Occupational Therapy Scholarship Opportunities

Henry and Marsha Laufer Student Scholarships

Henry and Marsh Laufer are two former Stony Brook distinguished faculty from the Department of Mathematics and the (former) School of Allied Health Professions who provide generous philanthropy, leadership, and commitment to many people and campus organizations for over 40 years. The Henry and Marsha Laufer Scholarship is awarded to full-time matriculated students in degree-granting programs in the School of Health Professions. Occupational Therapy student scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, community or professional service, and commitment to professional goals. The scholarship application will be provided to students while they are enrolled in the OT program and have completed 1 full year in the program.

The OT program will offer four scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000. One scholarship will be awarded to a third-year student, a second-year student, a first-year student and an applicant to the Occupational Therapy Program. Financial aid may be taken into account by submission of a FAFSA.

Eligibility Criteria:
Be currently enrolled as a full-time student in good academic standing in the Occupational Therapy Program; have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0; submit a completed application by the June deadline. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship or application process, please contact Jessica Rotolo at (631) 444-6870 or Jessica.Rotolo@stonybrook.edu.


American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF)

The 2023-2024 AOTF Scholarship Cycle will open August 28, 2023. More details coming soon Over 50 scholarships are available from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and state occupational therapy associations. Applicants complete only one online form to apply for all qualifying scholarships.  See How to Apply for eligibility requirements.

For more information, please visit: https://www.aotf.org/Scholarships/Available-Scholarships

Questions?  View FAQ's or contact scholarships@aotf.org or 240-292-1125.

The Sherrie Glasser Mayrsohn, Metro Occupational Therapy Scholarship

The Sherrie Glasser Mayrsohn, Metro Occupational Therapy Scholarship was created by Michael Mayrsohn who is a member of Stony Brook’s Physical Therapy Class of 2012.  The Scholarship is in honor of Michael’s mother, Sherrie Glasser Mayrsohn.  Michael and Sherrie are both Owners and Directors of Metro Physical and Aquatic Therapy.  As of 2021, Metro Physical and Aquatic Therapy has 15 locations across Long Island and has expanded their practice to include Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and Mental Health services.

Sherrie Glasser Mayrsohn, PT, MS, is widely known across her profession as being an expect in orthopedic, sports and geriatric physical therapy.  Sherrie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy at Stony Brook University in 1977 and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy at the Institute of Graduate Health Sciences in Atlanta, Georgia.  Sherrie is an active member of ASSET (American Society for Shoulder & Elbow Therapists) and AIPT (American Independent Physical Therapy), the American Physical Therapy Association and the Northeast Women’s Health Student Group.  Sherrie has a great passion for working with the geriatric population, incorporating senior wellness, golf fitness and fall prevention.

Because of the Mayrsohn family’s exceptional affinity to Stony Brook, they have decided to establish a named scholarship to support deserving students in the Occupational Therapy program. 

Award Amount

Up to $10,000 per year in scholarship support to an Occupational Therapy program student.

Eligibility Criteria

The Sherrie Glasser Mayrsohn, Metro Occupational Therapy Scholarship will be awarded to a graduate student in the School of Health Professions Occupational Therapy program.  Students who are eligible to apply for and receive the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

A.    Be enrolled full-time as a graduate student in the School of Health Professions Occupational Therapy program as defined by Stony Brook University;

B.    Demonstrate good academic achievement as defined by Stony Brook policy;

C.    Preference given to students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services based upon completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

a.     For graduate students who receive other donor-funded scholarships or other institutional support (such as tuition waivers), this may be used to support non-tuition expenses as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, so long as it does not exceed the recipient(s) total cost of attendance.

b.    Non-tuition expenses typically include room and board, insurance, student fees, travel, books and supplies, personal expenses or other common non-tuition expenses as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.

D.    Additional preference given to first year graduate students, with the goal of renewing the Scholarship for all three years of the student’s participation in the Occupational Therapy program.

Scholarship application link will be posted when the next application is active in July 2023. Tentatively, link will be active July 1, 2023, with an application deadline date of July 31, 2023.

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship or application process, please contact Jessica Rotolo at (631) 444-6870 or Jessica.Rotolo@stonybrook.edu.

NYS AHEC Scholars Program

The NYS AHEC Scholars Program is a two-year, interdisciplinary program with a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based training activities. All experiential or clinical training will be conducted in rural and/or medically disadvantaged settings throughout New York State. Utilizing a hybrid model of in-person experiences and online modules participants will gain in-depth training on topics designed to augment patient care, such as cultural competency, social determinants of health, practice transformation, behavioral health integration, and interprofessional care coordination. The overarching goal of the AHEC Scholars Program is for students to gain a valuable understanding about the numerous social and cultural factors that influence an individual’s overall health and their ability to access quality care. By exposing students to social, financial, and cultural issues of care, this program aims to support the development of future healthcare professionals who are able to provide high-quality, patient-centric care to all members of their community.


Individuals interested in participating in the NYS AHEC Scholars Program must:
  • Be currently matriculated into an accredited allied health or health professional degree/certificate program;
  • Be able to devote a minimum of 2 hours per week throughout the duration of the two-year program;
  • Be interested in improving health quality for all individuals, regardless of background

AHEC Scholars Program Requirements:

  • Each AHEC Scholar will be a part of an interprofessional team of students. Participants will be expected to will work with a core group of patients to identify issues associated with social determinants of health, and propose potential solutions that will ultimately reduce the number of avoidable hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Each AHEC Scholar will be required to complete 40 hours of community-based experiential training per year.
  • Additionally, each AHEC Scholar will be required to complete an online curriculum that address topics designed to augment patient care, including cultural competency, practice transformation, behavioral health integration, and interprofessional care coordination. Each AHEC Scholar will be required to complete 40 hours of didactic education per year.

To apply:  https://nysahec.org/our-programs/new-nys-ahec-scholars-program/

The Henry and Marsha Laufer Scholarship


HIE Help Center—Scholarship for Physical and Occupational Therapy Students

Each year, the HIE Help Center awards $1,000 to a student pursuing a career in physical or occupational therapy. This is open to graduate-level students and can be awarded to someone currently in a PT program or planning to enroll in one. Applicants must submit an essay detailing what drew them to the field.

View details and apply for the HIE Help Center scholarship

Exxat Student Scholarship

The Exxat team is proud to support all aspects of health sciences education, including the students who are the future of healthcare. This year, we are awarding a scholarship in the amount of $1000 to four (4) students who exemplify excellence in Scholarly Productivity, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, and Care for Underserved Communities.2025-2026 applications will be available in March, 2025. 


Edmund J. McTernan Scholarship

This award is open to both graduate and undergraduate students in health sciences education. Awards vary and are based on both highest overall grade point average and financial need. This award is named in memory of the founding Dean of the school, the late Edmund J. McTernan Sr. and awarded by the office of the Dean.


Arthur W. Pense Scholarship

The Arthur W. Pense Scholarship is presented annually to physical or occupational therapy degree program students. The scholarship is paid in installments of $1,500.00 per semester for any year the student is enrolled in college. To apply: https://www.petersons.com/scholarship/arthur-w-pense-scholarship-111_21…