Emory Physical Therapy Phonathon on Monday, October 29 to raise money for the Emory Physical Therapy Scholarship Fund. Please donate and help us achieve our goal of 100% alumni and faculty participation!
As I reflect on our program, I am proud of the many years of physical therapy education we have provided leading to an outstanding community of over 900 alumni. Our faculty dedication to excellence in teaching and research is reflected in our high national ranking, which increased this year to seventh in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report rankings. We could not achieve this status without the quality students who come to Emory and graduate with a lifelong bond to our program.
Each year, the price of an Emory physical therapy education rises. Current students graduate with an average of $124,355 in debt (based on 2012 data). We are working to establish a scholarship fund where we can assist students with this burden and offer scholarships based on merit and/or need. We lose some of the highest qualified candidates each year to competitor programs that offer these scholarships. Thus, it is critical that we increase our scholarship offerings if we are to compete for these candidates.
Our annual DPT Scholarship Phonathon is scheduled on Monday, October 29. Current Emory DPT students will call you and appeal for your support of our program. I hope this phonathon will also serve as an opportunity to strengthen the bonds between our current and former students and to build a stronger relationship between the Emory physical therapy program and its alumni.
The average alumni participation rate for giving in 2011-2012 was 7% (though up from 5% the previous year). We have established a goal of 100% participation for the 2012-2013 scholarship campaign. We are hoping every alumnus will participate in some way. The faculty also has committed to 100% participation this year to demonstrate strong support for the establishment of the DPT Scholarship Fund.
Please join us in reaching our goal of having alumni and faculty at 100% participation!
Any gift amount is welcomed and greatly appreciated. Please provide your continued support so we can extend the opportunity for training at Emory to future generations of outstanding physical therapists.
Zoher Kapasi, PT, PhD, MBA
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program