Financial Aid and Scholarships

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Listed below are specific opportunities or resources for occupational therapy scholarships and financial aid.

The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF)
Offers more than 90 scholarships annually to students enrolled in OT programs at all levels. Corporations, charitable organizations, private individuals, and state occupational therapy associations contribute funds for the scholar-ships. Although each award has its own requirements, all recipients must be currently enrolled full time in an OT educational program. You must also be an AOTA member.

The American Occupational Therapy Association
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), with the assistance of the Assembly of Student Delegates Steering Committee, has developed a comprehensive listing of scholarship information on its Web site.

E. K. Wise Loan Program
AOTA’s Membership department administers the E.K. Wise Loan Program. It is restricted to students entering an entry-level master’s or post-professional master’s curriculum in occupational therapy. The program offers a one-time loan of up to $5,000 for female students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The loan must be repaid within three years of graduation or earlier should the recipient withdraw from the approved course of study before graduating. Call 800-729-2682, x2760 for more information.

AMBUCS Scholars
Scholarships for Therapists is administered by the National AMBUCS, Inc. a non-profit service association commit-ted to creating independence for persons with disabilities. Must be enrolled in an entry-level occupational therapy educational program (assistant programs are not eligible).

The following links were identified by the 2002–2003 Steering Committee of the Assembly of Student Delegates. If there is an organization not listed that you would recommend, please send that information to

Scholarships for the General Student Population:

 Scholarships for Minority Students:

 Financial Aid Sites

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