In 1998, PTSC established a scholarship program for the purpose of affording area students the chance to further their education and grow stronger, empowered communities. PTSC is excited to have awarded over $110,000 of scholarship money to over 100 area students (some scholarships were renewed). In 2016 an endowment of over $200,000 was transferred to Community Foundations of the Ozarks to continue the legacy PTSC created.
Scholarships were previously established in the names of Megan Spence, Julie McGoldrick, Tyler Simer, Kyle Gilliam, Cynthia Holloway-Coatney, Julie Douglass, Marisa Hathcock-Spalding, Christel AraSmith-Chester, and Nathan Murphy. These continue to be awarded to students in Douglas, Howell, Wright, Oregon, Shannon, and Texas counties. Candidates are selected based on personal and leadership qualities, academic accomplishments, grade point average, financial need and community service and are open to any field of study.
PTSC feels very fortunate to have the support of many community members, businesses, and individuals who donated their time, money and energy to help us create the endowment and scholarship program.
Dig For a Cure
Dig for a Cure began in 2008 to help raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research. To raise funds PTSC sells t-shirts, pink bracelets and ribbons in honor of individuals affected by breast cancer. PTSC hosts volleyball matches with participating schools, including Missouri State University-West Plains, West Plains High School and Mountain Grove High School. Over $11,000 has been raised to support organizations like Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen. To keep up to date on future events contact PTSC or "like" Physical Therapy Specialists on Facebook.
Despite having a rare form of cancer and undergoing invasive chemotherapy treatments, Mindy Lahey Hughston had a never-quit attitude that included her studies at Missouri State University-West Plains. She graduated in 2008 with an associate's degree in nursing and went on to work in labor and delivery.
Mindy continued giving to and serving others until her death in 2010. A high-tech classroom in Looney Hall, the home of health programs at Missouri State-West Plains, has been named in her honor, ensuring that she has a legacy that won't quit, either.