Awards | Scholarships

Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Awards: Call for Nominations

Members are encouraged to nominate a coworker, a friend, someone in their program, or themselves! Nomination forms and additional information regarding these and other Academy awards are available below; for additional information about the awards, visit the Academy Policy & Procedure page and visit Awards, Scholarship, and Lectureships. Award nominations are due October 1 and presented at the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Business Meeting at the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), unless otherwise indicated.

Service Awards

The Jeanne Fischer Distinguished Mentorship Award recognizes a Academy member who has demonstrated sustained, altruistic mentorship beyond that expected within the nominee's regular employment. Mentorship beyond clinical practice could include, but is not limited to, community service, leadership, advocacy, research and/or policy. The nominee must be a current Academy on Pediatrics member, with a minimum of 25 years of professional practice in pediatric physical therapy in clinical, academic, or management/ administrative settings. Someone who demonstrates multiple types of mentoring (formal and informal) in a variety of settings preferred. Nominations are due October 1. To apply, click here

The GE "Bud" DeHaven Service Award honors a Academy member who has demonstrated sustained and extraordinary service to the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Nominations are due October 1. To apply, click here


The Distinguished Service Award for External Advocates recognizes an individual or institution that has made contribution(s) of exceptional value to the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Contributions may be in any area(s) to the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy as a whole or in a specific area (examples may include legislative support for an issue important to pediatric physical therapy, research that impacts practice, practice techniques or equipment that have changed pediatric physical therapy practice, etc). Nominations are due October 1. To apply, click here


The Anniversary Award honors a Academy member who has made sustained, significant contributions to the practice of pediatric physical therapy and the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy; the contribution could be made in any area of practice. Nominees must have been a Academy member for 20 years or more and not received another Academy award in the past 10 years. The Anniversary Award was first presented in 2003, in conjunction with the Academy's 30th Anniversary, and will be presented every 5 years in conjunction at the Combined Sections Meeting, on the 4th and 9th year of each decade to coincide with the Academy's founding in 1974. Nominations are due October 1, in the 3rd and 8th year of each decade (2018, 2023, etc). To apply, click here

 

 

 

The Susan Effgen Advocacy Award recognizes a Academy member who has demonstrated consistent support for the delivery of pediatric physical therapy services in any practice setting through one or more of the following activities: advocacy for new or existing legislation or policies that support pediatric physical therapy services; participation in the development or construction of legislation, policies and/or procedures that are of importance to pediatric physical therapy practice at the regional, state, or national level; or participation in advocacy or government affairs events sponsored or supported by the APTA and its components, including state chapters, in order to promote pediatric physical therapy practice, advocacy, or legislation. Please be as specific as possible in completing this form so that the nominee recommended can receive full consideration. Nominations are due October 1. To apply, click here


 

Clinician Award

The Outstanding Pediatric Clinical Practice Award recognizes a PT or PTA Academy member who has demonstrated going "above and beyond" typical job expectations including exhibiting creativity, adaptability, energy, dedication, and innovation; of at least one of the following (asset but not requirement): advocacy, volunteer work, community service, or service to underserved populations; of competency as identified by each of the following: experiences of colleagues and clients or caregivers, ability to make intervention meaningful to children and families, effectiveness in meeting identified goals for children; and, for PTAs, of excellence in partnering with supervising PTs. Nominations are due October 1. To apply, click here


Research Awards

The Dissertation Award recognizes an active or student Academy member who has completed an outstanding research project as partial fulfillment for a research doctorate (eg, PhD, DSc, EdD). Projects completed as part of a clinical doctoral degree (eg, DPT, transitional DPT) are not eligible for the Dissertation Award. Nominations are due October 1. To apply, click here

The Outstanding CSM/APPTAC Research Abstract Awards are given in recognition to an active or student Academy member who is the first author of an outstanding research abstract submitted to the Academy for a platform or poster presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) or for a poster presentation at the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference (APPTAC). One Outstanding CSM Research Abstract Award and one Outstanding APPTAC Research Abstract Award will be given each calendar year. An award ribbon will be presented to each recipient at the time and location of her/his research presentation. Selections will be made by the Academy's Research Committee, based on reviews and scoring of submitted abstracts; no submission is needed by the author. The 5 highest ranked research abstracts submitted to both CSM and APPTAC will be considered for the Outstanding CSM Research Abstract Award.

The Stephen Haley Research Award recognizes a Academy member who has performed sustained and outstanding basic, clinical, and/or education research pertaining to pediatric physical therapy. The award recipient shall demonstrate evidence that the published body of research materials makes a meaningful contribution to the scientific basis of pediatric physical therapy, and one or more of the following criteria: 1) oral presentations and written articles of the research have been reported to the appropriate audiences, 2) an active attempt to foster research of others, and 3) work has been recognized by receipt of grants. Nominations are due October 1. To apply, click here

The Jeanne Hughes Award is awarded to the best manuscript published in Pediatric Physical Therapy adapted from a thesis or dissertation. The Toby Long Award is awarded to the best manuscript published in Pediatric Physical Therapy not adapted from a thesis or dissertation. A subcommittee made up of three members of the Editorial Board of PPT reviews manuscripts submitted and makes recommendations to the full Editorial Board; no submission is needed by the author.

Scholarships & Grants

Carol Gildenberg Dichter Memorial PCS Scholarships are awarded to Academy members; funds may be used to pay for PCS exam fees, to attend a course with advanced programming (such as the SOP's Advanced Clinical Practice Course or the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference), for continuing education credits, etc. Nominations are due October 1. To apply, click here


 

The Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy will award the cost of national APTA/chapter membership dues and the cost of Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy dues to one applicant from a minority group who is currently a student in their final academic year of or recent (within the last 5 years of application due date) graduate from a PT or PTA program each year. This scholarship will be awarded by a random drawing among qualified entrants in the form of reimbursement for the cost of national/chapter and Academy membership dues for that year. The recipient will be expected to maintain APPT membership and serve on one of the Academy's committees/subcommittees/SIGs for 1 year following receipt of this scholarship. This scholarship may be received only once per individual. Applications are due by October 1. To apply, click here

This scholarship was created to assist student and new professional Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy members to attend APPTAC. Applicants must be current Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy members and must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from (within the last 5 years of application due date) a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program. They must submit an essay to enter. Winning applicants will receive one complimentary conference registration and up to $500 reimbursement for conference-related expenses such as travel, lodging, and meals. Recipients will be expected to maintain APPT membership and join the Membership or other APPT Committee for a period of 1 year following the conference. This scholarship may be received only once per individual. Applications are due by July 1. To apply, click here

This scholarship was created to assist student and new professional Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy members to attend CSM. Applicants must be current Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy members and must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from (within the last 5 years of application due date) a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program. They must submit an essay to enter. Winning applicants will be reimbursed for the cost of an early-bird student or early-bird Academy member registration and up to $500 reimbursement for conference-related expenses such as travel, lodging, and meals. Recipients will be expected to maintain APPT membership and join the Membership or other APPT Committee for a period of 1 year following the conference. This scholarship may be received only once per individual. Applications are due by October 1. To apply, click here

Other Awards

Pediatric Clinical Residency/Fellowship Development Grants assist potential pediatric residency and fellowship programs with the ABPTRFE accreditation process. This money will be made available on a "first-come, first-served" basis in the form of grants; the number and amount of the grants will be determined each year. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. To apply, click here

The three Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy lectureships (Knowledge Translation Lectureship, the Ann VanSant Global Scientific Writing Lectureship, and the Dianne Cherry Educators' Lectureship) occur at the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) on a 3-year rotation starting at CSM 2016 (KT Lectureship), CSM 2017 (VanSant Lectureship), CSM 2018 (Educators' Lectureship), and so on. The Call for Lectureships will begin 2 years prior to the CSM when the lectureship will be presented, and the lectureship application deadline will be October 1 (for example, nominations for the Dianne Cherry Educators' Lecture presented at CSM 2018 will be due October 1, 2016; nominations for the Knowledge Translation Lecture presented at CSM 2019 will be due October 1, 2017; etc).

Click here for the application.

The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Academy's Linda Crane Award honors a member of the Cardio, Education, or Pediatric sections.

For more information, click here.

Clinical Research Grants

The Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy also has a number of grants to support physical therapy research in pediatrics; for more information, visit the Research Page.

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