Learning to serve

DPT student Alexandra Colon is the recipient of the McWells Scholarship

Doctor of Physical Therapy student Alexandra Colon has always been fascinated with the human body and its ability to heal itself. A career in physical therapy was a natural fit for her interests.

“As a physical therapist I will be able to help people regain their independence and get back to doing the things that they love,” she said.

During her time in the program, she has taken advantage of opportunities to serve the community through outreach groups and the student-run physical therapy equal access clinic, which provides free therapy for people who are uninsured or underinsured. She is also thankful for the support she has received as a recipient of the McWells Scholarship, created by a gift from Ben Wells and Becky McQuain-Wells, 2009 UF D.P.T. graduates.

“I am beyond grateful to have received the McWells Scholarship,” Colon said. “It has allowed me to focus more on my studies and less on the financial burden of grad school.”

The Wellses established the scholarship to give back to the program that facilitated their own professional success.

“By offering a scholarship to D.P.T. students with a focus on service, we feel privileged to assist students pursuing their dreams,” they said.

To learn how you can support students like Colon, contact Anna M. Harper, executive director of advancement, at aemiller@ufl.edu or 352-273-6360.