Pennsylvania Centennial Scholar Application

Program Purpose

The APTA Centennial Scholars Program is designed to build future association leaders at both the chapter/section/academy and national levels. Demonstrating APTA’s investment in the sustainability of the association as it begins its next 100 years, the program will support our collective quest for a diverse and prepared leadership pool. This significant financial investment into your leadership and non-profit management skills is our commitment to you and our association.

The 12-month program will run throughout 2021 with a goal of engaging 100 scholars, including the goal of at least one scholar sponsored by each of APTA’s chapters (Pennsylvania) and sections/academies. The curriculum will cover association leadership and management topics and be delivered through three face-to-face meetings and regularly scheduled virtual learning experiences. Additionally, scholars will work directly with their sponsoring chapter to design and complete a capstone project that addresses an existing need in Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA). Scholars will also benefit from the guidance of Centennial Scholar mentors who will work directly with the scholars in small groups to support the completion of their projects. Partners at the Chapter level will be identified to assist with operational and other needs.

Review the capstone project ideas below.

Application Deadline

Aug.17, 2020 at 12:01 p.m. The application process will be electronically accepted. After review of the applications, there may be a short interview by the Centennial Scholar task force. 

Expected Selection Notification Date

Aug. 27, 2020. Notification to APTA is due Sept. 1, 2020.

Eligibility and Application Requirements

  1. Be a current PT or PTA member of the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association at the time of application and throughout the 2021 Centennial year. This opportunity is not open to student members.
  2. Anticipate being a PPTA member for the next 2-3 years. 
  3. Attend three mandatory in-person events [expenses paid by the sponsoring chapter] and regularly scheduled virtual meetings. The in-person events are currently scheduled for:
    1. Jan. 16, 2021, New York, NY
    2. April 2021 in Alexandria, VA (coordinated with Board of Directors meeting weekend)
    3. Sept. 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (during the Centennial Celebration week)
  4. Commit to developing and completing a capstone project in collaboration with the sponsoring chapter by the end of 2021.
  5. Submit a completed application to PPTA by Aug. 17, 2020 at 12:01 pm.

Required Application Materials

  1. Completed application
  2. Resume or CV detailing educational, professional, and volunteer service experience.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from people familiar with your potential for future professional leadership and your ability successfully complete a capstone project for your component.

Complete the Online Application Today! 

Capstone Project Ideas

 As this is a shared project between the candidate and the PPTA, we would like to propose some ideas from the Centennial Scholar Task Force. You are not required to complete as written and if you have a different idea, we would like to discuss that with you. The purpose of the capstone project is to advance a project or goal for PPTA or to create a new project which will be of value for our members.


This could include some or all of the following and we welcome your ideas as well:

Voting and Candidates for Offices

  • Voting
    • increase the number of members voting for positions in the state and districts
  • Candidates
    • provide better searchability for positions available and soon to be open
    • post information and content for positions beyond the job description
    • partner with PPTA Nominating Committee for early identification of potential leaders and provide shadow experiences in future roles
    • coordinate leadership and non-profit management “courses”
    • may be completed with other components

Web Page /Social Media Content

  • assist with management of the web page content to ensure fresh content
  • suggest content, seek volunteers and manage web page contributors, develop new sections on the web page such as school content, ProBono Network information
  • work with the Board, committees, SIGs and others to ensure information and leadership is up to date and presents in standardized format
  • increase presence in social media especially for Instagram and Twitter
  • increase the number of members using APTA Engage

Membership Transitions

  • ensure placement of graduating Student SIG leaders into a PPTA leadership position
  • provide key access site to describe roles within PPTA and contact for interest in positions
  • create a leadership academy for potential district directors
  • create a welcome packet specific to PPTA for new members and a thank you packet for renewing members

All of these projects can be coordinated with assistance of many volunteers and our Chapter Office staff. We are looking for our scholar to design and implement the ideas which will better engage our members and help all to realize the value and benefit of being in the APTA/PPTA.

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