Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

DPT Emergency Fund
‌Dr. Michelle Lusardi, Professor Emerita of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has established a fund titled: DPT Emergency Fund for‎ Doctor of Physical Therapy students. The fund will provide emergency assistance to students who need help with emergency situations such as: travel costs associated with clinical sites, family emergency travel, rent support and unexpected burdensome costs to be considered.

Over the 13 years that she taught at SHU her experiences with students led her to recognize the need for such a fund. Her deep commitment to the DPT program and the success of its students, led her to establish the fund upon her retirement.

We would like to invite all MSPT and DPT alumni and others in the physical therapy community to contribute to the growth of the fund so that it will sustain itself. All contributions are tax deductible and donors will be acknowledged as members of the College’s Leadership Society. If you are interested in making a contribution to the fund, click here to donate online, or please contact Dr. Michael Emery at 203-365-7656 or for more information.
  • Make an online donation to the DPT Emergency Fund using your credit card
  • Or send a check or money order made payable to Sacred Heart University to:

DPT Emergency Fund
Office of University Advancement
Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

The Patrick McCaughey Fund
‌The Patrick McCaughey Fund for Athletic Training Student's (Due Date: March 15) provides monetary assistance to Athletic Training student(s) in good standing who are matriculating in either their junior or senior year. Specifically, the McCaughey Fund is designed to assist AT students who want to attend the NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINERS ASSOCIATION (NATA) ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM. Students must:
  • intend to practice as a Certified Athletic Trainer
  • demonstrate overall satisfactory GPA and GPA in Athletic Training coursework demonstrate improvement in didactic coursework as well as improvement in clinical performance
  • be NATA member in good standing
To apply, compose an essay to address why attending the NATA symposium is important to you as a current and future AT professional. Forward essay and an official transcript with name, address, email, telephone number, Student ID and Year in Program to:
Athletic Training Department
Sacred Heart University
College of Health Professions Leadership Society
The Leadership Society has been established to assist the Dean in obtaining the resources needed to achieve the goals and objectives outlined in Strategic Plan: 2020 and to provide a means for alumni and friends to contribute to its achievement. Through their active engagement in the life of the college, Leadership Society members will
  • be a resource to our faculty and students
  • contribute to programs and events centered on the education, scholarship, and service goals of the college.
  • assist in developing ways to meet the diverse needs of a growing population of graduate and undergraduate students.
All contributions made to the college will be counted toward Leadership Society membership.
Levels of participation in the Leadership Society are:
  • The Dean’s Circle: $1,000 and above
  • Chair’s Circle: $500 to $999
  • Faculty Circle: $250 to $499
  • Benefactors: $1 to $249

To make a donation, please make a check out to Sacred Heart University and mail it to:

Patricia Walker, Ed.D
Leadership Society
c/o Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825