NO. However, certain scholarships have eligibility requirements involving membership in professional organizations associated with occupational therapy. The AOTF Scholarship Selection Committee deems that membership in occupational therapy organizations is an indication of student professional development. See Available Scholarships. To join AOTA click here www.aota.org/membership.
In 2019, 24 states and the District of Columbia are offering scholarships to occupational therapy students through the AOTF Scholarship Program. Be sure to check your state's offerings and requirements for membership and residence on Available Scholarships.
No. Membership in a state association is not required to receive an AOTF scholarship. However, to be awarded a state scholarship in some states, state occupational therapy association membership is required. Please check the specific requirements on Available Scholarships.
Applications must be submitted online by October 1, 2020. Program Director Statements and Professional References are due November 5, 2020.
The Scholarship Selection Committee reviews application materials, Program Director Statements and Professional References in late winter. Scholarship winners will be announced April 2021.
No, scholarships are not renewable. However, recipients may apply next year if they are still enrolled in an accredited educational program.
Just one application. The Scholarship Selection Committee determines how many scholarships each applicant is eligible for. If there are no qualified applicants for specific scholarships, those scholarships are not awarded.
No. Students applying for a scholarship at the post-baccalaureate level must have completed the equivalent of one full-year of occupational therapy specific coursework. If you are studying to become an occupational therapy assistant, you must be in your final year to be eligible.
Tax laws vary by country. In the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or textbooks are normally not taxable. The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against your scholarship award. AOTF does not presume to provide tax information. For tax questions please refer to a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or accredited tax preparer. You may also counsult IRS Publication 970 for further information (http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc421.html).
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