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SCC Student Named Recipient of Two Major National Awards

Published on May 31, 2019

molly daltonA student recently enrolled in the Somerset Community College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program has been named the recipient of the 2019 Mary McMillan Scholarship and the APTA Student Assembly’s Outstanding PTA Student Award by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  Molly Dalton of Richmond will be presented the award at a ceremony at the APTA NEXT Conference in Chicago, Illinois in June.

Molly Dalton is the 2019 recipient of the Mary McMillan Scholarship and the APTA Student Assembly’s Outstanding Student Award.  She will receive the award at the APTA NEXT Conference in Chicago, Illinois in June.

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.

The criteria for the APTA Student Assembly Outstanding Student Award include academic and clinical performance, community service and contributions to the physical therapy profession.  The award is especially significant, as recipients are peer-selected. The nominations were supported by Justin Loss, who served as Dalton’s clinical instructor, PTA faculty members Ron Meade and Steve Hammons, and PTA student Jennifer Cartwright.

Dalton served as the president of SCC’s Physical Therapy Student Organization, was a peer mentor, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honorary.  In 2017, she was elected to a national post for the APTA’s Student Assembly Board of Directors as the Director of Student PTA Relations. In this role, she also served as the Inter-professional Collaboration Project Committee Liaison and as a liaison to both the Aquatics and Acute Care Sections.  Ms. Dalton has attended numerous state and national conferences and represented Kentucky at the Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, where she met with legislators about topics specific to the physical therapy profession.  

Dalton has participated in many community service activities, including the Alzheimer’s Association, the Longest Day Committee, Kentucky Special Olympics, Girl Scouts, the Arthritis Foundation, and the American Red Cross.  She is also a member of the Madison County Beekeeper’s Association. She received SCC’s Student Leadership Award in 2018.

“Molly is very highly regarded at the national level and was engaged in our professional association on so many levels,” states PTA Program Director, Dr. Ron Meade.  “We are very proud of her many accomplishments and know that she will continue to be a leader in the physical therapy profession.”

Dalton, who holds a prior degree in Exercise Science from the University of Louisville, graduated from the SCC PTA Program in May. 

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