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Somerset Community College Student Named 2015 McMillan Scholarship Award Recipient, Receives $3,000 Scholarship

CCarpenterA 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 ron.meade@kctcs.edu.