Physical Therapist Scholarship

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2020 BrightLife Physical Therapist Scholarship, Anne H!

You can learn more about past winners on our blog. We will begin accepting applications for the 2021 scholarship on 1/1/2021.


BrightLife Direct works with thousands of customers that require the service and expertise of occupational and physical therapists. We want to give back to the field that does so much for our customers, by helping a current student achieve their goal of becoming a certified therapist.

This year, BrightLife Direct is awarding a scholarship of $1,000 to a student currently enrolled full-time in an occupational therapy, physical therapy (PT) or a physical therapy assistant (PTA) program. All PT and PTA programs must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). All Occupational Therapy programs must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The deadline to submit your application is July 30, 2021.


One scholarship will be awarded to a student who meets the following criteria:

    • Must be a US citizen
    • Applicant must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
    • Student must be currently enrolled in a program accredited by CAPTE  or ACOTE
    • At least one year of the program must be completed before the deadline


To be eligible, the following information must be received by this date:

    • Completed application
    • Official transcript
    • Current curriculum vitae
    • At least one letter of recommendation (includes the person's name, position, contact information and email). All letters of recommendation should be mailed or emailed by the individual recommending the candidate, or given to the candidate in a sealed envelope to be sent to us.
    • Complete a short essay: Must explain why you decided to pursue an education in physical/occupational therapy, and what you hope to accomplish in your career. Essay should be no longer than one page in length. See the application for more information. Please write the essay on a separate Microsoft Word or Google document and include with the rest of your materials.
    • Completed application must be received by July 30, 2021.

Completed applications and all required documents* should be emailed to
Since our central office is closed due to the pandemic, we are now requesting that all materials be sent digitally. Please have your references email their letters directly to us from their email account (we will not accept references from the student's email account).
*If you have already mailed your materials - we will collect and process them.
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Questions? Contact Us:

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at 1-877-545-8585 or send us an email at

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2019: Kallie Neumer. Read her story on our blog.

2018: Miriam Janove. Learn more about her on our blog.

2017: Meet the 2017 scholarship recipient, Kara Arps. Read her story in the official press release or learn more on our blog.

2016: Meet 2016 scholarship recipient, Lacy McMurtrey. Check out her story in the official press release to learn more.