Julie Whitman Dream Scholarship

Dr. Julie Whitman is the founding program director of theJulie Whitman
Bellin College Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) Program and oversaw the program’s growth for more than 10 years and has contributed to many PTs reaching their dreams throughout her professional career.  This scholarship is intended to support qualified individuals who demonstrate leadership in the physical therapy profession and are engaged within their community.  The scholarship aims to empower OMPT fellows-in-training program participants who are underrepresented minorities by giving them an opportunity to advance their career through post-professional advanced education and research opportunities.

Julie’s Story

Dr. Whitman is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and went on to pursue her master’s in physical therapy from the US Army-Baylor PT program in 1994.  Julie went on to receive further advanced training and received her Doctor of Science in PT from Baylor University in 2001.  Following this time, Julie has published 40+ peer-reviewed manuscripts, and over 30 published abstracts in the areas of orthopaedics and manual physical therapy and presented research both nationally and internationally at professional conferences. She was the recipient of the AAOMPT’s Kaltenborn “Teach I Must” Award, the JOSPT George J. Davies – James A. Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award, AAOMPT Outstanding Research Award, and Steven J. Rose Excellence in Research Award.

In 2008, Julie started what is now known as the Bellin College Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy Program with Evidence in Motion.  She led the program for 10 years and oversaw the development of over 100 graduates of the program.  In September of 2018, the program moved from Evidence in Motion to Bellin College.  Julie became the program director for both the fellowship and new Doctor of Science program at the College where she created the opportunity for fellowship graduates to continue their education towards a terminal doctoral degree.  Julie stayed in this role until early 2019 before transitioning to be a full time homeschool teacher for her children.

Over this time, Julie has taught, inspired and created opportunities for many people she interacted with.  She has paved the way for so many to reach their dreams both professionally and personally.  This scholarship will continue Julie’s legacy of creating opportunities for those wishing to expand their horizons.

For more information, please contact the advancement department at (920) 433-6654 or advancement@bellincollege.edu.


Applicants must:

  • Be a Fellow-in-training (FiT) in first 2 years of scholarship
  • Demonstrated Professional Leadership
  • Demonstrated Leadership in Clinical Practice
  • Community Involvement

Preference will be given to applicants who are underrepresented minorities. However, applicants who are not an underrepresented minority who have significant professional and clinical leadership experience and community involvement are encouraged to apply.

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