Travis Dills and Senator Mitch McConnell in Washington
A student currently enrolled in second-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 scholarship to represent Kentucky at the American
Physical Therapy Associations (APTA) Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C.
Travis Dills of Somerset submitted the winning essay in the Kentucky Physical Therapy
Associations (KPTA) Advocacy Essay Competition and represented 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
the programs from across the Commonwealth. Dills met with national lawmakers to discuss
issues relevant to the physical therapy profession and to participate in advocacy
Specific items discussed at the forum were: the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation
Services Act and the repeal of the therapy cap for outpatient rehabilitation services;
the Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act; the Safe Play Act and concussion
management; and the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act.
Dills 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 has participated in the programs
participation in the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge, a national fundraiser for physical
therapy research. He has also been appointed to the SCC PTA Programs Advisory Board.
Travis is just an excellent student, said PTA Program Director Ron Meade. He is one
of those students who is academically and technically strong, is well-respected by
his peers and has great leadership potential. He will make a significant and lasting
impact upon our profession, I believe. We are extremely proud to have him in our program.
Dills is the son of Mike and Sharon Dills of Somerset. He is scheduled to graduate
with an Associate of Applied Science Degree from the PTA Program in May, 2016.
For more information about the SCC PTA Program or the application process, contact
the programs director at email@example.com