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Emerging Leader Award

AWARD DESCRIPTION (download the .pdf version)

To identify and honor one Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant "emerging leader" within the Ohio chapter of APTA who has demonstrated extraordinary service early in their career. The individual should have made exceptional overall accomplishments and contributions to the APTA, the state and the profession to advance APTA's vision.


A plaque will be presented at the OPTA Annual Recognition Meeting & Luncheon on April 6, 2019. An official announcement of the award will appear in OPTA’s magazine, ACCESS, and will be posted on the OPTA website. 


  1. Nominee must be a member in good standing of the OPTA for at least 5 years (including student membership) and no more than 10 years from formal graduation as a licensed PT or PTA (as of 3/9/2018).
  2. A description of the nominee's contributions to OPTA and/or the PT profession are required.
  3. Contributions must be of outstanding nature.
  4. Explanation of the potential for future contributions to the APTA and/or profession.


  • Complete online submission form to submit your nomination; all nominations must be submitted online, along with one support letter attached to the form.
  • Nominations must be submitted by Friday, March 1, 2019

The nominator is responsible for submitting the following documents

  • One letter of support focusing on the strengths of the nominee in relation to award criteria

Notification of receipt of nomination packet

  • After successful submission of the nomination, the nominator will receive a confirmation email.
  • The Awards Committee Chair will notify the nominator when all required materials have been received and the nomination package is considered complete.
  •  Once the nomination is received, the nominee will be contacted to obtain their Curriculum Vitae/Resume


The Awards Committee Chair will notify the award recipient/nominator pair and those not selected promptly via a formal letter sent on OPTA letterhead.

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