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SCC Physical Therapist Assistant program announces outstanding PTA student award

megan trimbleA 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 2018.  Megan Trimble of Bowling Green will receive the award at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana in February.  Trimble is the eleventh SCC student who has won the award.  Past recipients include: Lindsay Bowen, Lexington; 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. 

Trimble  holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Western Kentucky University. She serves as Treasurer of her class and the Physical Therapy Student Organization and is a peer mentor and tutor.  She is an active member of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (KPTA) and attended the 2017 KPTA Conclave and the APTA’s National Student Conclave in 2016 and 2017.

Trimble 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; volunteering for causes including the Special Olympics and faith-related projects; and participating in activities to support research through the Foundation for Physical Therapy.

The nomination was supported by program faculty members Steve Hammons and Ron Meade and by program students Ashley Evans and Sarah Stamper.

Trimble is the daughter of Steve and Melony Atwell of Bowling Green and is married to Jordyn Trimble.  She is expected to graduate with an Associates of Applied Science Degree from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program in May, 2018. 

For more information about the SCC PTA Program, contact the director at