Athletic Training Student to Receive National Award

Athletic Training Student to Receive National Award

By Janlyn Thaxton

 

 

 

A Hardin-Simmons University student from Early, Texas, isone of just 34 students nationwide who have been chosen to receive the NATAFoundation Scholarship from the National Athletic Trainers’ AssociationResearch & Education Foundation. Kayla Dickerson, a junior in athletic training, will be inSt. Louis, Missouri, next week, June 26-29, 2012, to pick up the scholarship,which is sponsored by the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine,during the NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium. {{more}} David Stuckey, associate professor of fitness and sportsciences, head of the department, and the director of the athletic trainingprogram, says, “This is significant for Kayla and for our program. Thescholarship is one of only 34 undergraduate scholarships awarded toundergraduates by the NATAREF.Kayla is the third HSU student to be awardedan NATAREF scholarship.” In addition to being an AT major, Dickerson is also anHonors Program minor. The athletictraining major was started at HSU in 1999. Stuckey says HSU is one of only 16athletic trainer programs in Texas that is accredited by the Commission onAccreditation of Athletic Training Education. “Being accredited is what allowsstudents who graduate from the HSU program to be eligible for nationalcertification,” says Stuckey, “allowing them to work in any state. “We typicallyhave about 20 to 25 students in the program each year, and 100% of them can geta job in the field,” he says.