Division of Occupational Therapy

Student Scholarship Recipients

We award several partial scholarships to students each year through the generous gifts from alumni and friends over the past 30 years. Walter and Dorothy Fallon established the Fallon Endowed Scholarship Fund in 1989 to honor their daughter’s unfulfilled wish to become an occupational therapist. Patricia Folsom, who worked as an OT for 35 years after graduating from the UW OT program in 1969, established the Patricia A. Folsom Endowed Fund for Occupational Therapy Students in 2011. The awards are made on a competitive basis to second-year students who demonstrate academic merit and financial need.

Meet the 2018-19 award recipients:

Fallon Endowed Scholarship Fund

Emily Brotnov

Hometown: Clarkston, WA
Education: BA Special Education, Eastern Washington University

Emily became interested in occupational therapy while on the job as a special education teacher. She admired how the occupational therapist she worked with thought about and solved problems. Emily has a wide range of practice interests including acute care, pediatrics, and hand therapy. Outside of school, she enjoys fitness classes, exploring the city, hiking, and playing board games.


Seán Garvey

Hometown:Swords, County Dublin, Ireland
Education: BA Psychology, Trinity College, Dublin / Master in Pyschology, King’s College, London

Seán’s interest in occupational therpay was first sparked by family and friends who are occupational therapists. He found that the field’s focus on what matters to each person aligned well with his values. Seán is passionate about geriatrics and helping people engage in valued occupations throughout their lives. He enjoys running, cooking, biking, reading, and exploring Seattle.


Samantha Mulanax

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Education: BS Psychology, University of Washington

Samantha first heard about the field from two occupational therapists in an Amsterdam hostel. She was drawn to occupational therapy’s functional, strength-based approach and caring nature. Samantha is gravitating towards pediatrics after many years of being a nanny and volunteering at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She spends her spare time traveling, playing soccer, and attending country music concerts.


Patricia A. Folsom Endowed Fund for Occupational Therapy Students

Nicole Thompson

Hometown:Corpus Christi, TX
Education: BS Psychology, Texas A&M University

Nicole discovered her passion for occupational therapy watching her brother progress in school-based therapy. She enjoys pediatrics and hopes to work in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit someday to help give children the best start possible. Nicole likes spending time with her fiancé, senior dog, and new kitten and has a life-long passion for reading.