There are a limited number of occupational therapy scholarships available. These are given based on special needs or talent (see specific criteria for each scholarship). The College of Health and Human Services also offers some scholarships to the occupational therapy program. Interested applicants may contact the Occupational Therapy Program Director, Dr. Andrea Zakrajsek at [email protected].

Scholarships are also available to qualified students on a limited basis through a variety of professional organizations. Resources can be found with the American Occupational Therapy Association, the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association and the Michigan Alliance of School Physical and Occupational Therapists. Further information may be secured from the associations directly.

There are also a variety of scholarships, grants and loans available through the Office of Financial Aid. For further information, visit their website or contact them at [email protected].


Student Organizations

  • Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) 

    The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is a recognized campus organization consisting of currently enrolled occupational therapy students and intent students. Through volunteer events, SOTA increases the level of engagement with local communities for further support.  General business meetings are held monthly and minimal membership dues are assessed each semester. Students interested in joining SOTA are encouraged to contact the SOTA faculty advisor or speak to a SOTA officer.


    Occupying the student body through volunteer services that benefit local communities. Amidst this process, SOTA will reinforce the education of occupational therapy to the public with its perks of continued use.

    The association welcomes all students to join our cause.

  • Pi Theta Epsilon 

    Pi Theta Epsilon is the National Occupational Therapy Honor Society. EMU's OT program is the Epsilon chapter and is a recognized student organization. At the conclusion of the first semester of study in the OT program, grade point averages are calculated and the top 35% of students are invited to join the organization. The focus of the organization is on advancing scholarly activity and service. An induction ceremony is held in the second semester of the program for those students, their families and friends and faculty.

    Members of PTE work together to bring educational opportunities, OT practice resources, leadership training and much more to the EMU OT community and the local community at large. PTE is also heavily involved in the Spelbring Lectureship each year. Members volunteer in a variety of ways, including assisting with preparation, set-up and registration. PTE also sponsors a workshop at Spelbring each year. PTE’s faculty advisor, Dr. Valerie Howells, works with students to invite a leader from our field to speak at a special session about leadership in practice.

    In 2016, we were delighted to hear Dr. Susan Young share about her personal experiences of growth in leadership, and this Fall we are pleased to welcome Carole Hays, MA, OTR (retired), FAOTA and Betty Cox, COTA (retired).  As well, we encourage PTE members and OT students from nearby universities to join us at the Spelbring lecture and conference.

    Pi Theta Epsilon Past Events [PDF]

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Explore this Program

About the Program

Get to know the heart of the OT program by reading the mission, vision and philosophy.

Program Outcomes

See our graduation and National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy pass rates.


Find out advising information and admissions requirements.

Current Students

Learn about the organizations and scholarships for students in the program.

Additional Information

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Get practice before you practice with a required fieldwork placement.

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Conference and Lectureship

The Lyla M. Spelbring Endowed Lectureship And Conference is a long-standing tradition.

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