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Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence

Established in 2004

Purpose

To provide annually an award and honorarium for an occupational therapy practitioner who demonstrates a commitment to evidence-based practice or participation in research that advances the science of occupational therapy with priority given to work in the area of brain-behavior relationships and/or sensory processing disorders. The award is given in honor of Virginia Scardina, known as "Ginny", whose application of theory to practice was of great significance to the profession of occupational therapy. Ginny epitomized the master clinician in her use of the art of therapy. She infused enthusiasm, passion, and spirit in her interactions and facilitated growth in all of her clients, children and adults alike. Through a model training program, she mentored hundreds of therapists from all over the world.

Eligibility

  • Be initially certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, formerly the American Occupational Therapy Certification Board.
  • Be a member in good standing of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Current members of the AOTF Board of Directors are not eligible.

Nomination Procedures

  • Individual AOTA members or a group of members are eligible to submit nominations.
  • Send five (5) copies of the nomination package to the Chairman of the AOTF Awards of Recognition Committee at P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220 or you may email your nomination to Jeanne Cooper at jcooper@aotf.orgDeadline for receipt of 2015 nominations for awards to be given at the AOTA 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition is October 17, 2014.

Please include:

  • nomination form completed by the candidate.
    letter of nomination from nominating individual or group if candidate is not self-nominating.
  • two (2) letters of support.
  • a description of 250 words or less detailing the proposed use of honorarium to further the understanding of sensory integration and brain-behavior relationships as related to occupational therapy. The candidate must submit this description.

    Examples of possible uses are: development of a workshop, writing a grant, collecting and analyzing data, attending a workshop or conference, buying books or partial tuition support for furthering education in the field of brain-behavior relationships.
  • current curriculum vitae of candidate, which must include a list of contributions such as outstanding clinical expertise, presentations, seminars, symposia, workshops, scientific papers, awards and honors, and/or publications.
  • reprints of publications published in external professional journals, if applicable.
  • a recent photograph of candidate (hi-resolution 300 dpi or greater).
  • a short paragraph of no more than 100 words citing the candidate's contributions to be used for public dissemination.
  • Candidates nominated, but not selected, may be re-nominated in succeeding years.

Criteria for Selection

  • Relevance of the proposed use of the honorarium.
  • Benefit to the profession of the proposed use of the honorarium.
  • Extent and quality of previous contributions.
  • Sphere of influence. Which may include areas outside occupational therapy, such as community service, public schools, etc.
  • Recognition by others, which may include recognition outside the field of occupational therapy.