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South Dakota Physical Therapy Association

Application for Funding from SDAPTA for Legislative Activities (APTA House of Delegates Usher, Federal Advocacy Forum, State Government Affairs Forum)



Must be a current student member of SDAPTA and maintain membership throughout the fiscal year

Must be enrolled at the LATI PTA Program or the USD PT Program

Must be a current student during time that event is held

Must attend a Spring or Fall Meeting following the event and give a verbal report to membership



  1. Provide responses to the questions below and save in a word or PDF document.

  2. Email your completed document to the current President and Chief Delegate of the SDAPTA (found in the Board Members section of the SDAPTA Web Site). SDAPTA Board Members will likely be involved in the selection process if there are more applications than allotted funded positions and the SDAPTA Board will fund up to 2 students .

  3. If attendance at the event you are requesting funding for requires you to miss class time, please attach email confirmation from your program director/faculty member stating you have permission to miss class for this event.

  4. Application Deadline is a minimum of 3 months prior to the start date of the event.


The SDAPTA has budgeted monies for these events.  In the event that the PTA Caucus and APTA House of Delegates occur at the same time as the Federal Advocacy Forum, the student participants would be eligible and expected to attend both events. Due to the small number of annual funded positions offered, first time applicants or re-applicants who weren’t funded the first time will be considered prior to those that received funding for these positions in the past.


If accepted for funding for one of these positions, the student will work with assigned Board Member or administrator regarding the process to secure transportation and lodging for the event. The SDAPTA will reimburse travel (ie flight, transportation from airport to/from hotel) and lodging for the event. The student will be responsible for his/her own meals. The student may be required to pay up front on his/her own and get reimbursed after the completed event. Copies of all receipts must be kept for reimbursement and submitted to the SDAPTA Treasurer. The SDAPTA Treasurer will distribute the monies after the event. For some of the events (ie, APTA HOD Usher) there likely will be the opportunity to room with other students.


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