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Rewarding students for performance

Amy Wolkin and Michelle Sauer receive first merit scholarships
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Amy Wolkin, second-year DPT student, and Michelle Sauer, third-year DPT student, are the first recipients of the new Merit Scholarship offered through the DPT Scholarship Fund. Each student was awarded $1,500.

"Students submitted applications detailing their service to the community and to the profession, as well as essays about their vision of leadership," says Bruce Greenfield, PT, PhD, MA. "We had several applications, but Amy and Michelle really stood out."

In one example of her leadership abilities, Wolkin responded to her professor’s repeated requests for student feedback by creating a written survey to administer to all first-year DPT students. She compiled the results and presented them mid-semester to an appreciative professor.

Sauer also has a 4.0 GPA. She won the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) Fall Meeting Student Research Award in 2013. In addition, Sauer co-authored three research posters (one regional and two national) and published a manuscript with Trisha Kesar, PT, PhD, in the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (July 2014).

Greenfield hopes to expand the scholarship awards in the future. "We want to reward students for performance and commitment," he says. "Many of our competitors already do this, so in order to maintain the level of students we are getting into this program and to stay competitive, we need to offer these types of scholarships as well. Donations to the DPT Scholarship Fund are critically important to keep this scholarship going."

Please consider donating. To give, go to emory.edu/give and select "Health Professionals" from the first menu, "Physical Therapy" from the second menu, and continue to follow the online form.

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