The Howard Pai Scholarship was created to honor Howard Chia-Ho Pai, an extraordinary physical therapist. This award provides scholarships for therapists sitting for their Geriatric Training Certificate (GTC). The funds are raised by donations from Great Seminars and Books seminar participants, so the amount varies from year to year. The award will be given to the GTC who has gone above and beyond, as Howard did in his lifetime.
Howard Pai received his GTC in 2005. At the ceremony, he made a short speech, during which he proclaimed that earning a GTC was one of his life’s great achievements. He had prepared and studied for months. He was the oldest GTC to sit for the certification process and even though he felt at his age it was tough and tiring, it was worth it. He was beloved by his fellow classmates and all the instructors for his willingness to strive for excellence, his tenacity and his kindness.
Howard worked full time as a physical therapist while earning his GTC and for many years after. One of his patient’s wrote “…I lost a good friend…He helped me so much with my husband…He was better than family…Can you imagine him coming once a week to check on my husband…Even families don’t do that.” Howard went out of his way to help almost everyone he met both in his classes and in his community He was tireless in his efforts to serve geriatric patients
Several years ago Howard was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He died November 7, 2011 at the age of 67.