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Doctor of Physical Therapy

DMU scholarships

Academic merit scholarship

For entering first year students, scholarships will be distributed based on academic record and professional promise. No application is necessary for this scholarship.

Glanton scholarship

This minority scholarship program is for individuals who identify as African American, Hispanic American, or Native American. All awardees must be high academic achievers. The goal of diversity at DMU is to create a campus environment that encourages an appreciation for the cultural differences that exist in the student body and attracts students of all backgrounds to be part of DMU and the greater Des Moines community. No application is necessary.

Sandra Teague memorial scholarship

This fund was established by members of the PT class of ’98, as well as physical therapy faculty and staff members at DMU, in memory of Sandra Teague (PT Class of ’98).  Sandra was killed in the tragic plane crash that targeted the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. The scholarship is awarded annually to a 3rd year D.P.T. student.

Outside scholarships


For over 50 years, National AMBUCS, Inc. has been awarding scholarships to therapy students in a graduate program leading to a master’s or doctoral degree. Awards range from $500 to $1,500 annually. There is one two-year award in the amount of $6,000. Approximately $150,000 is awarded annually. Awards are based on financial need, US citizenship, commitment to local community, demonstrated academic accomplishment, character for compassion and integrity, and career objectives. Visit for more information.

Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions

The ASAHP offers two scholarship programs for students enrolled in an accredited allied health program. One program is called the Secretary’s Award and the second is called the Scholarship of Excellence Award. For more information visit

Gary L Soderberg Doctor of Physical Therapy award

This scholarship is provided by the Doctor of Physical Therapy Visionary Foundation, Inc in honor of Dr. Gary Soderberg, former Program Director of Creighton University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Omaha, NE. To date more than $15,000 has been awarded to students from professional DPT Programs.  Students must be in their final year of study to apply. For more information visit

Indian Health Service scholarship (IHS)

The Indian Health Service scholarship program provides financial assistance for American Indian and Alaskan Native (federally recognized only) students enrolled in health professions and allied health professions programs. For this program, there are service obligations and pay-back requirements that the recipient incurs upon acceptance of the scholarship funding. Visit for application and more information.

The Tylenol scholarship fund

Awards $250,000 in scholarships to students in the field of health care. There are 150 $1,000 scholarships up for grabs as well as 20 $5,000 awards. For more information visit

Loan repayment programs

Health Care Professional Recruitment Program (HPRP)

Up to $100,000 of student debt reduction in return for four years of practice in an Iowa shortage area or medically underserved community. Learn more about this program.

Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program (IHS)

Provided by the Indian Health Service. Contracts with health professionals to provide health care services at an Indian health program site. Student loan debt is reduced by up to $20,000 for each year of service. Learn more about this program.