Tricia Wong, a student in the doctor of physical therapy program, has been named a recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) 2011 Minority Scholarship.
The purpose of the award is to acknowledge and reward demonstrated participation in minority affairs activities and services, the potential for superior achievements in physical therapy and academic excellence.
Wong has been invited to receive the prestigious award at the honors and awards celebration during the APTA's 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition in National Harbor, Md.
Wong is student who wants to give back to her community through her physical therapy profession. Her leadership involvement through various church communities, homeless ministries, and missions oriented service trips, demonstration of academic excellence both inside and outside the classroom setting, and professional aspirations to serve the underserved populations prove her to be a worthy recipient for this award.
She first recognized her life-mission of serving the underserved after she attended a mission trip to a Navajo Reservation in Arizona. Her experience led her to become involved in the homeless community while attending SLU. Wong realizes there is a real need that exists in individuals within the homeless population that society treats as insignificant.
"This is a need that I, as a minority, can relate to, understand, and help," Wong said.
Wong will graduate this spring and plans on going to Haiti shortly after to volunteer at an orthotics/ prosthetics clinic. She hopes to utilize the gift of her profession by going back to China and doing medical missions.