Clarkson University’s Melissa A. Walsh ’03 ’05 Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been awarded to the Class of 2023 student, Jonathon Cummins of Fulton, NY. The scholarship was established in memory of Walsh by her family and friends to assist a Clarkson University physical therapy student with qualities and goals similar to Walsh’s.
Walsh was a Massena High School and Clarkson University graduate, who lost her life in a 2007 motor vehicle accident. At Clarkson, she earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology in 2003 and a master of physical therapy degree in 2005.
A description of the scholarship reads, in part:
“The Walsh Scholarship was established to celebrate Melissa’s life and continue support of the physical therapy profession. Melissa was a standout student, respected amongst professors and peers. She went on to become a licensed physical therapist and worked in outpatient orthopedics. Melissa put her heart into all that she did, whether in relationships, education, or employment. Melissa was a role model in every sense of the word, in her personal life, her professional commitment, and her belief in caring for others. Melissa’s life and accomplishments are an excellent example of what a Clarkson University student should strive to achieve.”
Mr. Cummins was chosen out of a strong pool of qualified applicants due to his commitment and passion for physical therapy both in his studies and in the clinical environment. Jonathon portrays a strong sense of professionalism and a profound desire to work with his community. In his application, Mr. Cummins noted “The fundamentals of physical therapy are connected in my well-being and I have tried to show this passion by being a good student, colleague, and friend to others in the DPT program at Clarkson University. With schooling, I try to show my passion for the profession by being as available as possible in our busy schedules to classmates if they are ever in need. It is always a positive experience connecting with other students while trying to learn the material to hopefully guide each and every one of us to be the best clinicians we can be.”
“Through his application, Mr. Cummins clearly demonstrated he represents the things most important to Melissa and her family, and we are proud to announce him as this year’s recipient,” said Dr. Jamie Bicknell, Director of Clinical Education and Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Clarkson.