monday 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' will not be accepted as a valid excuse for missing the deadline.

You can submit your application before your transcripts and references are received. Please note, however, that we will not review your application until all of your transcripts and references are received.

Applicants or their recommenders may also mail a hard copy of each letter of recommendation to Rizing Tide. 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.

Mailing address:

                Rizing Tide Foundation
                RE: Surge Scholarship
                PO Box 32681
                Phoenix, AZ 85064

Upon submission, applicants will receive a confirmation email acknowledging that the application was received. However, if you submit your application late, it will not be reviewed by the Beachcombers. The application status will remain "In-Progress" until all required documents are received, at which time an email will be sent to confirm the application is "Complete."

Selection Process

The Beachcombers selection committee will conduct interviews with finalists roughly one month after the original deadline. These interviews will be scheduled via Zoom between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM (in the time zone of the applicant).

The final winners of the Surge scholarship will be notified by no later than 60 days after the original deadline.