Professor Gary Kielhofner was a prolific scholar and visionary who developed the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) to better understand those with disabilities. Dr. Kielhofner was dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those served in occupational therapy and his ideas, concepts, and vision continue to serve as the foundation for client-centered practice. 

He mentored countless faculty and students throughout the world. Dr. Kielhofner visited the University of New England regularly to share his passion and vision for the profession. He consulted on numerous projects and enhanced the education of UNE students. He had a gift for bringing students and faculty together and generously provided support, advice and guidance. Dr. Kielhofner enjoyed mentoring students and faculty. Visit his memorial. 

As a tribute to Dr. Kielhofner’s contributions to UNE, the Occupational Therapy Department has established this scholarship. The scholarship is provided to students who show excellence in scholarship related to the Model of Human Occupation, and provides assistance for students presenting this scholarship at national or international conferences.

To make a gift to the Kielhofner Scholarship at UNE, please go to: (indicate Kielhofner Scholarship)

Past Recipients


Laura Crossley-Marra
Kelsey DeLuca
Tara Kaminsky
Brittany Peters
Callie Schena
Megan Shea


Catrinna Amorelli
Matthew Capaldo
Meredith Cohen
Danielle Cropley
Alyssa Dumond
Jessica Nadeau
Corrine Perry


Tara Jane Bessette
Jeremy O’Dell
Caroline Phinney


Jamie Hoffman
Caitlin Townsend

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