American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) Scholarships

Through the generosity of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, our donors, partners, and corporate sponsors, the AACPDM is proud to offer Annual Meeting Scholarships to AACPDM members in good standing. Three types of scholarships are offered for each year's Annual Meeting: International, Student, and OrthoPediatrics®.

Please note: Reimbursement for an International, Student, or OrthoPediatrics® Travel Scholarship may take up to 8 weeks from the date of reimbursement submission.

All 2024 Travel Scholarship Applications must be submitted on or before April 1, 2024.

International Travel Scholarship

The Academy seeks applicants who are highly motivated, currently in clinical practice, and who are in a position which will enable them to disseminate the knowledge acquired at the meeting to others in their home country once they return. Scholarship applicants must be current AACPDM members or applicants. Particular emphasis is placed on assisting those from areas with under-supported medical systems and limited financial resources.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2023 INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS!:

  • Dilini V. Vipulaguna, MBBS, DCH, MD Paed
  • Nihad A. Almasri, Professor
  • Sivakumar Gopalakrishnan, PhD
  • Vikus Trivedi, MBBS, MS, DNB, FACS

Scholarship winners receive:

  • Complimentary registration for the annual meeting;
  • Valuable networking opportunities;
  • Opportunity to learn from multi-disciplinary experts in the field of childhood-onset disabilities;
  • General assistance from the International Affairs Committee in navigating the meeting location and meeting other members of the Academy; and
  • Historically, reimbursement of transportation, lodging and meal expenses have not exceeded $2,000 for this scholarship.

More details about the scholarship application can be found HERE.

Click HERE to apply.


The Academy seeks applicants who are full-time students or trainees to apply for this scholarship. Scholarship applicants must be AACPDM members or applicants and must be an author on an abstract submitted to the Annual Meeting. Preference will be given to scholarship applicants whose abstracts have been accepted.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2023 STUDENT TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS!:

  • Megan Evans, BS
  • Angela Rittler, OTD, OTR/
  • Selamenesh Tsige Legas, MD
  • Ellen Sutter, PT, DPT
  • Julia A. Shah, MD
  • Taryn Loomis
  • Daniela A. Testani, MSc
  • Mercedes Ruiz Brunner
  • Natalie R. McBryde, BS
  • Yvonne S.K Weerasinghe, B.Sc (Honors) SLT
  • Junsoo Lee, BS
  • Rachel Helena Oliveira
  • Saihari S. Dukkipati, PhD
  • Ross P. Wohlgemuth, M.S.
  • Ahlam Zidan, MSc. PT, PhD
  • Shristi Shakya

Student Scholarship recipients receive:

  • Complimentary registration to the annual meeting;
  • Valuable networking opportunities; and
  • Opportunity to learn from multi-disciplinary experts in the field of childhood-onset disabilities.
  • Historically, reimbursement of transportation, lodging and meal expenses have not exceeded $1,000 for this scholarship.

More details about the scholarship application can be found HERE.

Click HERE to apply.


Local Travel Scholarship

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2023 LOCAL TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS!:

  • Nahyun Kim, Feinberg Medical Center/Northwestern
  • Emily DeMaio, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
  • Chad Hanaoka, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Fisher, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Meaghan Rubsam, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Soroush Baghdadi, Northwestern University, Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Victoria Jane Horak, Chicago Medical School
  • Divya Joshi, Northwestern University
  • Kelly Muix, Rush University
  • Veronica Jung, Rosalind Franklin University Chicago Medical School
  • Hayley Johnson, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Maria Villalobos, DePaul University

The OrthoPediatrics® Travel Scholarships to the AACPDM Annual Meeting are designed to allow selected AACPDM members who are residents/fellows in training or medical professionals early in their career to attend our Annual Meeting who would not otherwise be able to attend. Scholarships are awarded to: Residents/Fellows in training, Physicians in their first year of practice, and Allied Health professionals (nurses, physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapists) who are at any point in their career.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2023 ORTHOPEDIATRICS® SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS!:

  • Buddhika J. Senevirathne, PT
  • Amanda K. Kwong, BaPhysio(Hons), PhD
  • Kellie Collins, DPT
  • Shannon Strader, DO, MS
  • Jichun Xu, MD
  • Mark S. Katsma, DO
  • Shaaron Brown, DPT
  • Courtney Bishop, MPAS, PA-C

Scholarship winners receive:

  • Complimentary registration to the annual meeting;
  • Valuable networking opportunities; and
  • Opportunity to learn from multi-disciplinary experts in the field of childhood-onset disabilities.
  • Historically, reimbursement of transportation, lodging and meal expenses have not exceeded $1,500 for this scholarship.

More details about the scholarship application can be found HERE.

Click HERE to apply.


Please note: Reimbursement for an International, Student, or OrthoPediatrics® Travel Scholarship may take up to 8 weeks from the date of reimbursement submission. 

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