DES MOINES, Iowa, April 27, 2021 — The Iowa Physical Therapy Foundation announced 2021 scholarship recipients for the Olive C Farr Scholarship. Sarandyn Curtis, Mercy College of Health Sciences PTA (‘21), is one of two award recipients to earn the scholarship.

The scholarships are awarded to student members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) who are enrolled in accredited Iowa physical therapist/physical therapist assistant education programs and have concluded the first year of their accredited entry-level Iowa program. Award of the scholarships is based on demonstrated scholarship, potential for professional contributions, and leadership qualities.

Sarandyn is originally from Oskaloosa, Iowa, and became interested in physical therapy at a young age when she went to physical therapy after tearing a knee ligament and fracturing her ankle while playing sports. Sarandyn graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Minor in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Associate of Science in physical therapist assistant at Mercy College.

“Sarandyn is very deserving of this scholarship. She’s a talented student with a very bright future ahead,” stated Sue Bravard, PT, MS, Mercy College PTA Program Chair.

The scholarships are made possible by a bequest to the Foundation from Olive C. Farr, PT, the first director of the physical therapy education program at the University of Iowa. Scholarship recipients were also recognized at the 2021 APTA Iowa Spring Conference.


About Iowa Physical Therapy Foundation
Iowa Physical Therapy Foundation’s mission is to support current and future physical therapists and assistants by establishing, funding, and granting scholarships for students enrolled in Iowa therapy programs. The IPTF also supports research that optimizes treatment provided by physical therapists and assistants.


About Mercy College of Health Sciences
Mercy College of Health Sciences is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Located in downtown Des Moines, Mercy College prepares graduates for service and leadership in the healthcare community with a wide range of bachelor, associate, and certificate programs. Mercy College’s liberal arts and sciences education develops compassionate caregivers and leaders. Visit www.mchs.edu or call (515) 643-3180 to learn more.