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AOTF Scholarship Program: How to Apply

The deadline to submit Scholarship Professional References and Program Director Statements has been extended to December 6, 2018, midnight, Pacific Time.

Applications for 2019 are now closed.  


2018 scholarship recipients will be notified by the beginning of November 2018. We have experienced unprecedented delays and we apologize for the extreme delay.  Thank you for your patience.


Qualified applicants must meet all eligibility requirements.


Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time student at an AOTA accredited or developing professional level (master's or OTD) or occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program.
  • Have completed at least one year of occupational therapy specific course work. If you are studying to become an occupational therapy assistant, you must be in your final year to be eligible. 

A complete application will consist of: 

1.  Applicant contact information including appropriate membership information.

2.  Academic background.

3.  Resume including volunteer service, extracurricular activities, honors and awards received, work experience.

4.  Essay question: response 500 words max. The essay provides an opportunity for the Scholarship Selection Committee to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes and is an important part of the application -- please complete it carefully and thoughtfully.

5.  Reference/Recommendation Forms: Two are required. Enter the name and email address of two references. One should be a current faculty member or faculty advisor and can speak about your academic ability and the other should be someone who can speak to your character, work experience,  leadership qualities, community service skills and your ability to successfully complete the proposed educational program as it relates to occupational therapy. Applications not containing two references will be disqualified. If exceptional difficulties are experienced by references in the online submission process, please contact Gaby Garcon at or 240-292-1125. Completed reference forms must be submitted by November 29, 2018.

6.  Program Director's Statement: AOTF will email your school's occupational therapy program director to complete an online Program Director's Statement by November 1, 2018. The Program Director may NOT complete the Reference/Recommendation Form. Applications are not considered complete without a Program Director's statement. Completed Program Director's Statement must be submitted by November 29, 2018

7.  Signature: In lieu of a signature, by agreeing to the terms and conditions prior to submitting your application, you are certifying that your application information is true and correct, and you are giving AOTF permission to obtain a Program Director's Statement and to contact the two (2) individuals named for references. This signature also authorizes AOTF to announce publicly the names and programs of successful applicants and to contact recipients for information that can be used to promote the scholarship program.

Applications for 2019 are now closed. 


  1. If asked, the Program Key is: AOTF.
  2. You must 'submit' your application by October 25, 2018. No changes will be permitted to online applications once they have been submitted. Please review your application carefully prior to that time to ensure that all answers are true and up-to-date and then click the SUBMIT button.

  3. We will automatically send your program director an online form to complete by November 1, 2018. Program Directors must submit their online forms by November 29, 2018.
  4. References (two are required) must submit their online forms by November 29, 2018.

Applicants are considered for all scholarships for which they qualify, but may receive only one scholarship per year. 



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