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The Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Scholarship Program

Freddie H. Fu, MD, former orthopaedic surgeon at UPMC Sports Medicine and chair of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, created this scholarship program to increase student interest in sports medicine careers.

We award one scholarship of two thousand dollars ($2,000). In return the recipient interns for six weeks (30-40 hours per week on an agreed upon starting date) during the summer at UPMC Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Center and UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. The selected intern will have the opportunity to observe patient evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation by physical therapists and athletic trainers, and will have responsibilities comparable to those of a Physical Therapy Aide. There will also be opportunities to observe clients in our sports performance program, as well as patient care and surgery with various physicians.

The scholarship winner will have the chance to observe:

  • Patient exams, treatment, and rehab by physicians, neuropsychologists, physical therapists, and athletic trainers.
  • Clients of the sports performance program.
  • Orthopaedic surgery with various physicians.

He or she will also have responsibilities much like those of a Physical Therapy Aide including:

  • Greeting patients.
  • Prepping treatment areas.
  • Preparing hot and cold packs.

Who Can Apply for the Sports Medicine Scholarship?

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be:

  • Residents of western Pennsylvania.
  • Entering their senior year of high school in September 2022.

He or she must also have a strong interest in a sports medicine career.

We award one scholarship based on the following:

  • A commitment to a career in sports medicine.
  • Academic excellence.
  • Leadership traits.
  • Community involvement.

Apply for the Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Scholarship

To apply for the Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Scholarship program, you must:

  • Complete the application online. Then print and sign the application.(PDF).
  • Obtain two letters of recommendation. Letters should include details on academic strengths, leadership skills, and community service.
  • Request your school Guidance Counselor — or appropriate school representative — to complete and sign.
  • All applications must be postmarked by Saturday, April 16, 2022.

Mail the above materials to:

Rob McCabe, MS, LAT, ATC
Manager, Athletic Training and Development
UPMC Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Center
3200 South Water Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203