NHTSA/AOTA Cooperative Agreement: The Pathways Project to Foster Occupational Therapist Engagement in Older Driver Rehabilitation

Driving Scholarship

Invitation to Apply by Either September 30 or November 14, 2014

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is excited to announce a project of the AOTA/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Cooperative Agreement. The capacity to address the driving and community mobility needs of the medically at-risk senior driver depends on the availability of skilled and trained professionals. This project represents AOTA’s continued commitment to expanding occupational therapy’s capacity to address driving and community mobility in communities nationwide, and will assist in meeting an objective of AOTA’s Centennial Vision, “building the profession’s capacity to influence and lead,by developing educated leaders in driving and community mobility.

 Scholarships are available for a limited time to those who are successful in obtaining their SCDCM or SCDCM-A credential through the AOTA Specialty Certification in Driving and Community Mobility program. The scholarship invitation is open to occupational therapy practitioners (OT or OTA) with at least 2 years of experience who are currently working, at least in part, with older adults. The goal of the Cooperative Agreement is to expand capacity, and therefore special consideration will be given to applicants who are strong in the following categories: rural settings, or work settings with limited access to driving and community mobility services.

 Up to 15 individuals can receive a scholarship in the amount of $375 for reimbursement of the SCDCM or SCDCM-A certification application fee. To be eligible to receive the scholarship, specialty certification applications must be submitted (see specialty certification application) by December 10, 2014, and applicants need to receive their credential by June 1, 2015.

 There are 2 review cycles to offer individuals advanced notice of their successful scholarship request:

  • September 30, 2014, for notification by October 17, 2014
  • November 14, 2014, for notification by December 5, 2014

 Interested individuals should submit the following information by one of the above dates to for review by committee:


  1. An abbreviated and up-to-date resume or CV, including:
  • Name, contact information, years of experience (minimum 2 years’ experience preferred), description of current position, and scope of responsibilities
  • Description of the senior population served (senior population may be within applicant’s program or may include the potential to expand program outreach)
  • Professional development activities (of significance, and/or going back 2 years)


  1. A personal letter of interest that clearly articulates the following points:
  • Interest in senior drivers, with a description of local unmet needs or gaps in services to address the driving and community mobility needs of senior drivers or medically at risk senior drivers.
  • Interest in assuming a leadership role committed to expanding programs and services
  • (Important) A clearly articulated description of how the AOTA certification credential will support expansion of driving and community mobility services


  1. A letter of reference (recent or current employer, or professional colleague) that speaks to the applicant’s skills, motivation, and potential to expand senior driver services


If you have questions about the purpose of this project or the content of your scholarship request, please contact Elin Schold Davis at