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2020 APTA Missouri Centennial Scholar Opportunity!

Apply to be an APTA Missouri Centennial Scholar Today!

APTA Missouri (formerly Missouri Physical Therapy Association) is actively seeking nominations for the component’s Centennial Scholar in collaboration with the APTA. The APTA Centennial Scholars Program is designed to build a cadre of future association leaders at both the chapter/section/academy and national levels. Demonstrating APTA’s investment in the sustainability of the association as it begins its next 100 years, the program will support our collective quest for a diverse and prepared leadership pool.

The 12-month program will run throughout 2021 with a goal of engaging 100 scholars, including the goal of at least one scholar sponsored by each of APTA’s chapters, sections, and academies. The curriculum will cover association leadership and management topics and be delivered through three face-to-face meetings and regularly scheduled virtual learning experiences. Additionally, scholars will work directly with their sponsoring chapter/section/academy to design and complete a capstone project that addresses an existing need as determined by the sponsor. Scholars will also benefit from the guidance of Centennial Scholar mentors who will work directly with the scholars in small groups to support the completion of their projects. (Please know that travel and hotel associated with training will be covered for the individual selected to serve as the Centennial Scholar.  The Centennial Scholar should expect little or no out-of-pocket expense.)


Application Deadline: Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Expected Selection Notification Date: Aug. 31 2020

Eligibility and Application Requirements

  1. Be a current PT, PTA, or student member of the APTA Missouri at the time of application and throughout the 2021 Centennial year.
  2. Attend three mandatory in-person events [expenses paid by the sponsoring chapter/section/academy] and regularly scheduled virtual meetings. The in-person events are currently scheduled for (subject to change based on pandemic conditions):
    1. January 16, 2021, New York, NY
    2. April 2021 [exact date TBD] in Alexandria, VA
    3. September 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
  3. Commit to developing and completing a capstone project in collaboration with APTA Missouri, which may extend beyond 2021.
  4. Submit a completed application by the application deadline, Aug. 17, 2020.

Required Application Materials

  1. Completed application (application below)

Desired Application Materials

  1. Two letters of recommendation from people familiar with your potential for future professional leadership and your ability successfully complete a capstone project for your component.
    1. For students: at least one letter of recommendation should be from your physical therapy program academic and/or clinical faculty
  2. A one-page proposal for a Centennial Scholar capstone project that contributes to the transformation of the culture of physical therapy, fostering excellence in practice by enhancing professionalism, leadership, management, or advocacy.

Please fill out the application below. Be sure to hover over underlined questions for further clarification/descriptions! If you have any questions, please email

Applications are due Aug. 17, 2020.

Click the link below to read more about the Centennial Scholar program:
 APTA of Missouri Centennial Scholar Program



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