This award, endowed by William Porter “Billy” Payne, chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, and his wife, Martha, was established in 1998 in memory of Mrs. Payne's father, who died of cancer the year before. It honors Augusta University President Emeritus Francis J. Tedesco and Dr. Mark F. Williams (MCG '88), who treated Mr. Beard during his hospitalization at Georgia Regents Medical Center.
This award is intended to honor the highest ideals and achievements in compassionate health care service at Augusta University, to foster and encourage habits of compassion and kindness, and to identify an individual unselfishly devoted to patients who demonstrates compassion in the Augusta University community. Students in all Augusta University colleges are eligible.
A graduating student considered to have performed significant, meritorious, and compassionate service, without expectation of recognition or reward, to Augusta University patients, families or community. The academic record of nominees is not considered. Judges are asked to select the person they feel has shown the most extraordinary compassion while providing health care. There are no specific selection criteria, however, the Board of Selectors will consider whether the nominee:
RAYMOND C. BARD SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Dr. Raymond C. Bard was the founding dean of the Augusta University College of Allied Health Sciences and served from 1968-88. This award was established in his memory for his valuable contributions, vision and philosophy for the college that continues to this day.
The award is presented annually to a student entering their final year of study who demonstrates academic success, leadership and service to university, profession, community and state.
Nominations are submitted by faculty to their departmental representative for Alpha
Eta. Nominated students will complete a nomination form to describe their service
activities. Applicants are selected by the Alpha Eta Awards Committee and presented
at the spring awards ceremony.
BIAGIO J. VERICELLA SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
This award was created in honor of Dr. Biagio J. Vericella, who came to Augusta University in 1973, became associate dean in 1976 and dean in 1988. The allied health programs continued to gain an excellent national reputation under his tenure through his retirement in 2001.
The award is presented annually to a graduating student who epitomizes compassion, optimism, mentoring, leadership and service within the college, the university and the community.
Nominations are submitted by faculty to their Alpha Eta departmental representative.
Faculty will provide a letter of support for the nominee from the department chairperson or faculty member. Nominated students will complete a nomination form to describe their service activities. Applicants are selected by the Alpha Eta Awards Committee and presented at the spring awards ceremony.
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for students in the School of Allied Health Science, studying Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and/or Respiratory Therapy.
To provide an annual scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student or students enrolled in the College of Allied Health Sciences. Scholarship to be awarded to students pursuing a degree in Respiratory Therapy, Occupation Therapy, or Physical Therapy. Selection will be based on merit and/or financial need.
FACULTY AND SPOUSE CLUB SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
This award is presented by the Augusta University Faculty and Spouse Club to one outstanding student from each of the five health sciences colleges at Augusta University. Each CAHS department submits one nominee.
ALPHA ETA SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS
Alpha Eta is the national allied health sciences honor society. This award is presented to a graduating student who demonstrates leadership and service to the community while attending Augusta University. Applicants are selected by the Executive Board and department representatives of the Alpha Eta Society. The number of awards given annually is determined by the Executive Board.
Applicants who are considered, but not selected, for one of the following awards are eligible.
Applicants are selected on:
COLLEGE OF ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The College of Allied Health Sciences Alumni Association created these scholarships to support CAHS students who are student members of the association. Applicants are selected by the CAHS Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Applicants will complete a form with the following information:
$250 (number of awards given varies annually)
ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS OF ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS (ASAHP) SCHOLARHIP OF EXCELLENCE AWARD
This scholarship program recognizes outstanding students who are achieving excellence in their academic programs and have significant potential to assume future leadership roles in the allied health professions.
Unique accomplishments are an important consideration in selecting the recipient. Among the qualities that will be recognized are:
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DPT STUDENTS
Awards, grants and scholarships available for DPT students >>
PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION OF GEORGIA
Awards, grants and scholarships available for students from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.
ALPHA-ETA SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP
Augusta University established a chapter of the Alpha Eta Society, the national honor society for allied health professions, in 1975. It promotes scholarship, friendship and recognition of high attainment in the allied health professions. Membership is limited to 20 percent of the graduating class.
Students nominated for membership must have demonstrated excellence in school, professional, community, and leadership activities.
Graduate Degree Candidates:
DEPARTMENT CHAIR'S AWARD
This award is given to acknowledge and honor a student who has demonstrated excellent leadership and provided outstanding service to the class, program and college. Contributions should be of exceptional value to the Department of Physical Therapy. Applicants will be judged on the basis of the results of an individual’s service, not merely the duration or continuity of that service. Service may be in the realm of any area(s) of the program, including, but not limited to, patient care activities and service to community, Augusta University and professional organizations.
2022- Elijah Long
2021- Dewey Wilson
2020 - Mackenzie Oskin
2019 - Kendall Carney
2018 - Chase Pendley
2017 - Emily Senger
2016 - Mindy Hickman
2015 - Michelle O'Brien
2014 - Hooman Nourparvar
2013 - James Haddon
2012 - Jonathon Kruse
2011 - Tabitha Korona
2009 - Leanna Dailey
2008 - Margaret Kitterman
2006 - Alison Holmes
BELLA J. MAY AWARD
This award, endowed by and named for the founder of the Augusta University Physical Therapy program, recognizes the graduating student who shows the greatest potential of becoming a caring, competent, creative and contributing member of the profession.
$500 - $800
2022- Lacey Collard-Guinzy
2020 - Caleigh Pinto
2019 - Tyler Wallace
2018 - Melvin "Trey" Wimmer
2017 - Martin Weatherby
2016 - Jordan Thrasher
2015 - Michelle O'Brien
2012 - Jonathon Kruse
2011 - Tyler Shultz
2009 - Stacey Darrish
2008 - Tracy Evans
2005 - Blaine Henry
2004 - Shanika Shannon
2002 - Allison Gilmer and Katie Lawrence
2001 - Chris Nesbitt
2000 - Richare Darin Durell
1999 - Tammy Williams
1998 - Angela Skarsaune
COMPASSIONATE CARE AWARD
This award gives a graduating physical therapy student an opportunity to be rewarded for giving exceptionally compassionate care in their clinical experiences.
2022- Megan Wiley & Jackie Jeschke
2020 - Anna Cook
2019 - Amy Henderson
2018 - Jillian Estes
2017 - Alexandra Salch
2016 - Ryan McMillan
2015 - Erika De La Cruz
2014 - Ashley McLain
2013 - Justin Horne
2012 - Sierra Sasser
2011 - Meredith Lu
2010 - Katherine Washington
2009 - Alexis Wilburn
2008 - Margaret Kitterman
DR. TYLER WALLACE PHYSICAL THERAPY SCHOLARS AWARD
Dr. Tyler Wallace became a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2019, upon graduating from Augusta University’s College of Allied Health Sciences at the top of his class. More than just class president, his humility, character and kindness made him a leader among his peers. His genuinely positive outlook on life, and the way he listened with patience, encouraged others and motivated friends and faculty alike. Tyler was passionate about self-care and healthy living because he cared about the future, and he made it a priority to offer the best of himself to serve and give back to others.
The Dr. Tyler Wallace Physical Therapy Scholarship honors Tyler’s memory and recognizes physical therapy students demonstrating the same ambition, integrity, and grace admired of Tyler. The scholarship shall be awarded at graduation. An additional scholarship may be awarded at the Department Chair’s discretion, as the endowment grows. Preference shall go to a well-rounded, disciplined student who demonstrates 1) service to others and the community, 2) leadership, 3) humanitarian attributes, 4) ambition, 5) integrity, 6) grace, and 7) patience
2022- Claire Dowling
2021- Dewey Wilson
ERMA MEYERS PHYSICAL THERAPY SCHOLARSHIP
The purpose of the Erma Myers Physical Therapy Student Scholarship is to provide scholarships ($300-$500) to assist students with the financial hardship of the 3-year program.
Students who are in the first or second year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy who have experienced significant financial challenges during the PT program are eligible to nominate themselves for the award. The scholarship shall be open to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, disability, age or veteran status, subject to the criteria set forth below.
WHO'S WHO AMONG STUDENTS IN AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES
Outstanding students from 1,400 colleges and universities worldwide are recognized in the annual directory, published since 1934. About six Augusta University PT students are selected for membership each year.
The award is based on scholarship, leadership in extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to CAHS, and potential for continued success.
ALPHA UPSILON PHI
This award was created to oversee, promote and reward service and leadership efforts by gru students, faculty, and staff. Up to 10% of the graduating DPT students may be nominated by the Department.
Candidates must complete an AUPhi Service & Leadership Resume that clearly identifies each activity by category: college, campus or community. In order to allow time to review resumes, they must be returned to the department chair by Feb. 28. Recipients are notified on or before April 1.