Recipients are selected on the basis of the following criteria: superior scholastic performance, past productivity, evidence of potential contribution to physical therapy and service to the American Physical Therapy Association. The award includes a $5,000 scholarship and a certificate that will be presented by APTA's Board of Directors at the association's annual conference. An official announcement of the award will also appear in an association publication.
UNC Physical Therapy had previously recognized McLaughlin’s excellence and potential by selecting her to receive the 2010-11 Charlotte Money Beatty Memorial Scholarship, the 2010-11 Judy White Professional Development Award, and the 2011-12 James and Evelyn Fowler Physical Therapy Loyalty Fund Annual Scholarship.
McLaughlin is currently leading the student efforts to raise funds for the 2012 UNC PT Outreach trip to Guatemala.