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APTA Nevada Centennial Scholar Information and Application

Program Purpose

The APTA Centennial Scholars Program is designed to build a cadre of future association leaders at both the chapter/section/academy and national levels. Demonstrating APTA’s investment in the sustainability of the association as it begins its next 100 years, the program will support our collective quest for a diverse and prepared leadership pool.

The 12-month program will run throughout 2021 with a goal of engaging 100 scholars, including the goal of at least one scholar sponsored by each of APTA’s chapters, sections, and academies. The curriculum will cover association leadership and management topics and be delivered through three face-to-face meetings and regularly scheduled virtual learning experiences.

Additionally, scholars will work directly with their sponsoring chapter/section/academy to design and complete a capstone project that addresses an existing need as determined by the sponsor. Scholars will also benefit from the guidance of Centennial Scholar mentors who will work directly with the scholars in small groups to support the completion of their projects.


Application Deadline

August 11, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PT


Expected Selection Notification Date

Monday, August 15, 2020


Eligibility and Application Requirements

  1. Be a current PT, PTA, or student member in good standing of the APTA and APTA Nevada at the time of application and throughout the 2021 Centennial year.
  2. Attend three mandatory in-person events [expenses paid by APTA and APTA Nevada] and regularly scheduled virtual meetings. The in-person events are currently scheduled for:
    1. January 15, 2021, New York, NY
    2. April 2021 [exact date TBD] in Alexandria, VA
    3. September 12, 2021 in Washington, DC
  3. Commit to developing and completing a capstone project in collaboration with APTA Nevada, which may extend beyond 2021. It’s our intention to work with the successful applicant to finalize the scope of the capstone project between September 1 and December 31, 2020.
    1. Capstone project examples:
  1. Increase membership engagement in APTA Nevada Chapter;
  2. Establish more networking opportunities among PTs, PTAs, and students;
  3. Increase community awareness of the benefits of physical therapy and the APTA Nevada Chapter;
  4. Candidates will be encouraged to suggest their own project ideas.
  1. Intention to serve as a volunteer leader in APTA Nevada for three to five years following the APTA Centennial year.
  2. Preference will be given to current or past APTA Nevada volunteers.
  3. Preference may be given to applicants who are within 10 years of graduating from their PT or PTA program.
  4. Submit a completed application by the application deadline.


Required Application Materials (deadline: July 31, 2020, 11:59pm PT)

  1. Resume or CV detailing educational, professional, and volunteer service experience, including your experience as an APTA and APTA Nevada volunteer.
  2. Completed application (copy/paste the questions below and your answers into a document or an email):
  • Your name  and contact information (email address and cell phone number)
  • Your title (PT, PTA, SPT, SPTA)
  • Additional titles and credentials
  • What has sparked your interest in representing APTA Nevada as Nevada’s Centennial scholar?
  • In what active role do you visualize yourself helping to grow within APTA Nevada? How do your past leadership development experiences contribute to this?
  • Considering the unique healthcare challenges and opportunities in Nevada, how do you envision APTA Nevada from 2021 and beyond?                                                                                                                                                                       


Desired Application Materials

  1. Two reference names and contact information of people familiar with your potential for future professional leadership and your ability to successfully complete a capstone project.
  2. For students: at least one letter of recommendation should be from your physical therapy program academic and/or clinical faculty


Please email materials to by July 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PT

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