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2022 Exams
April 25 - May 14
October 24 - November 12



Application Deadlines: April 15th for the May exam and October 15th for the November exam.
Mary Kasch Hand Therapy Certification Scholarship

Mary Kasch Hand Therapy Certification Scholarship

Mary Kasch (February 15, 1947 - May 21, 2012) was a founding member and president of ASHT, president and executive director of the Hand Therapy Certification Commission and staunch supporter of the fundraising efforts of the Foundation. Mary's exemplary career reflects the highest standards known in our profession. She was an outstanding therapist, role model, visionary leader and dear friend to so many. She helped chart a course for hand therapy that we all enjoy today. To view a video tribute of Mary Kasch please click here and to read an article published in the Journal of Hand Therapy please click here.

Mary wanted a well-deserving occupational therapist or physical therapist to receive a financial scholarship to assist in the process of becoming a certified hand therapist. This award is proudly established to honor her request and recognize her contributions.

Purpose of the Award

To provide opportunities for professional development by providing financial support to an OT/PT interested in pursuing certification in hand therapy.


The scholarship amount will be a total value equivalent to $1,500. The award candidate must meet HTCC's general examination eligibility requirements or be eligible to meet the certification requirements by the time the exam registration is due. The candidate must be planning on sitting for the November 2022 or May 2023 examination.

Breakdown of Funding

  • ASHT will offer each year one or more of its many continuing education offerings for this scholarship. The ASHT contribution will include registration fees only, not exceeding $500 combined. (ASHT Continuing Education - $500 value)
  • HTCC will offer the CHT examination fee. ($500 value)
  • The award recipient may use the remaining amount, after ASHT and HTCC’s contributions, to purchase study materials, attend courses and to be reimbursed for travel related expenses for the exam or continuing education courses. The award recipient will submit receipts to AHTF for reimbursement. ($500 to be distributed by the AHTF)

When to Apply

The application for this award is open from January 1st to March 1st. The award recipient will be notified June 1st and will be announced to the general public at the ASHT Annual meeting in the fall.

Apply Online

Click on the following link to complete an Online Application. You may also download a complete description of the award.

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Award Description
Award Application

An objective scoring system will be used by the Selection Committee to determine the recipient of the award. If you have any questions regarding the award please send an email to or call 1-916-566-1140 and we would be happy to answer your questions.

If you would like to make a donation to the scholarship please go to the American Hand Therapy Foundation website

Past Scholarship Recipients

  • Karen Heap, 2013
  • Julie To, 2014
  • Marti Simpson, 2015
  • Brocha Stern, 2016
  • Sarah DiDomenico Ogburn, 2017
  • Chavi Perelman 2018
  • Ashley Coudron DeCo 2019
  • Katherine Siwy 2020
  • Amber Opitz 2021