Date: August 28, 2006
Contact: Lindsay Gladstone
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, August 28, 2006 – Dr. Russ Carter, Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at Governors State University, met Randolph Frieser, president of Accelerated Rehabilitation, more than 20 years ago. Carter was the teacher and Frieser, the student. The two stayed in contact and, on August 24, Frieser established an annual $25,000 scholarship fund for Dr. Carter’s physical therapy students at GSU.
The donation creates five scholarships each year for physical therapy students enrolled in Governors State University. Students receiving the scholarships will also gain a mentor from Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers, clinical practice opportunities at their centers, and employment with the company upon graduation and licensure.
“With the rising costs of tuition, physical therapy programs have become harder to afford for less privileged students. With these scholarships, we hope that more students will look to Governors State and see an open door, rather than a closed one,” said Frieser. “It is very important to our mission of service that we partner with Governors State.”
“We feel great pride in being able to provide the best possible education for our students. Physical therapy graduates from the College of Health Professions at GSU are in great demand and ready to meet the challenges of a demanding and rewarding profession,” said Carter. “These scholarships will benefit our students and the program.”
Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers offers physical therapy and sports medicine services at 100 offices in seven states,including Illinois.
Governors State University is an upper division university, offering 47 degree programs including the Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. Approval is currently pending for the new Doctorate in Physical Therapy slated to begin in 2007.
For more information on the physical therapy program at Governors State University, call (708) 534-4388.