spark definition
The SPARC (Scholarship Program And Recognition Campaign) Scholarship is inspired by its namesake and the sense of liveliness and excitement that therapy students and new graduates bring to Ensign-affiliated facilities and in-house therapy programs. With this scholarship program, we are deliberately seeking out those individuals who ignite a desire for excellence in themselves, their patients, their colleagues and co-workers.

  • $2,000.00 will be awarded to one student each quarter.
  • The criteria will include demonstrated academic performance, volunteer and other extra-curricular activities pertaining to healthcare, academic and character references, and how well the essay portion of the application demonstrates individual excellence.
  • Each scholarship will be awarded to a PT, OT, SLP, PTA or OTA student currently enrolled in an accredited therapy program and within 12 months of graduation.
  • The scholarship funds will be disbursed to the selected student within one month of the application deadline.

The Application (below) must be completed prior to each quarterly deadline.

Q1 – March 20
Q2 – June 20
Q3 – September 20
Q4 – December 20

The Essay must be submitted as part of the application and will be less than 2500 words addressing the following:

How do you envision using your education and training to be a spark in the lives of your patients?

Essay theme examples:

  • How will your passion for learning contribute to your patient’s well- being?
  • How will you be accountable as a therapy professional?
  • If you had freedom from corporate limitations in healthcare, what would you create for your patients?
  • How would you incorporate evidence based practice into your daily routine?

SPARC Application

  • Please enter a value between 0 and 5.
  • (expected graduation date)
  • Name and contact information (email address and phone number) of first academic or fieldwork reference
  • Name and contact information (email address and phone number) of second academic or fieldwork reference
  • Name and contact information (email address and phone number) of third academic or fieldwork reference
  • Service and volunteer activity - healthcare and in your community
  • Poster presentations and research involvement
  • How do you envision using your education and training to be a spark in the lives of your patients? Essay theme examples: (1) How will your passion for learning contribute to your patient’s well- being? (2) How will you be accountable as a therapy professional? (3) If you had freedom from corporate limitations in healthcare, what would you create for your patients? (4) How would you incorporate evidence based practice into your daily routine? (Limit essay to less than 25,000 characters.)