Physical Therapy Scholarships and Awards



Charlotte Money Beatty Memorial Scholarship
The family, friends, and colleagues of Charlotte Money Beatty created this scholarship in her loving memory after her passing in 1993. The scholarship is open to all students with particular attention being given first to minority students and second to students expressing a desire to pursue a career in pediatric physical therapy.

The Class of 1964 Physical Therapy Scholarship
The Class of 1964 PT Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving Carolina Physical Therapy student through the generosity of Miriam Danzey and other members of the Class of 1964.

Diversity Scholarship in Physical Therapy
Betsy Crawford made a generous gift and commitment to the Division of Physical Therapy to create a new Diversity Scholarship in Physical Therapy, which seeks to increase the diversity of students pursuing physical therapy careers. We are also thankful to other alumni and friends who have already contributed to this new fund. The Diversity Scholarship in Physical Therapy was first awarded to a deserving student for the 2008-09 academic year.

The Sara Fowler Anderson Scholarship in Physical Therapy
The Sara Fowler Anderson Scholarship in Physical Therapy was created thanks to the generous commitments of her husband Dr. Ted Anderson and their daughters, Megan Anderson Phillips and Lauren Anderson, as well as Sara’s family, friends, and colleagues. The fund honors the life and career of Sara Fowler Anderson, a 1981 graduate of the UNC Chapel Hill Physical Therapy program. Sara’s Physical Therapy career spanned three decades prior to her death in 2012. She enjoyed providing services to a wide spectrum of those in need of physical therapy, from infants and children in early intervention programs to seniors in retirement facilities, from those requiring home health care to those receiving inpatient care. She frequently expressed her appreciation for the education she received at UNC and the association she maintained with her professors, and created the James and Evelyn Fowler Physical Therapy Loyalty Fund Annual Scholarship in honor of her parents, who were also UNC graduates.

Max Asher Gitterman Pediatric Physical Therapy Student Scholar Award
The Max Asher Gitterman Pediatric Physical Therapy Student Scholar Award was established by Amy and Daniel Gitterman in honor of their resilient son Max Asher, the Gitterman Pediatric Physical Therapy Award will be presented annually to a student who has expressed an interest and commitment to pediatrics in the UNC physical therapy program.

The Vanessa Louise Hall Memorial Scholarship in PT at UNC Chapel Hill
The Division of Physical Therapy received a very generous gift and commitment from Louise and Paul Hall of Durham to create a new endowed scholarship for physical therapy students in memory of their daughter Vanessa, who died tragically on February 11, 1998, from injuries sustained in an automobile wreck after being accepted into Carolina as a high school senior. Vanessa’s career goal at the time was to become either a physical therapist or a pediatrician. The first Vanessa Hall Scholarship was awarded for the 2009-10 academic year.

Rose and Dave Hamm Annual Scholarship for Clinical Excellence in Physical Therapy
The Rose and Dave Hamm Annual Scholarship for Clinical Excellence in Physical Therapy is awarded annually to an in-state student with financial need and promise for future clinical excellence in the PT profession. The scholarship, which is funded by the Hamm Family Trust, honors Dr. Rose Hamm Bothner’s late husband, David Hamm, Jr., MD, who was known for his genuine and compassionate care, his diagnostic skills, and his integrity with all medical personnel with whom he worked.  Dr. Bothner (UNC PT Class of 1969) is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California.


G. Wayne and Tanya B. Long Annual Scholarships in Physical Therapy
G. Wayne and Tanya B. Long of Wilmington have made commitments to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to support UNC physical therapy and nursing students. The Longs, who own Well Care LLC, a Wilmington-based home health care company, created the G. Wayne and Tanya B. Long Time-Limited Scholarships in Physical Therapy. Selection is based on financial need and outstanding scholastic achievement, with preference given to students interested in a career in home health care. The scholarship was first awarded for the 2009-2010 academic year. The Longs each graduated from UNC in 1978. Wayne earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and Tanya majored in sociology.


Physical Therapy MS Curriculum Scholarships
The MS Society of Eastern North Carolina established the Physical Therapy MS Scholarship for students who will specialize in working with individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. Students take coursework that focuses on clinical practice in all areas of physical therapy. Course projects focused on issues that affect patients with MS may be integrated into various courses, including Musculoskeletal II, Neuromuscular I and II, Motor Control, Measurement and Functional Assessment, Differential Diagnosis, and Management.

Mabel M. Parker Physical Therapy Annual Scholarship
The Mabel Parker Physical Therapy Scholarship was first awarded to a deserving Carolina Physical Therapy student for the 2007-08 academic year. The time-limited scholarship was established through the generosity of Gladys (’62) and Robert Hart of Hilton Head, SC. Mabel M. Parker, who graduated from Dowagiac Central High School in 1935, received a BS from Western Michigan University in 1939 and an MA degree from the University of Michigan in 1940. She also received a Certificate in Physical Therapy from Duke University in 1946 and attended the Clinical Education Affiliation with the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation with a special concentration in working with polio patients. Ms. Parker’s physical therapy practice began in the Poliomyelitis Ward at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, in 1948. She later became the Director of the Department at Variety Children’s Hospital in 1970 where she designed the new physical therapy department, including adding a therapeutic pool. While at the Children’s Hospital, she managed the field trials for gamma globulin and the Salk vaccine. Ms. Parker moved to North Carolina in 1958 to manage Duke University’s Physical Therapy Department’s clinical education program for students. She came to UNC Chapel Hill in 1959 to become the Assistant Director for Undergraduate Education. Her career accomplishments at UNC included managing clinical education for students, developing a protocol for integrating public health principals into the curriculum, serving as the acting director of the program on two separate occasions, and co-directing a grant to develop a method to evaluate stroke patients. Ms. Parker is the previous recipient (’82) of the Lucy Blair Service Award, given by the American Physical Therapy Association to honor members whose contributions to the field have been exceptionally valuable.

Rebecca Irene Sande Scholarships
A $757,000 bequest from the estate of L’Vir Sande of Salisbury established the Rebecca Irene Sande Scholarship Fund in Physical Therapy at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002, allowing the division to offer scholarships to prospective students. Income from the fund—established in honor of Sande’s wife, Rebecca—produces 10 scholarships awarded annually to students with financial need in the Master’s of Physical Therapy Program. Mr. Sande was a pioneer in radiologic medicine and was widely published in that field. In the late 1980s, he became physically incapacitated and received physical therapy. It was this experience, coupled with a love of the Carolina campus and its students, that led him to designate the scholarship for physical therapy.

Judy A. White Professional Development Awards
The Judy A. White Professional Development Fund was established in 2006 by an anonymous donor to promote the professional growth and development of Carolina Physical Therapy students and faculty members in honor of long-time faculty member Judy White. In choosing the Judy A. White Professional Development Award recipient (s) each year, the division director gives preference to candidates who share Judy White’s tireless commitment to the profession of physical therapy.