Scholarships Information and Endowed Funds

Ollie B. Brooks Scholarship:  Established by the founder of the Howard University OT department, Ms. Naomi Wright, in honor of her mother. This is an endowed fund that provides resources to graduate level occupational therapy students who demonstrate financial need in accordance with University policy. 

Cordelia H. Puttkammer Endowed Scholarship:  Recipients selected for this award must be a deserving entry-level Howard University Master of Science student who demonstrates academic strength and interest in pediatric OT.  This scholarship was established by retired OT pediatric faculty member, Mrs. Cordelia H. Putkammer, and her husband, Mr. Charles Puttkammer.

Delcina Bean-Burrows Endowed Fund: Was established to help maintain and enhance the department’s academic and clinical research pursuits by alumna, Delcina Bean-Burrows.

Book Scholarship Fund: Clinicians periodically offer book scholarships to deserving students in the Howard OT Master’s program. This fund is available to graduate level students who are unable to purchase required texts for class.

OT Pediatric Fellowship:  Professional level graduate occupational therapy (OT) students at Howard University may apply for an appointment as an OT Pediatric Fellow. The appointment carries a stipend for a period of one year. This fellowship is sponsored by the Howard University Occupational Therapy Assessment and Pediatric Clinic.

OT Low Vision Fellowship:  Professional level graduate occupational therapy (OT) students at Howard University may apply for an appointment as an OT Pediatric Fellow. The appointment carries a stipend for a period of one year. This fellowship is sponsored by the Howard University Occupational Therapy Low Vision program.

Senior Emergency Fund: This fund is awarded to a senior Howard University occupational therapy student who has completed his/her didactic coursework and who demonstrates financial need. The award is typically provided to a student who needs financial assistance during his or her fieldwork level II.

Trustee Scholarship: The Howard University Trustee Tuition Scholarship is primarily merit-based award that recognizes high academic achievement within individual schools and colleges. Each Dean determines the 1) application process, 2) selection process and 3) any additional criteria for this award. No award is guaranteed as these funds are limited and no school/college is required to make Trustee scholarship awards each academic year.

Center for Excellence Award:  This award is given to Howard University Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Students who have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA. This award is based on recommendations from the Chairpersons of respective Departments.

*Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) - The purpose of the SDS Program is to increase diversity in the health professions and nursing workforce by providing grants to eligible health professions and nursing schools for use in awarding scholarships to financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds. To qualify you must meet SDS criteria. This award is offered during the granted approval period and may not be offered during the time of a student’s enrollment.

*COSMOS Scholars: This is award granted to graduate students in the Washington, DC area to help meet specific research needs not covered by other supporting funding. For more information contact the COSMOS Club Foundation at http://www.cosmosclubfoundation.org.

*AOTA E.K. Wise Scholarship: Building a Diverse Occupational Therapy Workforce: Previously known as the E.K. Wise Loan Program, the fund was established in the 1960s through the generous bequest of Elizabeth K. Wise to support women pursuing higher education degrees. The scholarship supports female students pursuing a post baccalaureate entry-level degree program in occupational therapy. This award is sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association. Three awards are granted annually in the amount of $5,000. Students may apply for a second year.  

*DCOTA Endowed Student Scholarship- this student scholarship is awarded through the District of Columbia Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to qualifying professional level occupational therapy students who are in the District of Columbia. For more information, please contact info@dcota.org.

*American Occupational Therapy Foundation Award: this student scholarship is awarded through the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) to qualifying professional level occupational therapy students. For more information, please contact 301-652-2682.

Note: The above information is subject to change. The awards with an asterisk (*) are sponsored by organizations outside of the university and are offered at the discretion of the organization. Students can also check updated website listings for more information on student scholarships.

Student Scholarship Websites

  1. BELL LABS FELLOWSHIPS FOR UNDER REPRESENTED MINORITIES
  2. Student Inventors Scholarships
  3. Student Video Scholarships
  4. Coca-Cola Two Year College Scholarships
  5. Holocaust Remembrance Scholarships
  6. Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships
  7. Brand Essay Competition
  8. Gates Millennlum Scholarships 
  9. Xerox Scholarships for Students