Impact of Giving

Your giving thrusts us to new levels, elevating our academic excellence and raising the bar for our research and our patient care.


Johny Argus established the Johnene M. Vorholy Memorial Scholarship in memory of his wife and beloved graduate of the SPTRS. Johnene was very passionate about the physical therapy profession. At the young age of 33, a short seventeen months after her diagnosis, Johnene lost her battle with cancer. In 2012 at the School’s White Coat ceremony, Mr. Argus proudly presented the scholarship to the first recipient, Deborah Stroupe. It was a serendipitous match as it would later be learned how only a few months earlier, this student had lost her mother to cancer as well. Beyond the financial assistance, Deborah is inspired to live out Johnene’s memory through hard work and passion for physical therapy.


To me, this scholarship is not just a financial assistance, but this is also a reminder of the importance and impact a physical therapist could bring to one's life. My second clinical experience was over 1700 miles from Tampa, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This invaluable experience allowed me to focus on my education and clinical setting with physical therapy, which I find immensely rewarding and interesting. I am deeply honored to have received this award. In turn, I promise to uphold to the highest standards of our profession and to make a difference in my patients' lives.

Heather Wendel, DPT ’13
USF SPTRS CORA Scholarship recipient


At the School’s White Coat Ceremony in the Fall, a special alumna stepped up to help sponsor a student’s white coat.

"I chose to donate because I know how much it would have meant to me to have someone do it for my class. It makes the night more special to receive the white coat as a gift than to have to furnish it for yourself."
- Dr. Racheal Samec, ’11

Click here to give to the White Coat Sponsorship Program