Doctor of Physical Therapy

"Sometimes I find that a simple 'thank you' doesn't convey the appropriate amount of appreciation that I have towards the donor of my scholarship because so often it is just a routine task to say thanks. Instead, I decided to strategically place the money towards something other than my student loans. I paid my way to a weekend exercise conference in Washington D.C. that I will attend during the month of October. I will have three days of learning new exercises to add to my toolbox of treatments for my patients. In addition to the conference, I also paid to take a course to become certified in weight management. This appealed to me as weight management is a common problem with many individuals whom I will encounter on a daily basis. In addition to saying 'thank you', I wanted to show my donor what door the funding opened for me personally.”

Lauren Avery, Physical Therapy Student,
Class of 2016


In addition to the specific requirements for the Annual Awards, each student must meet or exceed any other criteria established by the College's Scholarship Committees for scholarships awarded from these funds, criteria including but not limited to financial need, academic performance, good conduct, good citizenship, and community service.

Annual Awards

*CPHS Alumni Association Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to a full-time Physical Therapy student based on financial need and GPA. Preference is given to students who are actively involved with the CPHS Alumni Association. Separate essay in the common application required. 

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Musculoskeletal Practice Annual Scholarship - The scholarship is awarded to a full-time student who demonstrates a financial need (qualified by FAFSA requirement), has an interest in pursuing a career in musculoskeletal (manual) physical therapy, demonstrates interprofessional healthcare interests and experience, and has excellent interpersonal and communication skills.                                      

DPT Program Annual Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a Physical Therapy student with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to students from North Carolina who have an interest in practicing in underserved areas after graduation.

*Ransdell Family Fund Scholarship - This scholarship emphasizes advancement of pharmacy healthcare in North Carolina counties experiencing a shortage of pharmacy professionals. It is awarded to a full-time student in good academic standing with a 2.5 or higher GPA and demonstrated financial need. The student must agree to work in an underserved community upon graduation for three (3) years total. Students must express a desire to bring adequate healthcare to a rural population. Visit the NC State Education Assistance Authority for information on counties with primary care physician shortages. Separate materials/application will be required.

*Separate materials/application will be required.

Additional Financial Assistance

The American Physical Therapy Association has put together a list scholarships, awards and grants available to DPT students. Visit their website to see if you are eligible.