Student PTA Award

HISTORY

This award is given to an outstanding student physical therapist assistant in Texas who has demonstrated personal and professional growth through service to patients, classmates, school, and profession.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

A student physical therapist  assistant who

    1. is a member of the TPTA and is in the last year of an accredited program, or who has graduated in the last calendar year.
    2. has a passing average in curriculum; however grade point average alone  shall not be sufficient criteria for winning the award.
    3. As the intent of the award is to honor a student who demonstrates excellence in clinical performance and exemplary leadership skills, the following guidelines are suggested for reviewing nominees to select a winner: 

       

      Leadership

          1. Attendance at TPTA meetings (District and Chapter)
          2. TPTA district level involvement (committees, volunteer)
          3. Displayed leadership in academic settings (well thought of by classmates and faculty - initiates activities)
          4. Displayed leadership in clinical setting (well thought of by peers and staff - initiates activities
          5. Level of maturity
          6. Displays ability to motivate others
          7. Creativity


      Clinical Performance
       

          •  Knowledge of basic clinical skill and creativity in application 
          • Communication skills 
          •  Ability to work with staff
          • Level of professionalism
          • Overall attitude
          • Ability to handle crisis situations.
          • Ability to apply scientific method to clinical setting, i.e., ability to ask pertinent questions and follow up by finding an 

NOMINATION PROCEDURE

  1. Nominations are made by submitting an electronic nomination form and submission of supporting documents
  2. Nomination Letter
  3. An unofficial transcript from the accredited program. 

 PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

1985 – Laura Epperson     2000 – Paul Villa
1986 – Alvin Helge     2001 – Nancy Bendell
1987 – Cheryl Stritzinger     2002 – Jill Mayes
1988 – Thomas Bell     2003 – Stacy Kay Kubicek
1989 – no award given     2004 – Kevin Saegert
1990 – Tommie DeBerry     2005 – Natividad Rios
1991 – Eyvonne Herod     2006 – Jeremy Picchi 
1992 – Rhonda Bowermeister.     2007 – Jennifer Howicz
1993 – Dorothea Everett     2008 – Bridget Carroll Eaton
1994 – Todd Anthony Simon     2009 -- Joshua Edward Ortiz
1995 – Scott Cottingham     2010 – Tamara Kelm
1996 – S. Leilani Geisler     2011 – no award given
1997 – Cynthia Mashe     2012 – no award given 
1998 – Audrea Crane     2013 – Stephanie Scudder 
1999 – Laura Miesse      2014 - No Award Given 
      2015 - Ryan Hilmer