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National Black Occupational Therapy Caucus (NBOTC)

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The National Black Occupational Therapy Caucus is announcing its annual book scholarship award.


The NBOTC Frances Swift Scholarship Award was established in 1984 to honor the pioneering Black Occupational Therapist, Frances Swift. The purpose of this scholarship is to annually provide financial incentive and encouragement to one black student who is pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy.


The NBOTC scholarship award was established in 1984 in honor Frances Swift, a Black Occupational Therapist, who was a passenger on the ill-fated Korean Airlines Flight 007, shot down by the Soviet Union on September 1, 1983. Frances Swift graduated from the University of Buffalo in Occupational Therapy. She held positions in Occupational Therapy in Washington, D.C. and Detroit, Michigan. She was Chief Occupational Therapist at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Detroit. At the time of her death, Frances Swift was en-route to Japan to explore the linkage between Asians and African-Americans.


The Scholarship application process for 2024 is now open. The deadline for all applications will be February 22, 2024 at 11:59 PM CST. For any questions regarding the scholarship form or process, please contact  our Scholarship Chair at

You can now access the NBOTC 2024 Frances Swift Scholarship here (NBOTC 2024 Frances Swift Scholarship.pdf)

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