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Release: May 1, 2001

UI student receives APTA 2001 Minority Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence

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. June 23.

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 care.

"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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