2020 Honorary Membership Award


Purpose: The purpose of Honorary Membership is to recognize persons other than certified hand therapists who have made significant contributions to the ASHT and to the specialty of Hand Therapy through education, advocacy, research, public service, marketing and promotion of the AHST’s mission, vision and values; whose achievements are of national or international significance or influence and have provided notable service to the specialty of hand therapy.

Eligibility: Honorary Membership is awarded to an individual who is not a CHT, who is not already a member of ASHT and who is not eligible for active membership in the society (not eligible to be ACTIVE members of the Society.)

Frequency: One Honorary Membership will be awarded every two years.


  • Letter of nomination from an Active ASHT member in good standing for at least one year establishing why the nominee meets the criteria of the award.
  • Three letters of support, two of which must be from ASHT members in good standing for at least one year.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Completed online nomination form. Nominator must write to each applicable category on the application form with supportive data from the attached CV. Data may not be repeated in different categories.         

This completed application must be submitted no later than August 5, 2020.


Honorary Membership Award Nomination Form

Please provide specific information for the following categories of selection criteria. Information may be used once and not repeated in other categories. Please do NOT indicate “see attached CV.” The information provided below will be the basis for evaluating the candidate’s qualification for selection.

Relevant Accomplishments

Membership in professional organizations (ASSH, AAHS, AOTA, APTA, etc.):

I. Candidate’s contributions to clinical methods and treatments that directly affect hand rehabilitation
II. Candidate’s leadership involvement in professional organizations
III. Candidate’s contributions in research and publications that impact hand rehabilitation and the practice of hand therapy
IV. Candidate’s involvement in lectures and speaking engagements (honorarium based experiences and not part of regular paid employment). Topics presented must have focused on hand/upper extremity care/rehabilitation or healthcare management.
V. Candidate’s international contributions related to hand care/rehabilitation/healthcare.
Please upload three Letters of Support, two of which must be from ASHT members in good standing for at least one year.