Olive C Farr Scholarship Awards - Physical Therapy - The Iowa Physical Therapy Association

Olive C Farr Scholarship Awards

Olive Farr Scholarship Award

The Iowa Physical Therapy Foundation established an annual $500.00 physical therapist student scholarship in 1983. An annual $250.00 physical therapist assistant student scholarship was established by the IPTF in 1995 which was initially funded by a contribution from physical therapists Steven and Susan Bell. In 2010 the IPTF increased these awards so that each year four physical therapist student scholarships and one physical therapist assistant student scholarship are awarded. The scholarships are made possible by a bequest to the Foundation from Olive C. Farr, PT, the first director of the physical therapy education program at the University of Iowa


The scholarships will be awarded to student members of the American Physical Therapy Association enrolled in accredited Iowa PT/PTA education programs who have concluded the first year of their accredited entry-level Iowa program. Award of the scholarships will be based on demonstrated scholarship, potential for professional contributions and leadership qualities.


To Apply:

The applicant is responsible for submitting the following materials 45 days prior to the Spring Conference. The 2018 Spring Conference will be held April 19-21. Entries must be received by March 7, 2018.


  1. A  current transcript to be sent directly from the school to the following address:

               Iowa Physical Therapy Foundation

               Attn: Scholarships

               400 E Court Ave, Suite 126

               Des Moines, IA 50309


  1. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor to be sent directly to the address above. The letter should address the student’s professional potential, leadership qualities, and clinical performance.  If required, provide written permission to release personal information in the letter of recommendation.
  1. An application letter sent to the above address that includes a typed resume with cover letter through which the student describes accomplishments that warrant consideration. These might include professional goals, potential for future contributions to the physical therapy profession, community service, evidence of creativity, personal and academic projects, research, evidence of miscellaneous accomplishments, experiences, or participation in professional activities (conclaves, meetings, committee work, publications, etc.).

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To view current and past Olive C. Farr Scholarship Recipients, click here.

To view current and past Olive C. Farr Award Recipients, click here.

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