Alumni Funds

Frieda J. Behlen Occupational Therapy Scholarship

The Frieda J. Behlen Occupational Therapy Scholarship Fund was initiated to honor the memory of Frieda J. Behlen, founder and longtime chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at NYU. Many of you have joined in our efforts and responded positively to our appeals.

Thanks to alumni support, we are proud to have been able to create an endowment fund. This has enabled us to draw upon the earned income from the fund award scholarships, while leaving the principal intact for future years. To date, almost $90,000 in scholarship funding has been awarded for tuition aid during the summer semester, a time when other financial aid is reduced.

The initial Behlen Scholarship was a $1,000 award per recipient. With the growth of the endowment's principal, we have been able to gradually increase this amount to $3,000. Our hope is that, through your generosity, we will be able to further increase the size and number of these awards.

 Deborah R. Labovitz Occupational Therapy Enhancement Fund

The Deborah R. Labovitz Occupational Therapy Enhancement Fund honors the memory of Dr. Labovitz as a teacher and leader during her twenty-year service as Chair of the Department. The fund will enable the Department to allocate resources for enrichment projects that encourage innovation and growth in the field of occupational therapy, the legacy of Dr. Labovitz. The fund will provide the impetus for supplemental activities that will enhance the professional and academic growth of the Department for the benefit of current students, faculty, alumni, and the larger occupational therapy community.

To Make a Gift 

To achieve the goals of these funds, we invite your participation. There are two easy ways to contribute:

By check:

Make checks payable to the name of the fund for which you gift is designated and mail to:

NYU Steinhardt Department of Occupational Therapy
82 Washington Square East, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Online by credit card:

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