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Athletic training major receives national scholarship

RELEASED: June 16, 2011

Emily Kidd
Emily Kidd

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior Emily Kidd, St. Paul, Minn., has been awarded a 2011 National Athletic Trainers' Association Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship.

An athletic training major, Kidd was among 45 students nationally to receive this year's NATA undergraduate scholarship and is the first UW-Eau Claire student ever to receive the award. Approximately 8,000 students representing 352 academic programs across the country were eligible for the $2,300 scholarship.

"Winning this scholarship has not only assisted me with the financial aspect of college but has also boosted my confidence in my abilities as a future athletic trainer," Kidd said. "As I head into my final year at UW-Eau Claire, confidence will be essential in executing the skills expected of a senior athletic training student."

Scholarship criteria include a cumulative overall GPA of at least 3.2, enrollment in a four-year undergraduate program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and completion of at least five semesters of college course work. Applicants also must have one academic year remaining in their college career.

Kidd has stood out among her peers in participating, leading and assisting in class, program and community activities, said Dr. Robert Stow, director of athletic training education and assistant professor of kinesiology at UW-Eau Claire. In his letter supporting Kidd's nomination for the award, Stow stated he was impressed with her dedication to her academic studies and clinical education responsibilities.

"Emily is an extremely hard worker as seen through her academic success and has received positive feedback from the patients, faculty and administrators she interacts with during clinical rotations and school activities," Stow said. "I believe she demonstrates the characteristics, belief and spirit that are embedded in great leaders."

Kidd is treasurer of UW-Eau Claire's Student Athletic Trainers' Association, was a member of the university's women's soccer team (a player for two years and a coach for one) and serves on the College of Education and Human Sciences Student Advisory Council. She also has been named to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll and has received the Jeff Oliphant Scholarship for Excellence in Athletic Training, Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association Founding Fathers Leadership Scholarship, Chris Winkler Scholarship for Excellence in Athletic Training and two PGA scholarships.

UW-Eau Claire's athletic training education program prepares students for athletic trainer certification/licensure and to work as health care providers with the physically active population.

The NATA Foundation annually awards from 50 to 75 undergraduate, master's and doctoral scholarships. Funding is secured through the organization's endowment program and from corporate and individual donations.

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