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SCC student named APTA National Student of the Year

May 11, 2017

lindsay bowen outside by a treeLindsay Bowen, a recent graduate of the Somerset Community College (SCC) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program, has been named the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Student Assembly’s Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Student Award for 2017.

The criteria for the coveted award includes academic and clinical performance, community service and contributions to the physical therapy profession. SCC PTA faculty members Ron Meade and Steve Hammons supported her nomination.

Bowen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Kentucky. She serves as Philanthropy Chair of her 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, Bowen 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 graduated from the SCC PTA Program in May. She resides in Lexington and is the daughter of Junior and Velma Bowen of Dry Ridge, Kentucky.

Bowen will receive the award at the APTA NEXT Conference in Boston, Massachusetts in June. She is the tenth SCC student to win the award. SCC graduates who have won the award in the past include: Courtney Watts of Kings Mountain, 2015; Briana Allen of Monticello in 2014; Debbie Lasure of Stanford in 2013; Melissa Keith of Columbia in 2012; Erin Green of Danville in 2011; Valarie Cooper of Jamestown in 2010; Rod Edwards of Somerset in 2009; Bethany Gosser of Liberty in 2008; and Heather Tuel of Somerset in 2007.

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