The National Board of Directors has recently finished their review of the scholarship program policy and guidelines. The board adopted the following policies:
- Eighty (80%) percent of monies awarded each year will be directed to chapter sponsored students. Twenty (20%) percent of monies awarded will be reserved for non-chapter sponsored students. This was done because the board feels it is important for the program to be national in scope. This policy recognizes that seventy-five (75%) percent of applications received are non-chapter sponsored.
- To simplify the guidelines, the board removed two of the selection criteria from the guidelines. Previously, weighting was given to previous recipients. This was removed and all applicants will be considered equally, each year. Academic accomplishment was also removed. This is due to a lack of meaningful metrics to measure this and the fact that programs have very high graduation and success rates.
- The board approved the following plans to improve communication about the program for chapters and members:
- Every chapter is invited to sponsor one (1) student for the scholarships for therapists program. Chapters are asked to please limit further sponsorships by the chapter to no more than three (3) students per $500 contributed to the program by the chapter.
- If your chapter sends in more than one sponsored student application, we ask you to rank your students for the committee review – based on the standard criteria defined in V.2. of the guidelines. Revisions to the chapter sponsored form have been made to reflect these improvements.
- A list of student applications received will now be posted on our website. It will include student first name and last initial, state, program, school and if they are chapter sponsored. In the past, chapters would have to sign up for this service. Now it’s all self-serve. If your chapter identifies a likely lead, there is anew form to request further information about the student.
- Continue to encourage chapters to financially support the program – especially if they also sponsor students.
- An education session on the program will be offered at the upcoming Spring Region Conferences.
- A webinar about the program will also soon be available.
Board revisions to policy, 2/15