Dale Yasukawa Memorial Fund

OPAF Dale Yasukawa Memorial Fund Scholarship Program

Jennifer Murphy

2016 Scholarship Winner
Jennifer Murphy

In November 2001, a memorial fund was established at OPAF in the name of Dale Yasukawa CP.

Yasukawa, who died on November 22, 2001 at the age of 43, served as director of prosthetics at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) in the department of prosthetic-orthotic clinical services. He began his work with RIC in 1988 as a physical therapy aid. In 1990, he joined the O&P clinical services department, and in 1991 Yasukawa attended the Northwestern University prosthetics certificate program. He became an ABC-certified prosthetist in 1993 and throughout his career worked with patients of all ages - children, young adults, and geriatrics. Yasukawa was involved in the Midwest Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists for over seven years, completing his service as immediate past president in 2001.

In cooperation with Linda Yasukawa, PT, MS, OPAF has created a scholarship program connected to Dale's memorial fund.

This scholarship program is currently open to all full-time Master’s candidates enrolled in Northwestern University's Prosthetic Program at Northwestern University Prosthetic Orthotic Center (NUPOC). The chief purpose of the scholarship is to encourage student participation in their local annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP). It is expected that the award will be used specifically to defray meeting registration fees of their local AAOP meeting and assist in the purchasing of books, supplies, and equipment needed for ongoing studies at NUPOC.

OPAF will award one $1000 scholarship each fiscal year.

The new application cycle has begun. The deadline is May 15, as indicated below. The successful candidate will be announced shortly thereafter.

As the Memorial Fund grows through future contributions, its associated scholarship program will expand to recognize the continued support of OPAF's founders: the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP), American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC), and American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA). The future scholarship program will be open to all full-time students enrolled in O&P Programs accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Scholarship recipients will be expected to use their awards to defray fees incurred from the following:

  • AAOP Annual Meeting registration;
  • AOPA National Assembly registration;
  • registration for annual meetings of state and regional AAOP chapters and AOPA associations and societies; and
  • registration for the ABC certification examinations.

To be considered for a scholarship under the current program, a student should complete the following:

  1. submit a package of information that includes a current curriculum vitae (indicating current grade point average); and
  2. provide a short narrative (no more than two double-spaced pages in length) that describes why she/he is a good candidate for the award. The application narrative should address:
    • financial need;
    • school/community/volunteer activities;
    • noteworthy personal and academic achievements and awards and recognitions; and
    • work/internship history.

Applications under the current cycle are due no later than May 15. Complete applications should be sent via email (as attachments either in Microsoft Word format or in Adobe PDF format) to .

All applications must be complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Note: Please do not send via regular mail any applications, binders, folders, or any permanently bound material. Such material will not be considered and any material received through this avenue cannot be returned.

All applications will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Board of Directors of the Fund. The successful applicant in the current funding cycle will be expected to offer OPAF a short narrative (at least two double-spaced pages in length) about their experiences at their local AAOP chapter meeting. This essay will appear on a special page set aside on OPAF web site to recognize the student's professional accomplishments and experiences in O&P.

All successful applicants will also be responsible for keeping their own receipts and financial records for any reporting required in compliance with Internal Revenue Service guidelines as stated in IRS Publication 520 "Scholarships and Fellowships." A copy of this document is available here. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this document. If you do not have this program installed on your browser, you can download it here for free.)

For more information about the Dale Yasukawa Memorial Fund and its associated scholarship program, and/or to or make a donation, please contact:

Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation, Inc.
13303 Hunting Birds Lane
Charlotte, North Carolina 28278

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