Occupational and Physical Therapy Scholarships

The New York City Department of Education offers the Jose P. Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy (OT/PT) Scholarship Program. Students in their 3rd, 4th, or graduate years of professional study in Occupational and Physical Therapy at participating colleges or universities are eligible to apply. Scholarships are granted through a selection process involving an interview, review of academic records, writing samples, and references.

Applications are accepted annually for the fall from January through April. Application deadlines are subject to change without notice.

Scholarship Disciplines:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy

Eligibility:

  • Be accepted by one of the participating colleges/universities and enrolled full-time in an Occupational Therapy Program leading to New York State Certification.
  • Be accepted by one of the participating colleges/universities and enrolled full-time in a Physical Therapy Program leading to New York State Certification.
  • Proof of U.S citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • 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 a full-time Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist 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 or university enrollment.

Service Commitment and Commitment

Scholarship Program entrants must sign a contract with the NYC Department of Education. In accepting the award, they accept the provisions of the contract, which include, but are not limited to, the following terms and conditions:

  • Participants shall serve within the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) in the field of Occupational Therapy for two (2) years for every year the Scholarship is awarded or any part thereof.
  • Participants shall serve in the field of Physical Therapy for two (2) years for every year the Scholarship is awarded or any part thereof.
  • Example: If the Scholarship is awarded for one and a half (1 and 1/2) years, the participant will have a four (4) year service commitment to the NYCDOE.

To apply for the Jose P. OT/PT Scholarship Program, use our online application to apply during the application period.

Applicants must submit the following supporting documents within ten (10) business days from the date you submit your application:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status (Example: Birth Certificate, Passport, Alien Registration Card)
  • Current College Transcripts (unofficial copies and official student copies are acceptable)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Copies of all New York State or other state certificates
  • 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.

Please mail documents to:

New York City Department of Education
HC School Support
Scholarships, Incentives, and Speech Programs
65 Court Street, Room 508
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Attention: OT/PT Scholarship Program

For more information about the Jose P. Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy (OT/PT) Scholarship Program, visit us at teachnycprograms.net or email us at JosePscholarship@schools.nyc.gov.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Implementation of the Jose P. Graduate Scholarship Program is contingent upon the availability of funding and the staffing needs of the New York City Department of Education.

An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 923, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at http://schools.nyc.gov/OEO

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