Occupational Therapy Assistant Guide

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COTA Scholarship for Occupational Therapy Assistants

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Scholarship for Occupational Therapist Assistants


Scholarship Info: Here is a quick summary of the most important scholarship details:

  • Scholarship Amount: $500
  • Recipients: 1 annually
  • Deadline: 12/1/16
  • Requirements: COTA Student, essay 1,000 words minimum (Question & submission instructions Below)
  • Application: email essay to,  the.ota.guide [@] gmail.com
  • Winners: Follow us for when we announce winners, Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Google + & we will notify the winner via email

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The Occupational Therapy profession is experiencing a huge increase in demand. In an effort to encourage more bright students down the path to becoming a COTA to help serve this increase in demand, we created this scholarship for COTA students. Each year we will award one COTA student with a $500 scholarship. Any students studying or enrolling in an ACOTE Accredited OTA program are eligible for this scholarship. All you need to do to apply is to write an essay answering the following question:

Essay Question:
Using your talent and education, what is your plan to improve the world? What career and personal goals have you made for yourself, and why?

Applications/Submissions: Please email essays (1,000 words minimum) to:  the.ota.guide [@] gmail.com
Please include your first and last name with your submission along with the name of the OTA school you are attending or accepted at.

Winners: We will notify the winner via email and announce winners on social media, so make sure to follow us!
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Tips for Success

We are hoping aspiring COTA students, who are clearly passionate about OT, will be applying for this scholarship as that is who we are looking for. Someone with a vision for their career in occupational therapy. If you’ve already made strides or efforts offering any therapy, care taking, or assisting services, volunteer or paid, then please mention them in your submission. Any resume highlights should be included in your resume, educational as well.

Questions and Essay Submissions

Please email us with scholarship inquiries and essay submissions at: the.ota.guide [@] gmail.com


Complete COTA Scholarship Details

General Info

Scholarship award amount: $500
Total number of awards available: 1

Deadline & Fees

Application deadline: December 1st, 2016
Notification date: January 16th, 2017
Application fee, if any: Free

Application Submission

Application: Essay (1,000 word minimum)
Submit essay answers via email to: the.ota.guide [@] gmail.com

Essay Question

Using your talent and education, what is your plan to improve the world? What career and personal goals have you made for yourself, and why?

Eligibility Requirements

Residency: Anywhere in the U.S.
Career and/or college major interest(s): Occupational Therapy Assistant
Current academic year of applicant: Must be enrolled in college
Age of applicant (minimum/maximum): No age requirement
Academic achievement: Enrolled OTA student (Students starting 1st semester are eligible)
Financial need: No requirement
Minority status: No requirement
Marital status: No requirement
Military status (including branch of service): No requirement
Nationality/citizenship: No requirement
International student: No requirement
Race: No requirement
Ethnic background: No requirement
Gender: No requirement
Sexual orientation: No requirement
Religious affiliation: No requirement
Disability: No requirement
Membership in organization: No requirement
Corporate/employer relationship: No requirement


1) Click on any schools below to learn more about their programs
2) Under “Program of Interest” choose “Occupational Therapy Assistant” or another degree of interest