Help make a difference!!
Interested in donating? Your contributions can make a tremendous difference to students who are working hard to become an occupational therapist. Consider donating to any of the scholarships below. Students use the scholarships to pay for tuition, books, and other necessary education expenses. Scholarships allow students to work fewer hours to fund their education, which in turn helps them spend more time studying and participating in classes. Scholarships make a huge difference in student success!
Not sure which to contribute to? The Occupational Therapy Development fund is a general fund that we use to support poorly funded scholarships.
Occupational Therapy Development Fund
Occupational Therapy Endowed Alumni Scholarship
This scholarship was established through donations by EKU Occupational Therapy Program alumni. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support for a beginning graduate occupational therapy student.
Occupational Therapy Endowed Chair
Occupational Therapy Endowed Faculty Scholarship for Student
This scholarship was established through donations by the EKU Occupational Therapy Program faculty. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support for a beginning graduate occupational therapy student.
David Allgier Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Allison Allgier, daughter of David Allgier, and graduate of EKU's Occupational Therapy program.
David Allgier was born May 16, 1940 in Lima, Ohio, to Arnold A. and Rilla Bowman Allgier. He received his BBA degree from Indiana University, where he later worked in Information Technology. David served Eastern Kentucky University as the Director of Information Technology for over 20 years. He was married to Jill H. Allgier, retired EKU Registrar, for 52 years and had two daughters, Abigail A. Horn and Allison Allgier, both EKU graduates.
This scholarship is established in support of students enrolled in the Master of Science Occupational Therapy Program during their Level II assignments to defray costs associated with completing six months of unpaid internships.
Joy Anderson Occupational Therapy Scholarship
This scholarship originally named "The Occupational Therapy Master's Program Alumni Endowed Scholarship" was established through donations from EKU Occupational Therapy program alumni and renamed to honor Joy Anderson, Program Director from 1978-1996. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support for a graduate Occupational Therapy students.
Nancy Gillespie Occupational Therapy Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in honor of Nancy Gillespie, an Occupational Therapist and part-time faculty member. The purpose of this scholarship is to acknowledge the qualities of humanitarianism, determination, perseverance and potential to become an Occupational Therapist by providing financial assistance for Level II Fieldwork.
Gladys N. Masagatani Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the family and in honor of Gladys Nobuko Masagatani, who led a rich professional life in the roles of occupational therapist, professional leader, and occupational therapy educator. She received the Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year Award by the Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association in 1988, the 1990 Lindy Boggs Award by the American Occupational Therapy Association for advancing occupational therapy, and Faculty Emeritus status from Eastern Kentucky University upon her retirement. Together, these three highly prestigious awards in each of the professional roles that Gladys assumed serve as testimony to a lifetime of service, dedication, and commitment.
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support for a graduate occupational therapy student.
Marshall Pediatric Therapy Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Jim and Pamela Marshall, owners of Marshall Pediatric Therapy clinic. Pam, former EKU Bachelor of Science Occupational Therapy graduate, partnered her clinic with EKU in early 2022 to provide real-world experience for students from various disciplines and studies. Marshall Pediatric Therapy aims to share its professional expertise and core values of family, love, excellence, happiness, and courage with EKU students.
The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage and support EKU students studying to become pediatric occupational therapists.
Morning Pointe Foundation Scholarship
The purpose of the Morning Pointe Foundation Scholarship is to provide support for undergraduate students in Occupational Therapy. The scholarship will be funded at $1500 annually for a period of three years and is non-renewable.
Scholarship recipients, separate from their scholarship award, may be provided opportunities for professional development and interships based on mutual need and consent. These opportunities would be in furtherance of the Morning Pointe Foundation's mission to "advance care of seniors for generations to come.
The Morning Pointe Foundation believes that families, healthcare professionals, and researchers have the knowledge to master the aging process and advance the care of seniors for generations to come. The Morning Pointe Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for caregivers and their loved ones by investing in geriatric scholarships, caregiver training, and service-learning opportunities with community colleges, universities, and centers on aging. Morning Pointe Scholarships are an investment in today's students and an opportunity to generate leaders in the field of senior wellness, nursing and geriatric care. By connecting with higher institutions of learning, the Morning Pointe Foundation can ease the financial burden for students while growing the number of educated caregivers in the field of senior healthcare.
Becky Pelfrey Memorial Fund
This scholarship was established in honor of Rebecca Pelfrey, a graduate of the EKU OT program, who was a clinician and legislative advocate. She was instrumental in passage of Kentucky's Occupational Therapy Practice Act.
Jean Steffan Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in honor of Jean Steffan Smith, a respected faculty member, researcher, artist and clinician. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize Ms. Smith's life and commitment to the Occupational Therapy profession.