Michael Tollan
Clinical Excellence Scholarship

About Michael

Beginning in 1985, and for 37 years thereafter, Michael Tollan made his mark.

Michael was equally distinguished by the vast breadth and scope of his clinical ambitions and his passion for sharing what he learned along the way. This perpetual pursuit and acquisition of skill and knowledge, together with his generous nature, combined to define Michael’s legacy. He was a not just a master clinician, he was a master mentor.

Michael’s influence continues to be felt every day through the work of hundreds of therapists, here at Olympic Sports & Spine, and those scattered around the country.  And with the Michael Tollan Scholarship program, that legacy will continue.  By supporting passionate therapy providers in their own pursuit of excellence and the mentorship of others, Michael’s memory is honored.

The Michael Tollan Clinical Excellence Scholarship

The Tollan family honors Michael's legacy of clinical mentorship and excellence by funding annual Clinical Excellence scholarships up to $5,000. The scholarships are to assist OSS employees develop their clinical knowledge and skills and must be used for the purpose of clinical study. The funds may be allocated for tuition, required course materials, travel, lodging or any other expense associated with an approved educational program.


All OSS employees are eligible to apply.


All interested employees must complete the Michael Tollan Clinical Excellence Scholarship application. In addition, applicants must provide a current resume/CV.

All applications will be reviewed by the scholarship selection committee and finalists must participate in an "in-person" interview with this group.

Important Dates

  • Applications Available: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
  • Application Deadline: Friday, July 19, 2024
  • Application Review Period: July 22 - August 7, 2024
  • Finalists Notified: August 8 & 9, 2024
  • Finalist Interviews: To be scheduled between August 12 and August 28, 2024
  • Scholarship Recipient(s) Notified: On or before September 1, 2024

Approved Programs of Study

Below are examples of clinical education programs eligible for scholarship funding:

  • Manual Therapy Certification Programs
  • Specialist Certification (Orthopedic, Sports, Women's Health, Geriatric, Cancer)
  • Vestibular Certification
  • LSVT Certification
  • Lymphedema Certification

Scholarships may be awarded retroactively for courses of study previously completed by the applicant if the applicant currently has a negative Continuing Education balance with Olympic Sports & Spine.

Recipient Obligations: Clinical

Scholarship recipients are obligated to share the knowledge and skills acquired by the completion of the approved program of study. The mechanism to do so may vary, depending upon the nature and volume of the material. Providing mentorship to other therapists or a course or workshop are two possible options. The specific obligation will be mutually determined by the scholarship recipient and Olympic Sports & Spine prior to the conclusion of the program of study.

Recipient Obligations: Financial

Scholarship recipients are obligated to remain employed by OSS at the FTE level at the time the scholarship is awarded after completion of the funded course of study. The required length of retention varies, depending upon the size of the scholarship. Specifically, scholarship awards of less than $2,500 require a one-year employment commitment and those of $2,500 or greater, require a two-year commitment. If a recipient does not complete the retention obligatons, the scholarship award must be refunded on prorated basis.

If a scholarship recipient does not successfully complete the approved course of study, the scholarship award must be refunded in full.

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