WRITER: MEGHAN NEARY
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: May 1, 2001
UI student receives APTA 2001 Minority Scholarship Award for Academic
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has
awarded a 2001 Minority Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence to Charlotte
Bailey, a student in the University of Iowa Physical Therapy Graduate Program.
Bailey will receive the award at the APTA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.
The Minority Scholarship Award is given annually to minority physical therapy
students to acknowledge and reward their demonstrated participation in minority
affairs, their activities and services, their potential for superior achievements
in physical therapy, and their academic excellence.
Bailey, currently in her final year in the entry-level Master of Physical
Therapy (M.P.T.) degree program, has participated in a number of minority
community activities and programs. Bailey was involved in planning activities
for the UI College of Medicine Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week in
January. She also attended a leadership conference on strengthening and valuing
Latino communities in Iowa. In addition, she participated in the APTA Diversity
2000 Fundraiser, and she has attended seminars on cultural competence in health
"Charlotte is a service-oriented individual with a friendly, outgoing
personality," said David Nielsen, Ph.D., director of the UI Physical
Therapy Graduate Program. "She is a person of unquestionable character
with the highest moral and ethical standards."
In addition to a monetary award, medallion and certificate, the Minority
Scholarship Award also offers participation in the APTA Mentor Program, where
Bailey will be paired with a physical therapy professional and member of APTA
to be her personal mentor.
"It's one thing to acknowledge what someone has done already, but another
to expand their opportunities to be involved in the profession. I'm excited
to have this unique opportunity," Bailey said.
Bailey also has received a number of other prestigious academic awards,
including the George Washington Carver Excellence in Education Scholarship
and the Iowa State University College of Education Minority Leadership Award
for Academic Excellence. She is a participant in Iowa's Leadership Education
in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Traineeship at University Hospital
School. Bailey also recently was named the 2001 Outstanding Physical Therapist
Student by the APTA. She will receive this award in June.
"Our profession desperately needs individuals like Charlotte Bailey,"
said Richard Shields, Ph.D., associate professor in the UI Physical Therapy
Graduate Program. "I continue to be impressed by her deep commitment
to the future of physical therapy."
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