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Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy
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The Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy (GFPT) provides financial assistance for research that advances the physical therapy profession and scholarships to provide financial assistance to PT and PTA students who demonstrate superior capabilities and the potential to significantly contribute to the growth of the Physical Therapy Profession.

To Donate:

Mail - Make you check payable to the Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy.  Be sure your name and address are included and mail your check to:

Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy (GFPT)
596 Concord Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30082

GFPT is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.


Phyllis D. Palma Scholarship

A scholarship is being established in the memory of Phyllis D. Palma, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS.  Click here for more information.

When donating to this fund, please mark Phyllis Palma on the memo line of your check.

GFPT Research Grant Program


The purpose of GFPT grant program is to promote the highest quality, scientifically based, and clinically relevant research with priority given to projects with a clinical application.  Proposed studies should add to or refine the body of knowledge on which physical therapist practice is based using any of a variety of recognized investigative methods, such as experimental, descriptive, or correlational.  Proposed studies should begin to address the most critical questions in clinical practice.  The project should be a collaborative venture between two or more partner organizations or institutions.



GFPT grants are limited to a maximum of $10,000.  Application deadline is January 24, 2020.  Awardee will be notified by February 17, 2020. Funding will begin May 1, 2020 and must be expended within a 24 month budget period of the award.  



PI Eligibility

The GFPT Grant funds are available to members of PTAG.  The applicant must be a licensed physical therapist or physical therapy assistant or have met the eligibility for physical therapy licensure.  The applicant should contact the Board President before applying if there is any question as to meeting one of the above three criteria.

Type of Proposal 

Proposals will evaluate the efficacy of physical therapist interventions within any discipline relevant to physical therapy.  Project outcomes should focus on the quality and delivery of patient care.



Because proposals are evaluated by an interdisciplinary peer review panel, they should be written to be understood by people who are not in the applicant’s field of study or experts in the applicant’s field of study.  Applicants should limit their use of jargon and acronyms whenever possible.


Access to Application Forms

Detailed information can be found here.

Applications for this grant must be submitted online to with a subject line of “GFPT Research Grant 2020.”

The Applicant will be notified by email that the application has been submitted for review.


For Additional Questions Please Contact:

Anne Thompson, PT, EdD
Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy, Inc, Grant Committee
596 Concord Road SE

Smyrna, GA 30082

P: 770.433.4137  F: 770.433.2907

Apply for Scholarships

GFPT Student Scholarship

Submission deadline: February 3, 2020

The Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy is partnering again with Team Rehab to award PT and PTA student scholarships.  Team Rehab will award one $2,000.00 scholarship for one SPT from EACH accredited PT school in GA and one SPTA $2,000.00 scholarship from ONE PTA school in GA. GFPT is also excited to announce that they will also be awarding one scholarship for a SPT and SPTA in the amount of $2,000.00 each.  The scholarships provide financial assistance to PT and PTA students who demonstrate superior capabilities and the potential to significantly contribute to the growth of the Physical Therapy profession.  Recipients will be invited to the awards luncheon as our guest.  The awards luncheon will be held during IMPACT 2020, PTAG's annual conference on Saturday, March 28, 2020 a Lanier Technical College, Cumming Campus.

To provide financial assistance to PT and PTA students who demonstrate superior capabilities and the potential to significantly contribute to the growth of the physical therapy profession.

  • Nominees must be members of APTA/PTAG.
  • Nominees must be enrolled as full-time students in a Georgia PT or PTA program.
  • Nominees will have completed one year of the credit hours required for graduation and/or the degree awarded by this department by the time of the receipt of the scholarship.  The institution must attest to the one year or more completion status.
  • Nominees will exhibit superior scholastic ability and past performance.
  • Nominees must exhibit a strong commitment to physical therapy through participation in state and national associations, related activities, community service activities involving physical therapy, and pro bono/voluntary service.
  • Awardees must accept their scholarship in person at IMPACT, PTAG's annual conference.  
Nomination Procedure
  • Instructions for scholarship application will be distributed to the directors of all CAPTE accredited (or in-process) PT and PTA programs in Georgia via e-mail.
  • The Director of the program will be responsible to provide the information to eligible students.   
  • Eligible students will submit, via e-mail by Monday, February 3, 2020, current application information appropriate to the category of the educational program in which the student nominee is enrolled.
  • Incomplete nomination packets will not be considered by the GFPT Scholarship Committee.
  • Extraneous documents (those that are not required or in excess of requirements) will not be considered by the scholarship committee.
  • Applicants not selected for the award may reapply in any subsequent year by the completion and submission of a new packet.  Previously submitted nomination forms and supporting documents may not be used.
Materials Used for Submission & Directions

Click here to download the scholarship application.


Send all materials via e-mail to



Scholarship Committee
  • The Scholarship Committee shall consist of no less than three members.  Two members of the BOD of the GFPT who are not employed in an academic institution, and one Georgia clinician who is a PTAG member and not associated with any academic institution in Georgia.
  • The Scholarship Committee with the permission of the GFPT Board may request consultation with appropriate clinicians and/or content experts.
Review Procedure
  • The Scholarship Committee will review nominations and recommend recipients to the BOD of GFPT for final approval.
  • The GFPT will determine the number of awards to be given each year.  If the Committee determines there is not a worthy nominee in any one category, the award may be allocated to another category, or not given.
  • For 2020, Team Rehab in collaboration with the GFPT, will award a scholarship to one SPT at each accredited PT school in Georgia (8) and will award one SPTA scholarship from an accredited PTA school in Georgia
  • The number of awards granted in any year will be determined by the GFPT and will be based on available funds and the number of nominees who meet the criteria.
  • Members of the BOD, or the Scholarship Committee who are closely associated with a nominee in either a personal or professional manner in which a conflict of interest may exist, will be required to be absent during discussion and voting concerning that nominee.
  • The decision of the BOD pertaining to the selection of the awardee will be final and reasons for the decision will not be disclosed. 
Award Notification
  • The recipients of the awards and the directors of the programs in which they are enrolled will be notified after selection by the BOD on March 12, 2020. 
  • Nominees who are not selected will be notified of their non-selection and will be thanked for their participation.
  • The student recipients will receive their monetary awards at IMPACT, PTAG's annual conference.  If the student is unable to attend a representative of the student’s educational program may accept the award on the student’s behalf.
  • An announcement of the award will appear in a PTAG e-blast and the Student network newsletter.

Application -
Click here to download the scholarship application


If you have any questions, please contact the GFPT office as follows:


Kathy Rhodes

GFPT Executive Office

596 Concord Road SE

Smyrna, GA 30082

P: 770-433-4137  F: 770-433-2907


2020 GFPT Scholarship recipients

Claudia Holbrook, SPT, Augusta University
Courtney Lowery, SPTA, Athens Technical College  


2020 GFPT/Team Rehab Scholarship recipients

Abigail Cavender, SPT, University of North Georgia
Adriana Florez, SPT, Brenau University
Zach Newbold, SPT, Augusta University
Shaun Resseguie, SPT, Emory University
Macie Sims, SPT, Georgia State University
Rebecca Spry Pyle, SPT, Mercer University
Eleanor Stevenback, SPT, GA Southern University

Foster Lester, SPTA, Atlanta Technical College


2019 GA Foundation for Physical Therapy Research Grant

Title: "Exercise and Walking Activity Surrounding Diabetic Foot Ulceration."

Investigator:  Deborah M. Wendland, PT, DPT, PhD, Mercer University

Co-investigators (Piedmont Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine)

Teri Biven, PT, DPT, CWS
Richard Kaufman, DPM

Leia Richardson, PT, CWS
Emily Green, PT, DPT, CWS


2019 GFPT Scholarship Recipients

Grace M. White, SPT,
Georgia State University
Chloe McAllister, SPTA, Athens Technical College


2019 GFPT/Team Rehabilitation Recipients

Shelley Anderson, SPT, Augusta University
Lindsey Armstrong, SPT, Georgia Southern University

Jayme Astarita, SP
T, University of North Georgia
Taylor Hemmerick, SP
T, Georgia State University

Eric Holshouser, SPT
, Emory University
Luke Siegmann, SPT
, Mercer University

Jacob Weller, SPT
, Brenau University

Foster Lester, SPTA
, Atlanta Technical College