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Vermont woman named winner of Melissa Walsh Memorial Endowed Scholarship

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POTSDAM - Clarkson University’s 2014 Melissa A. Walsh ’03 ’05 Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been awarded to second-year doctor of physical therapy student Kathryn L. Goldberg of Stowe, Vt.

The scholarship was established in memory of Walsh by her family and friends to assist a Clarkson University physical therapy student with qualities and goals similar to Walsh’s.

Walsh was a Massena High School and Clarkson University graduate, who lost her life in a 2007 motor vehicle accident. At Clarkson, she earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology in 2003 and a master of physical therapy degree in 2005.

Goldberg received her bachelor of science degree in biology from Clarkson in 2011.

In applying for the scholarship, she wrote, “I’ve come to realize that physical therapy is not just about returning a patient to an active way of life, but it is to coach, tutor, guide and encourage. It is an active profession and one that fits me perfectly. I have been active all of my life and fascinated by the body in motion.

“Because I have coached basketball at the high school and national travel team level, teaching and motivating are areas where I have a strong history. When one adds the enjoyment of problem solving and helping others, it’s easy to understand why I am passionate about physical therapy.

“In the words of a great philosopher, ‘The primary and most beautiful of nature’s qualities is motion.’ I embrace this philosophy and use it in the physical, emotional, and mental challenges of my clients. To me, motion is moving forward, moving toward a goal. It is moving forward concerning education, practice, and techniques. It is connecting my love of physical therapy with my love of learning and applying it all to my clients.”

A description of the scholarship reads, in part:

“The Walsh Scholarship was established to celebrate Melissa’s life and continue support of the physical therapy profession. Melissa was a standout student, respected amongst professors and peers... She went on to become a licensed physical therapist and worked in outpatient orthopedics.

“Melissa put her heart into all that she did, whether relationships, education, or employment. Melissa was a role model in every sense of the word, in her personal life, her professional commitment, and her belief in caring for others... Melissa’s life and accomplishments are an excellent example of what a Clarkson University student should strive to achieve.”

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