Bernard C. Simons Scholarship Fund

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Bernard C. Simons Scholarship Fund – Northwest Chapter AAOP

The Northwest Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists has established the Bernard C. Simons Scholarship Fund in memory of his contribution to the profession of prosthetics and orthotics. The collaborative vision of Mr. Simons and Dr. Justus Lehmann led to the creation of the baccalaureate curriculum at the University of Washington. The first class of five students began their studies in the fall of 1971 and graduated in 1972.

Mr. Simons attended North Dakota State College and received his prosthetics-orthotics education at UCLA. His career at the University of Washington as an Associate Professor and Division Head extended from 1964 until he retired in 1981. After his service at the University of Washington, he continued his career as owner and president of Simons Prosthetics and Orthotics until his retirement in 1993. Bernard was an ABC certified prosthetist and orthotist and a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. He passed away on January 26, 1996 in Arizona at the age of 74.

Two (2) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to P&O students currently enrolled at the University of Washington based on financial need, scholastic achievement, and career goals.

To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant must be:

  1. Enrolled in the Prosthetics-Orthotics Curriculum at the University of Washington.
  2. In need of financial assistance to meet educational expenses.
  3. Academically successful.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit ALL of the following items between December 1st and December 31st in order to be considered:

  1. Completed application (request application from
  2. A one-page essay describing your need for financial assistance, scholastic achievement, career goals, and reasons why you should be awarded this scholarship.

Email the complete packet to:

Subject Line: Bernard C. Simons Scholarship Committee