Announcing the 2019 MOTA Henrietta Price Student Scholarships

This fall, the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA) is accepting applications for its Henrietta Price Student Scholarships. These merit-based awards are available to students who are members of the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association and who have demonstrated promise and commitment to the profession through their experience and knowledge of occupational therapy. Candidates must either be (1) enrolled full-time in a Maryland college or university occupational therapy degree program or (2) a Maryland resident who has the intent to work in Maryland but is enrolled in an out-of-state, accredited occupational therapy degree program. 

In addition to the above criteria, applicants must have completed at least one term or semester of occupational therapy coursework before applying and are required to submit two professional references.

Two $1,000 awards are available: one to an occupational therapy assistant student and one to an occupational therapy student. The application period commences immediately and ends on September 20, 2019.

The selection of the recipients will be based on

  • Completed application
  • Academic performance
  • Experience with occupational therapy services
  • Evidence supporting a genuine commitment to the growth of the profession


The application packet must be submitted in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The scholarship winner(s) will be notified the week of September 23, 2019 and announced at the MOTA conference on October 4, 2019. Award monies will be paid directly to the college or university for the benefit of the student and applied toward the student’s tuition or relevant academic need.

For questions on the program, please contact Derek Piggott, MOTA VP of Awards and Nominations, at

For MOTA membership questions, please email Nicole Powels, MOTA Vice President of Membership, at

Nominations for the 2019 MOTA Recognition Awards

Now is the time to recognize your colleagues for their contributions to the profession of Occupational Therapy. Please take the opportunity to show your appreciation for their dedication and hard work. All nomination criteria must be followed. (Any nominations that do not follow the specified criteria will be rejected.)


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Recognition of an individual who has demonstrated sustained and significant contributions to the profession and/or to the practice of occupational therapy in Maryland over the course of a career. 

Criteria: 1. Minimum of 30 years of experience in OT

2. OT or OTA

3. MOTA member

4. Two letters of recommendation detailing how the contribution has been sustained over time

RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE: Given for outstanding contributions to the field of occupational therapy. This award also recognizes accomplishments in research, education, public relations, recruitment, and administration.

Criteria: 1. OTA or OT

2. MOTA Member

3. Curriculum Vitae or resume

ROSTER OF MERIT: Recognition of a therapist whose knowledge and expertise have made a significant contribution to the advancement of occupational therapy.

Criteria: 1. Minimum of three years of experience

2. OTA or OT

3. MOTA Member

4. Accomplishments in communications and organizational service

5. Nomination must include identification of area of significant contribution

6. Curriculum vitae or resume

PRESIDENTIAL COMMENDATION: Recognition of an individual who has made significant contribution to the field of occupational therapy.

Criteria: From a discipline other than occupational therapy

OUTSTANDING PRACTICE: Recognition of a therapist providing excellent treatment in a clinical setting with demonstration of particular skill in application of theory and techniques. 

Criteria: 1. OTA or OT (MOTA membership is not required)

2. Minimum of two years of experience

EXEMPLARY DEPARTMENT OR PROGRAM AWARD: Recognition of a cohesive department or program that demonstrates accomplishments in program development, quality assurance, communications, and teamwork.

Criteria: 1.OTA, OT, or other disciplines (totaling three or more positions)

2. Majority of OT staff are members of MOTA

EXEMPLARY STUDENT SUPERVISOR: Recognition of an individual who has contributed to the quality of fieldwork education in Maryland.

Criteria: 1. OTA or OT

2. Has directly supervised at least two OTA and /or OT students at Level I or II

3. MOTA member

4. One letter of recommendation (e.g., an academic site, a student, a student committee, colleague, OT director)  

EXEMPLARY FIELDWORK SITE: Recognition of a fieldwork site that has provided high quality, creative, and comprehensive educational opportunities to OT students in Maryland.

Criteria: 1. Fifty percent (50%) of student supervisors must be current MOTA members

2. Must have supervised at least four OT students during the past 5 years, two of which completed their Level II fieldwork in the past 2 years.

3. One letter of recommendation (e.g., an academic site, a student, a student committee, colleague, OT director)