Ohio Recreational Therapy Association

ORTA Future Professional Support Scholarship

The purpose of the ORTA Future Professional Support Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to recent graduates and new professionals who are seeking NCTRC certification status or those who have taken the exam this year. Please review the award eligibility and criteria before submitting your application.  The scholarship will cover the application fee only totaling $125 and will be provided as a reimbursement to the scholarship winner. 

Watch this PowerPoint for more information on the scholarship and benefits of student membership: Scholarship Award PP.pptx


To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:

• Demonstrate critical financial need

• Be currently a senior student or 2022 college graduate

• Have a cummulative GPA of 2.8 or higher

• Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue a career as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)

• Had applied or is planning to apply for the CTRS exam this year (Spring/Summer/Fall 2022)

• Be a current ORTA Member Cost $10

* Please reach out to ORTA if you need financial assistance with member fee


The scholarship will be granted based on the following criteria:

• Typed Essay (up to 3 pages) or Recorded Video (up to 8 minutes)

o Must address the following:

o Why do you think you should be considered for the scholarship?

o What population and setting are you interested in serving as a CTRS? (Can be currently and/or future interests)

o Tell us about yourself (What have you pursued since graduation, what are your leisure interests, what are your professional strengths)

• Reference

o Provide contact information for one professional reference (recent internship supervisor preferred)

• Completion of the application

Applications due Monday, September 5, 2022 to ohiorta@gmail.com. Please put Scholarship Application in the email subject line. 

Download: ORTA Scholarship Award Application Fall 2022.pdf

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