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Scholarship Opportunities

Graduate Education Merit (GEM)

What: A professional development opportunity for full-time graduate students who have demonstrated financial need. Students participate in activities that support the Department of Occupational Therapy’s commitment to practice, research and community service. GEM students support OT faculty in programming, research and teaching activities. Sometimes they assist faculty in implementing OT into new community-based practice arenas.
Client Population: Depends on setting.
Student role: Depends on setting.
Outcomes: Students find this experience valuable in helping to increase their skills as entry-level practitioners and researchers.
When: During school term, designated number of hours (5-18hr/week) based upon award amount
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Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

What: A one-year interdisciplinary fellowship program focused on community service, leadership development, and reflection, which serves as the entry year in becoming a Fellow For Life. It is based on Albert Schweitzer's philosophy of Reverence for Life, which challenges students to act on their idealism by serving needy individuals and communities. Fellows receive a stipend of $2,000 during the course of the Fellowship year.
Client Population: Depends on student’s project.
Student role: Design & implement an innovative 200 hour service project addressing a community’s unmet health and/or human service needs. 
Outcomes: Develop a unique project to improve the quality of life and health of community members in need. In addition, students become a lifelong fellow in a prestigious group of healthcare individuals and obtain opportunities for networking with a variety of professionals.
When: Applications accepted each winter.
More information: or for additional inquires please contact the Program Director at (215) 955-9995 or