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 Lisa Power, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, at lisa.power@rockhurst.edu or 816-501-4279.

College of Health and Human Services Dean's Scholarship

Beginning summer semester 2021, the CHHS Dean’s Scholarship will award two eligible students entering the Occupational Therapy program $25,000 each, which will be dispersed over the two and a half years of the program ($10,000 first year; $10,000 second year, and $5,000 third year). Application details will be made available soon.

OT Department Scholarships

Rockhurst University also offers some scholarships to occupational therapy students who have completed their first year of coursework.

Teresa R. LaManno Scholarship
This scholarship was created by Teresa "Terri" LaManno's family after she was senselessly killed in 2014. Terri graduated from Rockhurst University in 2006, and worked as an OT at the Children's Center for Visually Impaired (CCVI) for eight years until her death. To honor her memory and her dedication to her family and the profession of occupational therapy, one OT student facing the demands and challenges of being a parent/caregiver and a graduate student in the OT program is eligible for this scholarship annually.

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, lifelong 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 OT professional program are invited to apply for this annual scholarship.

Emerging OT Professional Scholarship
The distinctiveness of a Rockhurst University education comes from our Jesuit heritage.  We recognize learning, leadership, and service as being cornerstones of a well-rounded liberal arts education. These foundational concepts are important in the occupational therapy profession and in our educational program. This scholarship will be awarded annually to applicants in the program who have high scholastic achievement and dedication to Rockhurst’s values.

Assistantships and Work Study Positions (non-scholarship)
Departments within the College of Health and Human Services have limited assistantships and work-study positions available to students. Contact the OT department to inquire about assistantship opportunities.

Scholarship Resources

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.                                  

To answer questions about what criteria are needed to renew federal, state, and institutional awards download the document.

For more information:
Office of Financial Aid
1100 Rockhurst Road
Kansas City, Mo. 64110
(816) 501-4600
(800) 842-6776