Each year at the annual ILOTA conference, there are raffles which help fund and support the annual ILOTA AOTF Student Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students in good standing attending an accredited OT/OTA program located in Illinois and who are members of Illinois Occupational Therapy Association.

Below you will find testimonials from the past ILOTA AOTF Student Scholarship: 

“Words cannot express how thankful I am to be chosen as an ILOTA AOTF scholarship recipient. My education has always been of upmost importance to me, and to be supported in this way by the ILOTA community is very humbling. As a first-generation college student, I know first-hand that it is organizations like ILOTA that make education attainable for many students. This scholarship relieves the financial burden of my OT education, specifically as it relates to study materials for the NBCOT exam, textbooks, and tuition. I look forward to finishing my degree and serving communities throughout Illinois in my future endeavors as an OTR.”

~Samantha Souza, 2020 Recipient


“I recently received the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Endowed Scholarship during my last semester of my OTD program at Rush University. The scholarship awarded to me will significantly support my ability to purchase educational materials necessary to best help me prepare for and pass my upcoming NBCOT licensure examination. I am especially grateful for the support purchasing these educational materials and required application fees as I graduate from my OTD program in uncertain times during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

~Megan Hunzeker, 2019 Recipient (awarded in 2020)


 “I am so grateful to have received the ILOTA AOTF scholarship. The scholarship helped fund some of the tuition expenses associated with earning my MS and OTD degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The scholarship supported me on my journey to become an occupational therapist. Thank you for investing in me, ILOTA!”

~Briana Rigau, 2018 Recipient

 As seen above, this scholarship has greatly impacted OT/OTA students. Due to unprecedented circumstances, this year's conference will be held virtually which means the raffle will also be held virtually. We are committed to ensuring that the raffle items are able to be shipped to the winner and are relevant to all members throughout the state. We are looking for donations to help fund the raffle items since we are unable to collect raffle baskets and items due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Donations will help fund the following items: A Starbucks gift card, an Amazon gift card and the third item will be both a 2021 membership for ILOTA and a 2021 ILOTA conference full membership. All donations will be divided equally between the three items.


We appreciate your generosity and kindness during this time!

*The window to donate for the conference raffle has now closed.  Please consider buying raffle tickets for one of FIVE raffle baskets when registering for the annual conference!*