Chosen annually, APTA Virginia honors members who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of physical therapy through research, performance, leadership, and innovation.

The awards acknowledge the association’s appreciation of the inspiring contributions that have lasting impact, demonstrate the highest level of professionalism, and deliver exceptional results in physical therapy. 

“The depth and breadth of last year’s winners are a testament to the innovative and inspiring work being done across our field, and the commitment our members bring to their patients each and every day.”
- Tony Grillo, APTA Virginia President


At the June 2018 Board meeting, the Board closely looked at the financial landscape of the association. In doing so, they felt it prudent to put a 3-year freeze on all monetary based awards and scholarships. The Board recognizes the member benefit the awards and scholarships offer and are balancing this with their fiduciary responsibility that the members have entrusted them with. In June 2021, the Board reviewed the moratorium and decided to keep the freeze in place the Vision Award, but removed the moratorium on student scholarships. So for the time being, the APTA Virginia is accepting nominations for the Beb Cash, Community Service Award (new!!),  Emerging LeaderM. Scott SullivanPTA, and John "Jack" L. Echtenrach Research awards. As well as, the student scholarships for Minority, Fall Summit, and CSM. If you have any questions, please send them to

Please note that:
  • Board members and Awards Committee members are not eligible nor can they nominate, write letters of support, or endorse an individual for these awards per Policy and Procedures; and
  • The Awards Committee will make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding which applicant should receive the awards.