Scholarship Information

CFOT awards scholarships to occupational therapy students and traineeships for occupational therapy assistant students.
CFOT is pleased to announce that up to twenty scholarships will be awarded annually. These scholarships are for occupational therapy students who are:

  • California residents planning on working in California upon completion of their degree.
  • Enrolled in an OT program at a university in this state, completed at least one term with a 3.0 GPA or better, and
  • Members of the Occupational Therapy Association of California.


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The scholarship committee selects students for the named scholarships.
Those who have received an entry level scholarship award from CFOT in the past, are allowed to apply for a post professional graduate level scholarship.

  • Click here to view the guidelines for the Entry Level Master’s Degree Scholarship.
  • Click here to view the guidelines for Entry Level Doctorate Degree Scholarship.
  • Click here to view the guidelines for the Post Professional Graduate Degree Scholarship.

CFOT Scholarship Awards


  • Knox-Hirsch OTR Scholarship-Pediatrics $2,000
  • Linda Florey Scholarship $2,000
  • Fred Sammons Scholarship $2,000
  • Jaffe Scholarship $2,000
  • Karen Polastri Scholarship-Autism $2,000
  • Ascend’s OT Excellence Scholarship $2,000


  • Janice Matsutsuyu Scholarships $2,000 (2 awarded annually)

  • Lisa Test Scholarship $3,000

  • Michelle Berro-In Memory of Mary Ann Epstein Scholarship $2,000

  • Dorothy (Dottie) Wilson Scholarship $2,000

  • Jaynee Tagushi Meyer Scholarship $2,000

  • Margaret (Meg) Mitani Moss & Gaylord E. Moss Scholarship $2,000

  • Cunningham Herwood Scholarship $2,000

  • Frank J. Biehl Opportunity Scholarship $2,000

  • Ardith Breton Scholarship $2,000

  • Chuck Strauch Scholarship $2,000

  • Wilma West Scholarship $2,000

  • In Memorium Scholarship $2,000


Accredited California Schools with OT Professional Degree Programs

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If you are downloading an application, please consider your level of education (i.e. entry level or OTR in a graduate program seeking an advanced degree) to assure you use the appropriate application.

Important: Annual deadline to submit all scholarship applications is:

  • Entry level-March 31
  • Post professional-March 31

Everything needs to be submitted together via email in one PDF file to:

Students who have received a CFOT Master’s Entry Level Scholarship are not eligible for a Doctorate Entry Level Scholarship; however students with work experience as an OTR/L who go bac to school for an advanced level are eligible for a Post Professional Level Scholarship.


If you need further information, please contact our Scholarship Co-Chairs:
Laura Weiss
Winifred Schultz-Krohn

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