AOTA E. K. Wise Scholarship: Building a Diverse OT Workforce

Previously known as the E. K. Wise Loan Program, the fund was established in the 1960s through the generous bequest of Elizabeth K. Wise to support women pursuing higher education degrees. The scholarship fund reflects the changes that have occurred in the education of entry-level occupational therapists over the last several decades while remaining true to the intent of the original bequest. The focus of the scholarship will be to support female students from diverse backgrounds who can meet E.K. Wise’s and the Association’s objectives of developing a workforce to meet society’s diverse occupational needs in underserved areas or communities. The deadline to apply is April 21st.

The scholarship supports female students pursuing a post baccalaureate entry-level degree program in occupational therapy. In 2017, three awards will be granted in the amount of $2,500. Students may apply for a second year.

Qualified Female Applicants Must:

  • Be enrolled (or accepted) in a post baccalaureate entry-level occupational therapy educational program (master’s, doctorate or combined bachelors/master’s) on a full-time basis
  • Be enrolled in the entry-level occupational therapy educational program for the full 2017-18 academic year (Fall 2017 thru Spring 2018) 
  • Demonstrate a sustained record of outstanding academic achievement
  • Demonstrate leadership and community service
  • Be able to contribute to a diverse work force
  • Be a current member of AOTA 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident 


A Scholarship Selection Committee composed of volunteer occupational therapy practitioners and educators reviews all of the applications and recommends scholarship recipients. The scholarships will be awarded in late summer 2017.

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