Occupational Therapy Scholarship & Financial Aid

Student Loans
The Financial Aid Office can help you with everything you need to know about student loans, from understanding your options to applying online. Please contact Maureen McKinnon, Assistant Director of financial Aid, at maureen.mckinnon@rockhurst.edu or 816-501-4831.

Scholarships

Rockhurst University is able to offer some scholarships to occupational therapy students who have completed their first year of coursework.

Rues Family Scholarship
This scholarship is named after Jane Rues and her family. Jane came to Rockhurst University in 1990 to develop the Master of Occupational Therapy Program. The Rockhurst University Occupational Therapy Education program prides itself on developing reflective, life-long learners who become resourceful and productive practitioners who dedicate themselves to the service of others while showing a financial need. The Rues Family created the Rues Scholarship to recognize student achievement in these areas. This scholarship was first presented in 2005. Students who will enter into the 2nd year of study in the MOT professional program are invited to apply for this annual scholarship.

Visiting Nursing Association Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2010 for Rockhurst University Occupational Therapy students interested in home health occupational therapy and who choose occupational therapy as a second career. Students who will enter into the 2nd year of study in the MOT professional program and who are committed to serving in home health are invited to apply for two $2,000 scholarships.

RehabCare Scholarship in Geriatric Rehabilitation
This scholarship was established in 2011 for Rockhurst University Occupational Therapy students interested in geriatric rehabilitation. Students who will enter into the 2nd year of study in the MOT professional program and who are committed to serving in a geriatric population are invited to apply for two $2,500 scholarships.

AMBUCS Scholarships
National AMBUCS, Inc. offers scholarships to students (U.S. citizens) in their junior/senior year in a bachelor's degree program, or a graduate program leading to a master's or doctoral degree. Awards range from $500 to $1,500 annually. There is a two-year award in the amount of $6,000. Approximately $225,000 is awarded annually. Award monies are deposited each semester to the student's credit account with the financial aid office of the education institution. Students must be accepted in an accredited program by the appropriate health therapy profession authority in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, and hearing audiology. Assistant programs are not eligible. Awards are based on financial need, US citizenship, commitment to local community, demonstrated academic accomplishment, character for compassion and integrity, and career objectives. AMBUCS will accept applications from Mid-January until April 15.

FastWEB (Financial Aid Search Through the Web)
FastWEB is the largest and most complete scholarship search on the Internet. It provides free access to a searchable database of more than 400,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants and student loans.

AOTA Scholarship Listing                                                                                                                           The American Occupational Therapy Association has developed a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities.  Please visit the AOTA website’s student section at http://www.aota.org/Students/Aid/Scholarships.aspx.                                               

Assistantships
Departments within the School of Graduate and Professional Studies have limited assistantships available to students. Contact the department to inquire about assistantship opportunities.

To answer questions about what criteria are needed to renew federal, state, and institutional awards download the Scholarship & Award Guidelines and Satisfactory Academic Progress (PDF) document.

For more information:
Office of Financial Aid
1100 Rockhurst Road
Kansas City, Mo. 64110
(816) 501-4831
(800) 842-6776
financialaid@rockhurst.edu