By Greg Peters, Communications coordinator
School of Health Professions
Jan. 16, 2014
Two master's degree students have received 2014 Kathlyn "Kitty" Reed Occupational Therapy Scholarships.
Elizabeth Markowitz, third-year master of occupational therapy (MOT) student, and Anna Keeney, second-year MOT student, each received $5,000 awards during a presentation in January at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Both students have 4.0 grade point averages and are involved in multiple community and student activities.
"These two students exemplified the criteria of outstanding occupational therapy graduate student to the faculty who make these choices," says Winnie Dunn, professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education.
Markowitz grew up in Overland Park, Kan., attended Shawnee Mission South High School and earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Texas-Arlington. She moved back to Kansas upon graduation to fulfill a lifelong dream of being a Jayhawk and says she has found her passion as an occupational therapist.
"The Kitty Reed Scholarship takes a huge load off financially, but mostly it reminds me that all the sweat was worth it – I am going to be an occupational therapist," Markowitz says. "Thank you, Kitty, for this amazing support and encouragement!"
Keeney, also from Overland Park, earned her bachelor's degree in occupational studies from the University of Kansas.
"Words cannot describe how honored and grateful I am to be a recipient of the Kitty Reed Scholarship," she says. "I have always been passionate and motivated about my career choice, but I am thankful for being part of a program that has emphasized this to a greater extent."
Reed, who has devoted more than 50 years of her life to occupational therapy as an educator, practitioner, historian, consultant and author, received a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from KU in 1964. Among her many honors, Reed is a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and a recipient of the association's award of merit. She retired from Texas Women's University in 2010 where she is associate professor emerita. Her book, "Quick Reference to Occupational Therapy, third edition" was published in November. Reed will be presenting at the AOTA conference in April and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists conference in June.
Reed began giving donations for occupational therapy scholarships in 2009. She was born in Detroit, Mich., but has strong ties to the Pretty Prairie area in the south-central part of the state where her grandparents lived for nearly 50 years.
Occupational therapy is one of more than 25 academic programs offered by the University of Kansas School of Health Professions on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. The School is recognized for its highly ranked educational programs as well as the significant research and clinical service it provides in support of the local community and the State of Kansas.