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2008 Frieda J. Behlen Scholarship Award Recipients Announced

The Frieda J. Behlen Occupational Therapy Scholarship Committee is happy to announce the 2008 scholarship recipients - Bridget Burke and Gloria Juarez.  Bridget and Gloria have been selected to receive the $2,500 awards for the summer 2008 semester.  In applying for the scholarship, both second-year students demonstrated superior academic achievement as well as financial need.

Bridget Burke became interested in occupational therapy at a young age when she saw first-hand the improvements therapy brought about in her baby brother.  During her time as an undergraduate and also at NYU, Bridget has traveled to different parts of the country on various service project trips.  After graduation, she plans to continue volunteering her time, particularly in locations overseas where rehabilitative services are not readily available.  She is exploring many different areas of practice to determine which one she is best suited for and which population she can help most.

Gloria Juarez came to occupational therapy after deciding against continuing a career in the finance industry.  Determined to find a profession that she was passionately interested in, she settled on occupational therapy after recalling how beneficial it had been to her sister.  After volunteering at a hand therapy clinic and a pediatric rehabilitation center, she has found pediatrics to be her true calling.  Gloria believes that pediatric therapy provides an opportunity for the lifelong betterment of the patient, as well as professional fulfillment for the therapist.

The Behlen Scholarship is an endowed fund created principally by gifts from NYU OT alumni.  Income generated by the endowment is given to two students annually.  The award takes the form of a tuition credit applied toward summer courses because summer student financial aid is generally not available.