Excelsior College today announced Talitha Purdy, from Chenango Forks, New York as the 2013-2014 winner of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship. The merit-based scholarship is awarded to a student who has transferred to Excelsior from an academic partner institution, like Broome Community College (BCC).
As a child, Purdy was homeschooled until her high school graduation in 2003. Soon after, she took a break to find her inner passion. In 2009, Purdy enrolled in Broome Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program. She graduated in 2011 with an associate degree in Applied Science with high honors. She hopes to earn a degree in physical therapy at the doctorate level.
During her time at BCC, Purdy was on the President’s list multiple times and recognized as a peer tutor.Purdy is ambitious. While taking classes online, she also worked. In 2013, she returned to school at Excelsior College working towards her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) with an emphasis in health education. She will be graduating from the program next semester.
Purdy became interested in physical therapy because she has seen people make some really incredible progress and take back their lives after some very devastating setbacks.
“There’s so much potential inside of people to heal, but they need help to achieve it,” said Purdy. “Sometimes it takes education, sometimes encouragement, and sometimes intervention such as manual therapy. But the partnership with the patient is one of the most exciting and enjoyable aspects.” For Purdy, the PTK scholarship is not only a source of funding; it is also a deep source of encouragement. The scholarship is a very tangible reminder that hard work and quality outcomes are valued and important.
Upon completion of her BSHS degree, Purdy hopes to be accepted into a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the University of Vermont. She is also planning on taking Clinical Exercise in Physical Therapy through the University of New Mexico (exercise physiology), which is a pre-requisite for the DPT program.
“I’ve found that sometimes the most challenging situations can be the most rewarding,” reflected Purdy. But the core of the matter is that I like working with people and everyone is so unique, so no matter where life takes me, I’m going to experience some pretty incredible situations.”
To date, more than 120 graduates of Broome Community college have completed a bachelor’s degree at Excelsior.