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VOTA Awards Scholarships

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Occupational Therapy students Robin Urso and Kyla Saby were each awarded scholarships provided by the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA).
Urso was awarded the 2013 Occupational Therapy Graduate Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Saby was awarded the 2013 Barbara Howard Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $400.

The women received the scholarships based on their “commitment and dedication to the profession of occupational therapy and to the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association,” according to a letter from VOTA.

Urso and Saby are invited to attend an awards luncheon as “honored guests” on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at the VOTA Annual Conference in Norfolk, Virginia.

“I am thrilled to have been recognized by VOTA as the best candidate for this scholarship,” Saby said. “I am planning to put this money aside for OT association membership and attending OT conferences throughout the school year.”

Urso said “This scholarship will help to close the gap between my student loans and my cost of attendance, allowing me to focus on my studies instead of worrying about money.  I am truly grateful that the VOTA committee has bestowed this honor on me.”

JMU’s occupational therapy program has yielded many past winners of this prestigious award.

Dr. Jeffrey Loveland, the program director for occupational therapy said, “since the year 2000, 15 JMU occupational therapy program students have been awarded a total of $13,500 in scholarship awards.

“This marks the third occasion (along with 2000 and 2009) that JMU OT students have garnered both VOTA scholarships they were eligible for.”



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