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Centennial Scholar Application

Centennial Scholar Application

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.


Application Deadline:  The application process is now closed

Expected Selection Notification Date: August 15, 2020


Eligibility and Application Requirements

Applicants will need to be a current PT, PTA, or student member of the APTA at the time of application and throughout the 2021 Centennial year.

1.  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:

a.     January 16, 2021, New York, NY

b.     April 2021 [exact date TBD] in Alexandria, VA

c.     September 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

2.  Commit to developing and completing a capstone project in collaboration with the sponsoring chapter/section/academy, which may extend beyond 2021

3.  Submit a completed application by the application deadline (see below)



Required Application Materials

  1. Completed application

  2. Resume or CV detailing educational, professional, and volunteer service experience

  3. Applicants will need one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with your potential for future professional leadership and your ability to successfully complete a capstone project for your component.  Students will need to submit one letter of recommendation which may be from your institution’s faculty or previous clinical instructor

  4. Students will need to submit one copy of their unofficial academic transcript to date.


If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Geist at



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