Two Anoka Technical College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program students, Connie Mills and Kari Roble, were awarded scholarships at the annual Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA) conference held the last weekend of October in Bloomington.
Mills received one of the five annual MOTA Sunja Klein Ford Scholarship in recognition of her 3.5 grade-point average and her financial need, as well as for her work promoting the occupational therapy assistants profession through awareness building events, fund-raising and lobbying efforts.
“I feel so honored to receive this scholarship,” said Mills. “It is my first step to becoming a professional peer in the organization. I want to thank everyone who was part of the nominating and selection process.”
Roble received the annual MOTA Student Scholarship in recognition of her 3.6 grade-point average and her financial need, as well as for her work advocating for the OTA program through her student memberships in MOTA and American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA), fund-raising and for her roles as a senator for the college’s Student Senate and activities liaison representing the OTA program’s TeCOTA club.
“Both of these students are very deserving of these recognitions,” said college OTA program faculty Marietta C. Saxon, who nominated both students to MOTA for the scholarships.
“Along with her positive attitude and active participation in the OTA program, Connie works as a personal care attendant with elderly clients and cares for an elderly mother and a niece who is learning disabled and mentally ill.”
“Kari, though very active on campus, is also active in the community raising funds for underprivileged children and promoting activities for veterans’ activities.”