SCC student named recipient of 2017 Mary McMillan Scholarship Award
A student currently enrolled in second-year studies in the Somerset Community College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program has been given a scholarship award that is considered to be the top in the nation.
Leah Huber Wright, of Lexington, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Mary McMillan Scholarship Award by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Wright will be presented the award at the APTA Conference in Boston, Massachusetts in June. The award includes a $3,000 scholarship.
The Mary McMillan Scholarship Award honors Mary McMillan, a dedicated pioneer of physical therapy in the United States and abroad, the founding President of the APTA and an esteemed teacher. The intent of the award is to recognize students who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contribution. Awards are made on a competitive basis and recipients are selected based upon superior scholastic performance, past productivity, evidence of potential contribution to physical therapy and service to the APTA. It is regarded as the top award presented to physical therapist assistant students nationally.
In 2016, Wright also received the highest honor presented within SCC’s PTA Program when she was named the recipient of the James H. Anderson Award. This award is especially meaningful as it is peer-selected and based upon the expectation that the recipient will make a significant and lasting impact upon the physical therapy profession.
Wright, who previously attended the University of Kentucky, serves as vice-president of her class and of SCC’s Physical Therapy Student Organization. She is a peer mentor and tutor, is an active member of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (KPTA), and was named to the 2016 KPTA/RehabCare All-Academic Team. She attended the 2016 KPTA Conclave and participated in the KPTA’s Day of Service through coordinating activities to assist a local homeless shelter. She has coordinated fundraisers for the Foundation for Physical Therapy and is a member of the APTA’s Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and the Orthopaedic Section.
Wright has been active within the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and was recognized nationally in 2017 as the recipient of the APTA’s Outstanding PTA Student Award by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
“Leah has been very successful in combining academics and service,” said PTA Program Director Ron Meade. “She has worked very hard and is deserving of this recognition.” Wright’s nomination was supported by classmates Tabitha Drury and Janel Northington and program faculty members Ron Meade and Steve Hammons.
Wright is the ninth SCC PTA student to be recognized with the award. Past winners include: Travis Dills of Somerset; Courtney Watts of Kings Mountain; Samantha Grubb of Barbourville; Debora Lasure of Stanford; Josh Yancey of Science Hill; Chris Garland of Burkesville; Valarie Cooper of Jamestown; and Jeff Buis of Liberty.
Wright will graduate from the SCC PTA Program this May. She is the daughter of Joe and Kathy Huber of Campbellsville. She plans to work as a PTA in the Lexington area following graduation.