The Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) has awarded the 2013 Dale Yasukawa Memorial Scholarship to Josh Yoder, Oak Harbor, Washington. He is currently finishing the orthotics certificate program at the Northwestern University Prosthetic-Orthotic Center (NUPOC), Chicago, Illinois, where he completed the prosthetics certificate program in October 2012.
Yoder will begin his orthotic residency at Evergreen Prosthetics and Orthotics, Portland, Oregon, in July. He has prior O&P experience, which he received at Cornerstone Prosthetics and Orthotics, Mt. Vernon, Washington, as well as Fabtech Systems, Everett, Washington. He also volunteered on a mission trip with HELPS International to provide prostheses to patients in Guatemala.
“I am honored to receive the Dale Yasukawa Memorial Fund Scholarship and I look forward to using the funds to attend the upcoming local… [American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy)] conference and to defray some of the costs of school.”
OPAF, in cooperation with Linda Yasukawa, PT, MS, maintains a scholarship connected to a memorial fund in the name of Dale Yasukawa, CP, who died on November 22, 2001, at the age of 43. It is expected that the award will be used to defray meeting registration fees at the winner’s local Academy meeting and assist in the purchasing of books, supplies, and equipment needed for ongoing studies at NUPOC.
“We are very pleased with the selection of Josh Yoder as the 2013 Dale Yasukawa Scholarship winner and believe that he will reflect the fine clinical work that has come to be recognized by all of our scholarship winners,” said Robin Burton, OPAF executive director.