Physical Therapy Department Scholarships

At this time, our department offers a few “internal” scholarships. Most are between $500 to $1,500 dollars. These are available to students enrolled in the program.

Graham Davis Scholarship

The Graham Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of Graham Davis, who was a member of the founding class of the Rockhurst MPT Program. Graham was diagnosed with leukemia in his second year of the program, and despite a gallant battle, passed away one year later, at age 40.  Graham’s passing was mourned by many, including his wife Sherry, son Tyler, and the many friends he made while a part of the Rockhurst community. One of Graham’s most valued ideals was lifelong learning, and his love for knowledge was one of his most distinguished characteristics. Graham had not only received undergraduate degrees from Atlantic Christian College and the College of the Albermere in North Carolina, but also received his MBA at Rockhurst in 1988. He taught at the high school level and was an adjunct instructor in Rockhurst’s MBA program.  He loved to teach and to learn, and had considered an option of pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy. Had he chosen this avenue, he planned to either teach his gained knowledge to others, or to do research in the field. It is the hope of Graham’s family that this scholarship will come to symbolize his ideals in learning, educating, and contributing to the ever-changing and growing field of Physical Therapy. It was Graham’s hope to offer the scholarship to a deserving student wishing to pursue their graduate Physical Therapy education at a later time in life as he did.

The Early Achievement Scholarship

The Early Achievement Scholarship is provided to a full time student at the end of the first year in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. This award is granted to a student who is in teh top 10% of their class academically at the end of the first year in the program who also demonstrates leadership behaviors, service involvment, and professional growth during the first year. In addition, applicants must describe a detailed plan to continue their professional growth in the remaining two years of the program. 

Megan Barnett Scholarship

This scholarship is named in honor of Megan Barnett. Megan was a student in the PT class of 2008 before her untimely death in December 2006. In her role as a student, Megan demonstrated remarkable growth in knowledge, self-confidence and all aspects of professional behavior. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a 2nd year DPT student who meets the qualifications and who can articulate a similar growth while enrolled as a student in the PT program.