MAC Georgia Scholarship Program
Investing in the education of a few; Impacting the lives of many
Georgians with disabilities and their families frequently experience poverty, face persistent stigmas, and remain uninformed about their rights and opportunities. Furthermore, the extreme lack of services in the fields of occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy means that most persons with disabilities never get the opportunity of reaching their full potential.
MAC’s rehabilitation scholarship program aims to strengthen and expand the reach of the country’s rehabilitation-based skills and services by training highly skilled rehabilitation professionals and then introducing them into clinics and hospitals around the country. Here’s how it works:
We recruit smart, dedicated students from throughout the country of Georgia and prepare them for success as graduate students in western-based Universities. Students agree to pursue a Master’s degree in one of the rehabilitation sciences, including physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. They also commit to maintaining a high-grade point average, and to use their newly gained skills and knowledge in Georgia upon graduating from the academic program.
We cover tuition, travel and living costs so that our Scholars may spend between two and three years pursuing Master’s degrees in their specific field of rehabilitation. MAC scholars obtain high quality, evidence-based skills and knowledge and prepare to translate these tools into the Georgian context.
Upon graduation, we will connect our MAC scholars with clinics, hospitals and universities in high need areas around Georgia. Our scholars – now rehabilitation professionals – will work with patients directly while simultaneously transferring skills and knowledge to a new generation of Georgian practitioners. MAC sponsored professionals will remain at their location for a minimum of five years. The work of these individuals will improve the lives of many in the region, influence a new understanding of the importance of rehabilitation, and develop the capacity of local practitioners.