Alumni Couple Establish Scholarship for PT Students

Drew and Katherine (Felke) Giardina

Truman students with an interest in pursuing a career in physical therapy will soon have a new support system thanks to a gift from an alumni couple.

Drew and Katherine (Felke) Giardina recently created the Total Sports Therapy Graduate Studies Scholarship through a $25,000 gift on behalf of Total Sports Therapy.

Drew and Katherine both graduated from Truman in 1998. Drew later went to graduate school to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University. He opened Total Sports Therapy in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2006 to supply personalized outpatient orthopedic physical therapy in a relaxed and professional environment.

“The professional and academic foundation created at Truman was integral in my success as a graduate student and then later as a professional in the field of physical therapy,” Drew said. “Katherine and I wanted to return the favor to the University, as well as help current students reach their goals.”

The Total Sports Therapy Graduate Studies Scholarship was created to financially assist deserving undergraduate students who are looking to attend graduate studies in physical therapy for the purposes of becoming a licensed physical therapist.

More than 1,000 scholarships are available to students through the Truman State University Foundation. Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends, the Foundation awards in excess of $1.4 million annually.

For a complete list of scholarships available through the Truman State University Foundation, and details on how to apply, click here.
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