Please join us in congratulating Pardis Esmaeili, DPT candidate, class of 2019, on receiving the American Physical Therapy Minority Scholarship Award!
The APTA Minority Scholarship Award recognizes physical therapy students during their final year of physical therapy school. Pardis is a strong advocate for marginalized, under-represented, and underserved communities. In Pardis' words, personal experiences have "led me to appreciate differences as jewels that invoke strength, resilience and compassion." As a physical therapy student at UCSF, Pardis has been a role model to students, staff, and faculty. Pardis served as the co-chair of this year's UCSF LGBTQIA+ Health Forum. This event is a student-organized program that provides attendees the opportunity to learn more about the health care needs of the LGBTQIA+ community and become better prepared to serve LGBTQIA+ patients in the clinical arena. The purpose of the APTA Minority Scholarship award is to acknowledge and reward demonstrated contributions in the area of minority affairs activities and services, with an emphasis on contributions made while enrolled in their physical therapy education program, the potential for superior achievements in physical therapy, and their academic excellence. Congratulations, Pardis, on this well deserved honor!