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2012 Frieda J. Behlen Scholarship Award Recipients Announced

The NYU Steinhardt Department of Occupational Therapy is pleased to announce the 2012 Frieda J. Behlen Occupational Therapy scholarship recipients- Teresa Nydegger and Amanda Waynick. These two outstanding students have each been selected to receive a $2,500 tuition award for the summer 2012 semester.

Teresa Nydegger entered the Occupational Therapy program at NYU with an interest in working with an older adult population, a desire she formed while earning her Bachelor of Science degree at Truman State University. While at NYU, she has submersed herself in opportunities to further her own knowledge of Occupational Therapy, as well as that of others, including being her class’ representative for the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, manning a display table to teach others and to promote the Profession, and volunteering at a local tennis center to introduce children with special needs to the sport. The culmination of her experiences has led her to focus on outpatient orthopedics and/or inpatient acute rehabilitation. She hopes to have an impact on the field of Occupational Therapy by concurrently performing research while developing herself as a professional.

Amanda Waynick has maintained an interest in pediatric and geriatric Occupational Therapy since she first began volunteering in various OT settings while attending the University of Tennessee. After starting NYU’s program, she has worked hard to take advantage of several opportunities, including her various fieldwork placements in an outpatient hand clinic, an early intervention school, outpatient pediatrics, a mental health day program, and an acute care neurology inpatient floor. She spent a summer teaching at the Rebecca School for children with autism and has helped to spearhead fundraising efforts of the Department to send students to the annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. While she keeps an open mind about her future in the field, she hopes to continue working with adult and pediatric populations until she settles into home care.

The Frieda J. Behlen Occupational Therapy Scholarship is an endowed fund created principally by gifts from alumni of the occupational therapy programs at New York University. Income generated by the endowment is awarded annually to students who demonstrate superior academic achievement as well as financial need. With growth in the fund's balance from new gifts, the amount given out has been able to increase and will continue to do so. The award takes the form of a tuition aid applied towards summer courses. Professional Program second year and Post-Professional Programs students are eligible to apply.

The fund was named to honor the memory of Frieda J. Behlen, founder and longtime chair of NYU's Department of Occupational Therapy. Ms. Behlen was known for never hesitating to find monies, even if from her own pocketbook, to enable deserving students to complete their studies.

To contribute to this and other Department of Occupational Therapy funds please visit http://www.nyu.edu/giving/.