Surge Scholarship

Rizing Tide will annually award two Surge scholarships 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 other 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 (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); 
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA in your PT program;
  • Attend a PT residency program within the U.S.; 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, an acceptance letter from the residency program the applicant will attend, and two letters of recommendation.

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

Deadline Adherence

Applicants must submit their completed applications for the Surge scholarship 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: Surge 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.