The University of Wisconsin-Madison Doctor of Physical Therapy Program invite donors, alumni and friends to contribute to the scholarships and funds within the program. From funding graduate research and fellowships, to supporting our visiting lecturer program or providing financial assistance to a student, our funds offer many ways you can support our program. As always, we appreciate your interest and support.

University of Wisconsin Foundation funds

Physical Therapy General Fund

The Physical Therapy Fund was established to fund graduate research and to be used as a discretionary fund from which the program director can spend. The Physical Therapy Alumni Awards are drawn from this fund and awarded to first-year physical therapy students who serve as Instructional Assistants in Anatomy 622-Human Anatomy and PT 501-Anatomical Applications in Physical Therapy. This fund is supported by gifts from program alumni. Donations to this fund can also be earmarked for faculty endeavors in global health.

Visiting Lecturer Fund

The Visiting Lecture Fund was established through a generous gift by the late Mary Jane Meng, PT, assistant professor emeritus. This fund assists the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in its teaching, research and public service responsibilities by annually inviting qualified physical therapist practitioners to guest lecture.

Margaret A. Kohli Scholarship Fund

The Margaret A. Kohli Scholarship Fund was established with contributions from the friends of Margaret Kohli in honor of her retirement as the director of the UW-Madison Physical Therapy Program, a position she held from 1941 to 1980. This fund annually provides financial assistance to a second-year physical therapy student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and a potential for leadership in the field of physical therapy.

Ridley Family Physical Therapy Scholarship

Lois and Theodore (Ted) Ridley married in 1948 and were life partners for 50 years in the state of Michigan. In 1996, Ted was diagnosed with a serious brain tumor. Their son Gordon then served as Associate Dean for Administration of the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Gordon arranged for Ted to come to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics to have the University's outstanding faculty physicians perform surgery and follow up care. Dr. Robert Dempsey and his colleagues conducted a long, complex surgery followed by a lengthy stay in the hospital including much rehabilitation.

Lois and Ted Ridley were most grateful for the services Ted received and in particular the care and attention of physical therapists. They wanted to recognize the benefit they received, and, acting on their high regard for university education, they established a scholarship for physical therapy students of UW-Madison. They had earlier established a student scholarship at Michigan State University in Lois' name.

Janet Lemke PhD Fund

The Janet Lemke Physical Therapy Fund was created in her memory by her husband to benefit students pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Janet Lemke was an Emeritus Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program.

Gertrude M. Wilkinson Physical Therapy Fund

The Gertrude M. Wilkinson Physical Therapy Scholarship Fund was created with a gift from the estate of Gertrude Marie Wilkinson, a 1938 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program. This fund financially assists students on the Program’s global health trips.

Physical Therapy Student Scholarship Fund

The Physical Therapy Student Scholarship Fund was established to grant financial assistance to physical therapy students.

Other funds

Doctor of Physical Therapy Student Organization General Fund

A donation to the Phi Theta General Fund provides us with the most financial flexibility. Funds can be used to support our community outreach programs like Adopt-a-Highway, raking leaves for area senior citizens, and Habitat for Humanity, or for social events like our annual holiday party.