University of Washington 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 2019-20 award recipients:

Fallon Endowed Scholarship Fund

Photo Credit: Larissa Grieves

Faridah Abdullah

Hometown: White Center, WA
Education: BA Psychology and Medical Anthropology/Global Health, University of Washington

Faridah was drawn to OT’s holistic approach to healing when she first learned about the field in high school.  She hopes to integrate technology and therapy in working with adults with physical disabilities.  Faridah enjoys knitting, playing casual video games, and cuddling with her cats.  She is excited to be the first double degree “dawg” in her family.

Rachel Kelleher

Hometown: Media, PA
Education: BA Anthropology, University of Montana

Rachel chose to become an OT after watching her father’s rehabilitation process following a stroke.  She is most interested in acute care and working with patients with neurological impairments.  In her spare time, she likes to stay active by running, hiking, and practicing yoga.  She also enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and live music.


Jesse Lee

Hometown: Renton, WA
Education: BA English Literature, University of Washington

Jesse’s wife encouraged him to explore OT after an interaction with an OT colleague.  He liked the opportunities for problem-solving and serving his community using a holistic approach.  He hopes to help older adults keep meaning in their lives and achieve their desired level of functioning.  Jesse enjoys reading, live music, playing guitar, road-trips, backpacking, and spending time with his wife, family, and friends.

Patricia A. Folsom Endowed Fund for Occupational Therapy Students

Lauren Roebuck

Hometown: Chandler, AZ
Education: BFA Printmaking, Arizona State University

Lauren discovered OT when looking for a way to give back to her community through helping others.  She especially likes OT’s creativity and problem-solving aspects.  Lauren is fascinated by all areas of practice with outpatient neurorehabilitation of particular interest.  She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and dog and unwinds by knitting, indoor rock climbing, hiking, and baking.