SCC student, Josh Yancey of Science Hill, wins statewide essay competition | SCC


SCC student, Josh Yancey of Science Hill, wins statewide essay competition

A student currently enrolled in first-year studies in the Somerset Community College Physical Therapist Assistant program has been named the winner of a statewide essay competition and the recipient of a $500.00 scholarship to attend the American Physical Therapy Associations (APTA) Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC this June.

Josh Yancey of Science Hill submitted the winning essay in the Kentucky Physical Therapy Associations (KPTA) Advocacy Essay Competition and will represent Kentucky at the Forum, designed to open doors to future leaders within the physical therapy profession. The contest was open to physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students from programs across the commonwealth. Yancey will meet with national lawmakers to discuss issues relevant to the physical therapy profession and to participate in advocacy activities.

In his essay, Yancey discussed the importance of advocacy and educating elected officials about the role of the physical therapy profession and cited examples of personal achievements and professional accomplishments throughout his life.

Yancey, who graduated from Pulaski County High School in 2010, ranked in the top 5% of his high school graduating class, serves as president of his class and is an active member of the APTA. He has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average and is a co-coordinator for the programs participation in the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge, a national fundraiser for physical therapy research. He has also participated in student recruitment activities and was appointed to the SCC PTA Programs Advisory Board.

Josh is an excellent student, states PTA Program Director Ron Meade. He is academically and technically an excellent student and is highly respected by his peers. I foresee a great future for him. He serves as an excellent role model for high school students who are interested in a career in healthcare. Yancey is scheduled to graduate from the SCC PTA Program in May, 2012. He ultimately plans to obtain a Doctorate of Physical Therapy or attend medical school.

For more information about the SCC PTA Program or the application process, contact the program director at