Kelly Davis Receives Ethel Beard Burstein Scholarship

Kelly Davis, a second-year Entry-Level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy student at Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson School of Health Professions (JSHP), received the Ethel Beard Burstein Scholarship Fund. Named after and created by Mrs. Ethel Beard Burstein, an occupational therapist with strong ties to Philadelphia, this is the second year the scholarship has been awarded.

“Mrs. Burstein is an amazing woman who dedicated her life to occupational therapy, and I hope to do the same,” said Ms. Davis. “Her generosity will enable me to focus on my Level II Fieldwork experiences and complete my education at Jefferson. I plan on going into clinical practice and hope to make a difference in people’s lives, just as Mrs. Burstein has.”

Mrs. Burstein founded this scholarship after being greatly moved by her mentors, occupational therapists  Ms. Helen Willard and Ms. Clare Spackman.

“My hope is that the scholarship recipients will view occupational therapy with dedication to improve the quality of life for our patients,” says Mrs.Burstein, who now lives in Arizona. “In return, we as therapists have the rewards of challenging work and training students to be creative, diversified and honorable professional clinicians. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of being a creative and innovative therapist, and not giving up when faced with a challenging patient or client.”

The fund will help support second year Occupational Therapy students who will work in a clinical setting for at least two years after graduation. Recipients are selected annually by faculty members through an objective application process. Applicants should be Philadelphia residents in good academic standing.

For more information, contact Sienna Choi, 215-503-1918,

Published: 11-27-2012

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