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Travis Dills Receives National Scholarship For Outstanding Student Performance while at SCC

Travis DillsTravis Dills, of Somerset, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Mary McMillan Scholarship Award by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Dills is in his second year of studies in the Somerset Community College (SCC) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program. He will be presented the award at a ceremony at the APTA National Convention and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee in June. The award includes a $3000 scholarship.

Dills was also recognized nationally in 2016 as the recipient of the APTAs Outstanding PTA Student Award recipient in the fields of geriatrics and orthopaedics and also represented Kentucky at the Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC, where he met with legislators to discuss issues important to the physical therapy profession.

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.

Dills has been active within the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has served as vice-chair of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Associations (KPTA) Student Special Interest Group and was a member of the KPTAs All-Academic Team in 2015.

In addition, Dills has served as the president of his class and was appointed to the PTA Program's Advisory Board by the college president. He has maintained a cumulative grade point average of 4.0, has been named to the Deans List and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honorary. He attended SCC as the recipient of the Mattie Helen Elliott Scholarship. He is employed by the Total Rehab Center of Somerset and is a fitness trainer at Club Fit.

Travis has excelled in his courses while enrolled in the program, said PTA Program Director Ron Meade. He has worked very hard and is deserving of this recognition. Dills nomination was supported by classmate Chris Kent.

Dills is the eighth SCC PTA student to be recognized with the award. Past winners include: Courtney Watts of Kings Mountain; 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.

Dills will graduate from the SCC PTA Program this May. He is the son of Mike and Sharon Dills of Somerset. He plans to further his education by obtaining a doctor of physical therapy degree or enrolling in medical school.

For more information about the SCC PTA Program, please contact the director of the program at ron.meade@kctcs.edu.