Nominations for the 2023 MOTA Recognition Awards
Now is the time to recognize your colleagues for their contributions to the profession of Occupational Therapy. Please take the opportunity to show your appreciation for their dedication and hard work. All nomination criteria must be followed. (Any nominations that do not follow the specified criteria will be rejected.)
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Recognition of an individual who has demonstrated sustained and significant contributions to the profession and/or to the practice of occupational therapy in Maryland over the course of a career.
1. Minimum of 30 years of experience in OT
2. OT or OTA
3. MOTA member
4. Two letters of recommendation detailing how the contribution has been
sustained over time
RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE: Given for outstanding contributions to the field of occupational therapy. This award also recognizes accomplishments in research, education, public relations, recruitment, and administration.
Criteria: 1. OTA or OT
2. MOTA Member
3. Curriculum Vitae or resume
ROSTER OF MERIT: Recognition of a therapist whose knowledge and expertise have made a significant contribution to the advancement of occupational therapy.
Criteria: 1. Minimum of three years of experience
2. OTA or OT
3. MOTA Member
4. Accomplishments in communications and organizational service
5. Nomination must include identification of area of significant contribution
6. Curriculum vitae
PRESIDENTIAL COMMENDATION: Recognition of an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of occupational therapy.
Criteria: From a discipline other than occupational therapy
OUTSTANDING PRACTICE: Recognition of a therapist providing excellent treatment in a clinical setting with demonstration of particular skill in application of theory and techniques.
1. OTA or OT (MOTA membership is not required)
2. Minimum of two years of experience
EXEMPLARY DEPARTMENT OR PROGRAM AWARD: Recognition of a cohesive department or program that demonstrates accomplishments in program development, quality assurance, communications, and teamwork.
1.OTA, OT, or other disciplines (totaling three or more positions)
2. Majority of OT staff are members of MOTA
EXEMPLARY STUDENT SUPERVISOR: Recognition of an individual who has contributed to the quality of fieldwork education in the State.
1. OTA or OT
2. Has directly supervised at least two OTA and /or OT students at Level I or II
3. MOTA member
4. One letter of recommendation (e.g., an academic site, a student, a student
committee, colleague, OT director)
EXEMPLARY FIELDWORK SITE: Recognition of a fieldwork site that has provided high quality, creative, and comprehensive educational opportunities to OT students in the State of Maryland.
1. Fifty percent (50%) of student supervisors must be current MOTA
2. Must have supervised at least four OT students during the past 5 years, two
of which completed their Level II fieldwork in the past 2 years.
3. One letter of recommendation (e.g., an academic site, a student, a student
committee, colleague, OT director)
The Maryland Occupational Therapy Association announces the 2023 Henrietta Price Student Scholarships.
This fall, the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA) is accepting applications for its Henrietta Price Student Scholarships. These merit-based awards are available to students who are members of the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association, and who have demonstrated promise and commitment to the profession through their experience and knowledge of occupational therapy. Candidates must either be (1) enrolled full time in a Maryland college or university occupational therapy degree program or (2) a Maryland resident who has the intent to work in Maryland but is enrolled in an out-of-state, accredited occupational therapy degree program.
In addition to the above criteria, applicants must have completed at least one term or semester of occupational therapy course work before applying and are required to submit one professional reference.
Two $1,000 scholarships are available; one to an occupational therapy assistant student and one to an occupational therapy student. Scholarships may be given to two OTA or two OT students at the MOTA Scholarship Committee’s discretion. The application period commences immediately and ends on October 13, 2023.
The selection of the recipients will be based on – Completed application – Academic performance – Experience with occupational therapy services – Evidence supporting a genuine commitment to the growth of the profession
The application packet must be submitted in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The scholarship winner(s) will be notified the week of October 23, 2023 and announced on the MOTA Website and at the 2023 MOTA conference on November 4, 2023. Award monies will be paid directly to the college or university for the benefit of the student and applied toward the student’s tuition or relevant academic need.
POSTMARK OR ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS October 13, 2023.
COVID-19 Update and Resources
MOTA recognizes the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic on occupational therapy practitioners, educators and students as we adapt to these uncertain times. Occupational Therapy practitioners across the state of Maryland have all been challenged to remain healthy and ensure safe practices to prevent further community spread. Please visit the MOTA Blog for the resources we have compiled for you.
Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact
The OT Compact will allow licensed OTs and OTAs to practice in all states that join the compact. We are the third state to join! Ten states are required in order for the compact to truly take effect. Please see our Advocacy page for more details–and ways YOU can support this effort.