A student currently enrolled in second-year studies in the Somerset Community College
Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program[BROKEN LINK]
has been named the recipient of the 2015 Mary McMillan Scholarship Award by the American
Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Courtney Carpenter Watts of Kings Mountain will
be presented the award at a ceremony at the APTA National Convention and Exposition
in National Harbor, Maryland 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.
Watts has been active within the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a member
of the Orthopaedic and Research Sections and is a member of the Academy of Geriatric
Physical Therapy. She has co-authored educational brochures related to geriatric concerns
and has attended several national conferences. She was named to the 2014 Kentucky
Physical Therapy Associations All-Academic Team.
In addition, Watts has served as the president of SCCs chapter of Phi Theta Kappa
International Honor Society and was named Kentuckys New Century Scholar in 2014, recognizing
her as the states top community college student. She was a member of the 2014 KCTCS
All-Academic Team, was selected to serve as a Forward in the Fifth student delegate,
and received a leadership award from SCC.
Courtney has been an excellent student and demonstrates a desire to perform at her
highest capabilities in all she attempts, said PTA Program Director Ron Meade. She
has been an excellent student and will be an asset to the physical therapy profession
and her community.
Watts nomination was supported by PTA program faculty members Dr. Ron Meade, Dr. Steve
Hammons and Claudette Prather, and by classmate Kristy Hyden.
Watts is the seventh SCC PTA student to be recognized with the award. Past winners
include: 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.
Carpenter will graduate from the SCC PTA Program this May. She is married to Brad
Watts and is the daughter of Scotty and Dana Southerland of Danville. She plans to
work at James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg after graduating.
For more information about the SCC PTA Program, please contact the director of the
program at firstname.lastname@example.org