Bill Welsh, LAT, ATC
Michael Stevenson, ATC
Marisha Little, LAT, ATC
Stephanie Vasquez, ATC
Laurie Blunk, ATC
Jennifer Hyde, ATC
Trenton Gould, ATC
Linda Barker, ATC
Board Liaison: Scott Helton (KY)
A. SEATA Committee (Tier 3)
a) Composition (7 members). One Member from each State; of which, one shall be appointed as the Chair.
b) Purpose. Oversee and administer the Association’s Scholarship program.
c) Chair. The committee chair shall be selected by the SEATA President, in consultation with the Executive Board State President(s), and/or committee members, and approved by the Executive Board.
i) Develop, supervise, and evaluate the Association’s Scholarship program.
ii) Establish scholarship submission deadlines and evaluation time schedules.
iii) Communicate with state scholarship committees regarding the scholarship application, submission, and selection process.
iv) Recommend to the SEATA Executive Board recipients for scholarship awards.
v) Provide information as needed to promote the creation of additional SEATA scholarships and/or additional funding for existing scholarships.
vi) Maintain records of past scholarship winners and the selection process.
vii) Follow-up as needed with the Treasurer to ensure that all expenses relative to faculty are handled appropriately.
viii) Coordinate the presentation of scholarships to recipients at the Annual Awards Banquet
ix) Provide the information regarding the recipients in a timely manner to the Secretary and webmaster for publication in the SEATA Newsletter and publication to the SEATA website.
i) Committee members shall adhere to the general SEATA Committee Policies as stated in Section II.C of this P&P Manual.
ii) Potential applicants for a District IX scholarship must apply via the SEATA website.
iii) It is the policy of the Scholarship Committee to accept applications for a two month period that ends within the first two weeks of each calendar year. This allows for the committee to make their decision regarding undergraduate and graduate/family recipients prior to the Athletic Training Student Symposium and Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting, respectively.
iv) All committee members should receive a copy of the accepted applications and related material via mail or electronic means prior to January 15th of each year.
v) The individual committee member shall make their decision as to the scholarship winners based on the priorities each member deems relevant. The decision is not solely based on an applicant’s grade point average.
vi) The Scholarship Committee shall award the available scholarship monies in the following manner:
(1) The Memorial Graduate Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 goes to the graduate applicant receiving the most votes.
(2) The Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 goes to the undergraduate or entry level applicant receiving the most votes.
(3) The Jerry Rhea/Atlanta Falcons Undergraduate Scholarship Award in the amount of $1,000 goes to the undergraduate or entry level applicant receiving second most number of votes.
(4) The Jerry Rhea/Atlanta Falcons Graduate Scholarship Award in the amount of $1,000 goes to the graduate applicant receiving the second most number of votes.
(5) The Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation Award in the amount of $500 goes to the graduate applicant receiving the third most votes.
(6) The Jim Gallaspy Student Leadership Award in the amount of $500 goes to the graduate or undergraduate applicant who receives the most votes in the remaining pool of applicants.
(7) The Family Scholarship Program allows for three scholarships in the amount of $500 each to be given. The three winners of this award shall be given to the top three applicants, as determined by the committee, who meet the established criteria.
vii) The various scholarships shall be made available to the recipients at the District IX Annual Symposium.
i) Applicants must apply and submit all materials via the SEATA website.
ii) In order to be eligible to apply for a SEATA Scholarship, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
(1) The graduate applicant must be graduating with a Bachelor’s degree at the end of the academic year in which they are applying or must already have obtained a four year undergraduate degree and must be enrolled in a curriculum leading to a graduate degree.
(2) The undergraduate applicant must have at least a junior standing for the upcoming academic year and must be enrolled in a CAATE accredited curriculum in District IX leading to a Bachelor’s degree.
(3) Students enrolled in a CAATE accredited entry level graduate curriculum in District IX may apply for an undergraduate scholarship and must meet all other requirements for undergraduate scholarship. These students must successfully complete one year in the program at the end of the academic year in which they are applying.
(4) The applicant must have a grade point average of “B” or above.
(5) The graduate applicant must be in position to successfully complete all NATABOC eligibility requirements for certifications at the end of the academic year in which they are applying or must already possess NATABOC certification.
(6) A NATABOC certified athletic trainer who is a current member in good standing with the SEATA and the NATA must sponsor the applicant.
(7) The applicant must NOT be currently on full scholarship.
(8) The applicant must be a student member of the NATA and SEATA.
(9) It must be the intent of the applicant to pursue the profession of athletic training or a related field as a means of his/her livelihood.
iii) In order to be eligible for a Family Scholarship Program Award, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
(1) The applicant’s dependent must be at least a junior in academic standing.
(2) The applicant’s dependent must have a grade point average of “B” or above.
(3) The applicant’s dependent must NOT be on full scholarship at the time the scholarship is awarded.
(4) The parent/guardian must be a current certified member of SEATA.
(5) The parent/guardian must have been a certified member in good standing for the preceding five years with SEATA at the time of application. This will be verified by the Committee in consultation with the SEATA Secretary.