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Recruitment & Special Programs > Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Scholarship Program  > Fact Sheet for Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Scholarship Program


Semester of Entry: Fall 2019
Application Period:             January 7 - April 30, 2019


Columbia University Risa Granick, PT, EdD, MPA 212-305-6907 rg2135@cumc.columbia.edu
Long Island University Barry Eckert, Ph.D. 718 780-6578 barry.eckert@liu.edu
Mercy College Nannette Hyland, PT, Ph.D. 914 674-7825 nhyland@mercy.edu
New York Institute of Technology  Karen Friel 516 686-7651 Kfriel@nyit.edu
 Touro College Jill Horbacewick, PT, Ph.D. 212 463-0400 X5678 Jill.horbacewicz@touro.edu 



  • Be accepted by one of the participating colleges/universities and enrolled full time in a Physical Therapy Program leading to New York State Certification.

  • Certify that you are citizens or legal permanent resident aliens of the United States and will present proof of such at the time of the interview.

  • Certify that you do not possess a disqualifying record of conviction. All awardees need to be fingerprinted and receive clearance by the New York City Department of Education.

  • Agree to accept employment as full-time Physical Therapists with the New York City Department of Education in areas of high need as determined at the discretion of the program Supervisor upon obtaining your New York State license.

  • Maintain full time college/university enrollment.



All applications for the Physical Therapist OT/PT Scholarship Program must be submitted electronically.  Supporting documents must be submitted within 10 business days from the date the application is filed:

  • Resume.

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. (Example: Birth Certificate, Passport, Alien Registration Card.)

  • Current College Transcripts (unofficial copies and/or official student copies are acceptable).

  • Copies of all New York State or other state license.

  • Two (2) letters of reference (1 personal, 1 professional).  

  • A non-refundable application fee of $75.00 in the form of a money order made payable to the New York City Department of Education. Personal checks will not be accepted. 

Documents are to be mailed to the following address:

New York City Department of Education

Scholarship Incentives and Speech Programs

65 Court Street, Room 508

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Attention: OT/PT Scholarship Program



Interviews will be held by the Office of Related Services during the month of June.  There will be an in-person interview as well as a written assessment.  Skype, FaceTime or telephone interviews are not permissible.  Selections are made at the conclusion of all interviews, notifications will be sent in August.



Current pedagogical or clinical employees of the NYC Department of Education are not eligible to participate in the Scholarship Program.

  • Must not have benefited from or participated in any other incentive programs administered by the Department of Education (i.e., Teachers of Tomorrow, Loan Forgiveness Program, Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE), New York City Teaching Fellows, Teach for America, I-Start, New Visions Urban Teacher Residency Program, Success Via Apprenticeship, Math for America, etc.).



The NYC Department of Education will reimburse the college or university the cost of tuition for candidates selected to participate in the Master's or Doctoral program. Unrelated coursework, other fees and expenses (i.e., application fees, books, and room/board) are NOT covered, and are the responsibility of the student.


Award amounts will:

  • Be granted for one year and may be renewable for the second year, contingent upon funding and acceptable academic records.

  • Cover the full cost of tuition only for courses directly related to programs in Physical Therapy (during professional phase of program).

NOTE: The maximum number of years that one is allowed to participate in the scholarship program is two (specifically the last two years of study in that program) regardless of the length of your study/program.



To meet the professional education requirement for licensure as a physical therapist, your education must be from a:

  • New York State Registered or Accredited Physical Therapy Program (APTA), you must have a master's or higher degree in physical therapy.

  • Program Located in the United States but not NYS Registered or APTA accredited, you must have completed a program satisfactory to the Department which is substantially equivalent to a master's or higher degree program in physical therapy registered by the department.

  • Physical Therapist Program located outside the United States that is not NYS Registered APTA Accredited, please refer to the New York State Education Departments website:  www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pt/ptlic.htm “Proof of Education” instructions to verify your education credentials.



Physical Therapist must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination, or an examination determined by the Department to be comparable in content, is required for physical therapy licensure in New York.


  • Participants shall serve in the field of Physical Therapy two (2) years for every year the Scholarship is awarded or any part thereof.   Example: The Scholarship is awarded for one and a half years; the participant will owe four (4) years of service.
  • If an awardee receives less than one year of scholarship assistance, the minimum service obligation requirement is two (2) years.
  • Employment must be in a designated New York City Public School.
  • An awardee must commence employment with the New York City Department of Education upon possession of a New York State license to practice Physical Therapy.
  • An awardee who has failed to commence his/her service obligation will be required to repay the total year plus nine (9%) interest within one (1) year of the last award semester. A pro-rated repayment schedule shall be established for any awardee that completes only a portion of his/her service obligation within the specified period.
  • Scholarship Program entrants must sign a contract with the NYC Department of Education. In accepting the award, they accept the provisions of the contract. Awardees must meet the standards of the college they attend and remain in good standing in their program. 

Implementation of the Scholarship Program is contingent upon the availability of resources and the staffing needs of the NYC Department of Education.

If you require further information, please contact the Scholarship Incentives and Speech Programs at (718) 935-2449. We look forward to receiving your application.

To apply https://nyc.teacherssupportnetwork.com/Start.do?CareerPath=INC.