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SCC Physical Therapist Assistant Student Wins National Award

Lindsay Bowen pta studentA student currently enrolled in second-year studies in the Somerset Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program has been named the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Orthopaedic Section’s Outstanding PTA Student Award for 2017. Lindsay Bowen, of Lexington, will receive the award at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, Texas in February. Bowen is the tenth SCC student who has won the award. Past recipients include: Travis Dills, Somerset; Kristy Hyden, Prestonsburg; Samantha Grubb, Barbourville; Bethany Smahaj, Winchester; Glenn Trail, Lexington; Chris Garland, Burkesville; Valarie Cooper, Jamestown; Barry Buchignani, Lexington; and Isaac Mills, Corbin.

Bowen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Kentucky. She serves as philanthropy chair of her PTA class and is a peer mentor and tutor. She is an active member of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (KPTA) where she serves as Director of the KPTA’s Student Special Interest Group. In 2016, she was named to the KPTA All-Academic Team.

At SCC, Bowne is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honorary and the Physical Therapy Student Organization. She is also the recipient of the KCTCS Presidential Scholarship.

Bowen has been active in a number of charitable and community service activities including raising awareness of homeless issues through conducting food and clothing drives for a local homeless shelter; fundraising for causes including the Special Olympics and ALS research; and participating in activities to support research through the Foundation for Physical Therapy.

Bowen’s nomination for this award was supported by program faculty members Steve Hammons and Ron Meade, and by program students Leah Wright and Tabitha Drury.

Bowen is the daughter of Junior and Velma Bowen of Dry Ridge. She is expected to graduate with an Associates of Applied Science Degree from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program in May.

For more information about the SCC PTA Program, contact the director at ron.meade@kctcs.edu.