Academy of Neurologic PT Endowment Fund
The Academy of Neurologic PT continues to lead the profession in supporting doctoral training for neurologic physical therapists. The Academy has financially supported doctoral training awards in the past and at the same time has honored two extraordinary Academy members, Mary Lou Barnes and Patricia Leahy.
The Mary Lou Barnes Adopt-A-Doc award was originated in 1993 after Dr. Barnes suggested during her Mary McMillan lecture that doctoral training needed to be supported by members. The Patricia Leahy award was begun in 1995 to further support doctoral education. Beginning 2001, the Academy has partnered with the Foundation for Physical Therapy to administer our scholarships within the Foundation DOCS program.
A fund to endow the two scholarships was developed by the Academy through the Foundation for Physical Therapy. We have achieved our goal of fully endowing the fund. Future awards will be self-sustaining, no longer requiring the Academy budget to reflect the expenses. The Foundation is the perfect mechanism to set up our endowment because it is a professional organization with experts in managing large funds. Members are encouraged to continue to pledge to the endowment and to route regular Foundation contributions to the Academy of Neurologic PT Scholarship Endowment.