Centennial Scholar Program

The APTA Centennial Scholars Program is designed to build a cadre of future association leaders at both the state and national levels. Demonstrating APTA’s investment in the sustainability of the association as it begins its next 100 years, the program will support our collective quest for a diverse and prepared leadership pool.

The 12-month program will run throughout 2021 with a goal of engaging 100 scholars, including the goal of at least one scholar sponsored by each of APTA’s chapters, sections, and academies. APTA Nebraska will be covering all of the expenses associated with the program for our selected scholar, a value of over $4000. The curriculum will cover association leadership and management topics and be delivered through three face-to-face meetings and regularly scheduled virtual learning experiences. Additionally, scholars will work directly with their sponsoring chapter to design and complete a capstone project that addresses an existing need as determined by the sponsor. Scholars will also benefit from the guidance of Centennial Scholar mentors who will work directly with the scholars in small groups to support the completion of their projects.

So, who is our Nebraska scholar? 

Member Spotlight

Katie Jo Shalon

I am a physical therapist with experience in multiple fields of care including acute care, ICU, acute rehab, LTACH, aquatics, outpatient neurology, vestibular rehab, telehealth, travel therapy, and general orthopedics.
I am eager to learn and grow into my professional and personal goals including leadership and business opportunities. I believe the APTA Centennial Scholar program will be an irreplaceable experience to grow as a PT and as a leader. I am excited for the opportunity to share information with other APTA Nebraska members and co-workers helping us all reach for higher achievements.
I believe the work physical therapists do has the potential to change the world and the lives of many. I have many ideas and goals for the future and am yearning to grow in both my leadership and management skills.