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Ben Brown Scholarship
Empowering Our Future

 The Ben Brown Physical and/or Occupational Therapy Scholarship (BBPOTS)

Our Purpose

To provide assistance to applicants that pursue an advanced degree that is favorable to the Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services Program and creates awareness of that Program.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for the first year Ben Brown Physical or Occupational Therapy Scholarship (BBPOTS), you must:

    1. Possess a Baccalaureate degree from, or be a member of the current year Baccalaureate graduation class of, an accredited American College or University.

    2. Have an undergraduate cumulative, Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or more, as verified by College or University transcripts.

    3. Be accepted in a master’s degree program in Occupational Therapy or a Doctorate degree program in Physical Therapy from a Florida public College or University.

    4. Demonstrate a financial need for an award.

    5. Be a full-time resident of the State of Florida.

It is expected that first year scholarship recipients will continue in the study program resulting a degree. To be eligible to apply for a successive Ben Brown Physical or Occupational Therapy Scholarship (BBPOTS), you must:

    1. Complete an application and apply each eligible year.

    2. Continue to meet the eligibility for the first-year scholarship, including a cumulative, Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or more. Any recipient whose GPA falls below 3.0 at any time during their eligibility period will be removed from the program, as verified by transcripts.

Competition:

  1. Multiple applications for a single award will be reviewed by a committee of 4 – 6 Elks (the BBPOTS committee) who will be responsible for choosing one recipient annually.

Number of Awards and amounts:

One $10,000 scholarship will be awarded each year.

Total Scholarship is limited to $20,000 for a student enrolled in a two-year Occupational Therapy program ($10,000 per year) and $30,000 for a student enrolled in a three-year Physical Therapy program ($10,000 per year) as well as $30,000 for a student enrolled in a three-year Occupational Therapy program.

Each recipient must maintain the achievement levels on an annual basis to continue to receive their scholarship.

Social Security Number Required:

A Social Security Number is required of all applicants.

Judging Criteria:

Scholarship Performance Evaluation, Community involvement, Communication Skills and Financial need are the criteria used for judging applications.  The recipient is responsible for providing copies of the source documentation substantiating each criterion.

Source documentation includes a College or University transcript indicating the cumulative GPA, a narrative by the student describing community involvement and permission to access financials.  The BBPOTS committee may access records and is solely responsible for determining the applicant’s qualifications and competitive rank.

Scoring:

 Scholarship  600 points
Financial Need 200 points
Community involvement 100 points
Communication skills 100 points
Total possible points 1,000 points

Scholarship:

The scholarship, in the form of a certificate, will be presented to each successful applicant at the FSEA Convention held annually in the month of May.  It will be presented with the understanding that the applicant will comply with the enrolling and attending program classes at the named College.

Upon receipt of verification from the proper College or University indicating program enrollment, the FSEA will issue a check in the amount of the award and send it to the College or University and establish a credit in the name of the recipient.

Restrictions on the use of scholarship:

There is no restriction on the use of the scholarship.  It may be used for tuition, lab fees, room and board, transportation or food.

Verification of use of scholarship:

Scholarship recipients are required to provide the FSEA with receipts that verify the amount of the award before a successive application will be reviewed.  The verification must include a copy of the courses taken, grade received and GPA for the period of the last scholarship.

Applications for Successful Scholarships:

Each scholarship student must complete and submit a new scholarship application each year.  In addition, all applicants wishing to apply for an additional scholarship must provide to the FSEA:

    1. Receipts verifying use of the previous year’s scholarship funds.
    2. Report of his or her grades reflecting earned credit hours since the last application.
    3. Maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.

Recipients are expected to excel to the best of their ability, maintain good grades, be successful in their required classes, and demonstrate an eagerness to become fully certified in Physical or Occupational Therapy.

Unacceptable Conduct:

All scholarship recipients are expected to be good citizens and active in the community.  The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks supports law and order and moral conduct.  Recipients are expected to support these goals if they accept an award.

Application packages become the property of the FSEA.

The applications and all documentation will be retained by the FSEA until it is destroyed.