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August 28 , 2008
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Livonia student wins top scholarship from American Occupational Therapy Foundation

YPSILANTI — Jennifer Ellis, of Livonia, an Eastern Michigan University graduate student in occupational therapy, has won a $5,000 scholarship, the largest amount available, from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF). 

“I’m a full-time intern and don’t have time to work; therefore, the scholarship freed up my loans for the every-day life costs of being a graduate student,” Ellis said.             “Worrying less about money is allowing me to turn more of my attention to my internships. This will benefit my career immediately, as I prepare for the national certification examination, and in the future, as I build my own practice.”

To qualify for the award, applicants must be currently enrolled and have completed at least one year of occupational therapy specific coursework in an American Occupational Therapy Association accredited or developing post-professional level program, or enrolled in an occupational therapy assistant program.

Through the use of fiscal and human resources, AOTF expands and refines the body of knowledge of occupational therapy and promotes understanding of the value of occupation in the interest of the public good.


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