The Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund's Dale Yasukawa Scholarship Program is open to all full-time certificate candidates enrolled in Northwestern University's Prosthetic Orthotic Center (NUPOC). Its chief purpose is to encourage student participation in their local Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. OPAF expects that the $500 award will be used specifically to defray local chapter meeting registration fees and assist in the purchasing of books, supplies, and equipment needed for ongoing studies at NUPOC.
Candidates must be full-time degree candidates enrolled in Northwestern University's Prosthetic Orthotic Center (NUPOC).
To be considered for the award, students must submit the following:
- A package of information that includes a current curriculum vitae (indicating current grade point average and class rank or percentile ranking); and
- A short narrative (no more than two double-spaced pages in length) that describes why she/he is a good candidate for the award. The application narrative should address:
- Financial need;
- School/community/volunteer activities;
- Noteworthy personal and academic achievements and awards and recognitions; and
- Work/internship history
Applications under the current cycle are due no later than May 1.
Complete applications should be sent via email (as attachments either in Microsoft Word format or in Adobe PDF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applications must be complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Note: Please do not send via regular mail any applications, binders, folders, or any permanently bound material. Such material will not be considered and any material received through this avenue cannot be returned.
All applications will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Board of Directors of the Fund.
The successful applicant in the current funding cycle will be expected to offer OPAF a short narrative (at least two double-spaced pages in length) about their experiences at their local Chapter AAOP meeting. This essay will appear on a special page set aside on the OPAF web site to recognize the student's professional accomplishments and experiences in O&P.
All successful applicants will also be responsible for keeping their own receipts and financial records for any reporting required in compliance with Internal Revenue Service guidelines as stated in IRS Publication 520 "Scholarships and Fellowships." A copy of this document is available for download (PDF). (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this document. If you do not have this program installed on your browser, you can download it here for free.)