UM Physical Therapy Student Wins National Scholarship

May 10, 2016

MISSOULA - A University of Montana student recently was named the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association's 2016 Minority Scholarship Award. Alyssa Schock, a third-year student in UM's doctorate of physical therapy program, received $5,000.

UM student Alyssa SchockEach year the APTA honors outstanding physical therapy students who demonstrate active participation, potential for superior achievements in the field, academic excellence and appropriate display of professionalism as a future physical therapist. The APTA will recognize Schock and other scholarship winners at a ceremony and reception on Thursday, June 9, in Nashville.

Schock's research at UM focuses on the increased incidence rate of diabetes among Native Americans, specifically on the Flathead Indian Reservation, where her hometown is located. She plans to return home after graduation to practice physical therapy in St. Ignatius.

"Receiving this scholarship has been an honor," Schock said. "Recognition through this scholarship validated my passion for serving my people and the importance of higher education."

"Our faculty members are really excited that Alyssa has been recognized by the APTA," said Jennifer Jeffery Bell, associate director of clinical education in UM's School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. "Alyssa is a true asset to the field of physical therapy and the Native American community. Not only has she worked to improve health care on the Flathead Indian Reservation, but she also serves as a mentor and role model for other Native Americans who are interested in entering the health professions."

Schock is a 1998 graduate of St. Ignatius High School and the daughter of Dr. Jera Stewart of St. Ignatius and Jeff Stewart of Missoula.

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Contact: Jennifer Jeffery Bell, associate director of clinical education, UM School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, 406-243-6827, jennifer.bell@umontana.edu; Alyssa Schock, UM physical therapy student, 406-207-4436, alyssastewart@hotmail.com.