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Kinesiology

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Awards & Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for undergraduate and graduate awards and scholarships. You are allowed to apply to more than one scholarship. Applications are due at 11:59 pm, February 1, 2022. One application can be submitted for all scholarships and awards you are applying for. Follow the links below for descriptions of the scholarships and awards.

Graduate Scholarships and Awards
The application for graduate students can be found here.

Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards
The application for undergraduate students can be found here.

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences: Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards
The application for undergraduate students can be found here.

 

DEPARTMENT OF KINESIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH Graduate Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health is pleased to announce the availability of the awards for graduate students majoring in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. The awards ceremony will take place at the Campus Instructional Facility at 6pm on Thursday, April 7th. Information describing each award and the eligibility criteria is listed below. Application and recommendation forms can be found here. Applications and recommendations are due February 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

Reginald J. Alston Award for Excellence in Community Health and Rehabilitation: To provide support for a student award in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. Preference shall be given to a student with a concentration in Rehabilitation. Special preference given to a student who is taking, has taken or will be taking scholarly work and applying it to a clinical and/or practical application within the community. If no one meets the above criteria, the award will be given to a student within a concentration in Community Health. For 2022, two $1,000 awards will be given.

Joanne M. and Charles M. Carraway Scholarship: Scholarship for students, in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health who show academic merit, professional promise, and financial need. For 2022, seven, $1,500 awards will be given.

William H. Creswell Jr. Graduate Student Award: Preference is given to students who are studying health education, health promotion, or public health, with an emphasis on education in community health.  Recipients shall be selected based on academic merit, participation in health-related professional organizations, and potential leadership in the field of health education. For 2022, one, $1,500 award will be given.

F. Patricia Cullen Scholarship:  Scholarship awarded to an undergraduate student in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health who show academic merit, professional promise, and financial need. For 2022, one, $1,000 award will be given.

T. K. Cureton Physical Fitness Research Award: This award is to support research directed toward physical performance and fitness. The award is based upon the relative merits of a research proposal evaluated by a review committee. Graduate students must be enrolled in residence at the time the award is granted. For 2022, one, $1,000 award will be given.

Laura J. Huelster Award: Awarded to a graduate student in the kinesiology graduate curriculum working on their dissertation and who has successfully completed the required preliminary examination and accompanying requirements. For 2022, six, $2,000 awards will be given.

H.E. Hek Kenney Memorial Award: To provide support to an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a physical education program who demonstrates financial need.  Students must show evidence of scholarly competence and professional promise in the field of physical education. For 2022, one, $1,000 award will be given.

Benjamin H. Massey Memorial Award: Awarded to a graduate student in the kinesiology program who is pursuing research in physical activity. For 2022, two, $1,500 awards will be given.

Roger Winfield Morse Memorial Scholarship: To provide support for students in kinesiology who show academic merit, professional promise, and a financial need. This award is in memory of Roger Winfield Morse, Class of 1934. For 2022, three, $1,500 awards will be given.

Robert L. Sprague Graduate Student Award: Awarded to a graduate student in the kinesiology program to help defray thesis expenses. This award is based upon academic merit. For 2022, one, $1,000 award will be given.

Submission Requirements:

Please prepare the following items:

Brief Research Proposal (typed in APA format; 3 page maximum): Include an introduction indicating the purpose and significance of the research, a concise overview of the existing literature, a description of the study design, and the measurement and evaluation procedures to be employed. Note: A research proposal is not needed for students applying for the

  • Reginald J. Alston Award for Excellence
  • Joanne M. and Charles M. Carraway Scholarship
  • William H. Creswell Jr. Graduate Student Award
  • F. Patricia Cullen Scholarship,
  • H.E. "Hek" Kenney Memorial Award
  • Roger Winfield Morse Memorial Scholarship

Per APA format, please use 1” margins, double spaced, 12 pt., times new roman font.

Vita: Include a current copy of your vita.

Narrative: Type a 1-page narrative that describes your interest in your chosen field of study, career goals, and reasons for deserving an award. Please use 1” margins, double spaced, 12 pt., times new roman font.

Recommendations: Provide two recommendations - one from a faculty member supervising the research or graduate program, and one from a person familiar with your professional involvement (could also be a faculty member). Faculty can submit their recommendations using this form.

Financial Need: Please prepare a brief paragraph describing your financial need for the awards you are applying for. Many of the awards take into consideration the financial needs of the applicant. Please note: This information will be seen by the honors and awards selection committee, but will not be shared during the award presentation or with anyone outside the committee. Please limit your response to 150 words.

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DEPARTMENT OF KINESIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH
Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health is pleased to announce the availability of the awards for undergraduate students majoring in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. Interdisciplinary Health Sciences students will need to visit this page to view their available scholarships. The awards ceremony will take place at the Campus Instructional Facility at 6pm on Thursday, April 7th. Information describing each award and the eligibility criteria is listed below.  Application and recommendation forms can be found here. Applications and recommendations are due February 1, 2022.

Reginald J. Alston Award for Excellence in Community Health and Rehabilitation: To provide support for a student award in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. Preference shall be given to a student with a concentration in Rehabilitation. Special preference given to a student who is taking, has taken or will be taking scholarly work and applying it to a clinical and/or practical application within the community. If no one meets the above criteria, the award will be given to a student within a concentration in Community Health. For 2022, two, $1,000 awards will be given.

Joanne M. and Charles M. Carraway Scholarship: Scholarship for students, in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health who show academic merit, professional promise, and financial need. For 2022, seven, $1,500 awards will be given.

Carol L. Chittenden Scholarship: Awarded to undergraduate students in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health who show academic merit, professional promise, and financial need.   For 2022, three, $1500 awards will be given.

F. Patricia Cullen Scholarship: Scholarship awarded to an undergraduate student in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health who show academic merit, professional promise, and financial need. For 2022, one, $1,000 award will be given.

Helga M. Deutsch Scholarship: Awarded to full-time students with a minimum of junior status (60 hours of earned credit) who are studying the kinesiology curriculum, who are in good standing academically, show professional promise, and have financial need. For 2022, three, $1,500 awards will be given.

Beulah Drom Scholarship:Scholarship for students in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health and who show academic merit, and financial need. For 2022, three, $1,500 awards will be given.

Aurelio E. “Joe” Florio Scholarship: Awarded to undergraduate community health students studying health education. Recipients shall be selected based on academic merit and potential leadership in the health education field. For 2022, one, $1,500 award will be given.

H.E. Hek Kenney Memorial Award: To provide support to an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a physical education program who demonstrates financial need.  Students must show evidence of scholarly competence and professional promise in the field of physical education. For 2022, one, $1,000 award will be given.

Roger Winfield Morse Memorial Scholarship: To provide support for students in kinesiology who show academic merit, professional promise, and financial need. This award is in memory of Roger Winfield Morse, Class of 1934. For 2022, three, $1,500 awards will be given.

Carita Robertson Scholarship Fund: The Carita Robertson Scholarship was established to recognize outstanding junior or seniors majoring in Physical Education. Recipients must show a significant personal involvement in the domain of physical education and must also exhibit financial need. This honor is presented to those who demonstrate the personal and professional involvement which Miss Robertson exemplified, as this award was established by The Alumnae Association of Physical Education for Women in honor of Carita Robertson, a ’29 alumna of the University of Illinois. For 2022, three, $1500 awards will be given.

Seward C. Staley Scholarship Fund: To support undergraduate students who are enrolled in a curriculum in kinesiology studying physical education. Scholarship recipients shall be selected on the basis of academic merit with priority given to those students who show a special interest in the field of Physical Education and to those students demonstrating a financial need. For 2022, two, $1,500 awards will be given.

Marianna F. Trekell Scholarship: To provide support for an undergraduate student who is continuing their studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Kinesiology and demonstrates professional promise and has financial need. For 2022, two, $1,000 awards will be given.

Agnes Radich Vidovic Award:   Awarded to an outstanding junior or senior student in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health who has shown scholarly merit, professional promise, and financial need.  For 2022, one, $1,000 award will be given.

Application Requirements:

Resume: Please submit a one-page resume in which you list information relevant to your academic history, volunteer experiences, research experiences, extra-curricular activities, athletics, awards received, and any other relevant experiences.

Narrative: Please submit a one-page narrative that describes your interest in your field of study, career goals, and reasons for deserving the specific scholarship or award(s) you are applying for.  Please also include information that highlights evidence of a high level of scholarship and professional promise in the field (e.g., achievements, projects, honors received, contributions to the profession within the department, college, state, or national professional associations).   Please use 1” margins, double spaced, 12 pt., times new roman font.

Financial Need: Please prepare a brief paragraph describing your financial need for the awards you are applying for.  Many of the awards take into consideration the financial needs of the applicant.  Please note:  This information will be seen by the honors and awards selection committee, but will not be shared during the award presentation or with anyone outside the committee. Please limit your response to 150 words.

Recommendations:

Provide two recommendations – at least one from a faculty member. One may be from other individuals familiar with your academic and professional involvement. Faculty can submit their recommendations using this form.

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INTERDISCIPLINARY HEALTH SCIENCES
Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health is pleased to announce the availability of the awards for undergraduate students majoring in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (I-Health) program. The awards ceremony will take place at the Campus Instructional Facility at 6pm on Thursday, April 7th. Information describing each award and the eligibility criteria is listed below.  Application and recommendation forms can be found here.

Applications and recommendations are due February 1, 2022.

Joanne M. and Charles M. Carraway Scholarship:  Scholarship for students, in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health who show academic merit, professional promise, and financial need. For 2022, seven, $1,500 awards will be given.

Carol L. Chittenden Scholarship: Awarded to undergraduate students in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health who show academic merit, professional promise, and financial need.   For 2022, three, $1,500 awards will be given.

F. Patricia Cullen Scholarship: Scholarship awarded to an undergraduate student in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health who show academic merit, professional promise, and financial need. For 2022, one, $1,000 award will be given.

Beulah Drom Scholarship: Scholarship for students in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health and who show academic merit, and financial need. For 2022, three, $1,500 awards will be given.

Agnes Radich Vidovic Award: Awarded to an outstanding junior or senior student in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health who has shown scholarly merit, professional promise, and financial need.  For 2022, one, $1,000 award will be given.

Application Requirements:

Resume: Please submit a one-page resume in which you list information relevant to your academic history, volunteer experiences, research experiences, extra-curricular activities, athletics, awards received, and any other relevant experiences.

Narrative: Please submit a one-page narrative that describes your interest in your field of study, career goals, and reasons for deserving the specific scholarship or award(s) you are applying for.  Please also include information that highlights evidence of a high level of scholarship and professional promise in the field (e.g., achievements, projects, honors received, contributions to the profession within the department, college, state, or national professional associations).   Please use 1” margins, double spaced, 12 pt., times new roman font.

Financial Need: Please prepare a brief paragraph describing your financial need for the awards you are applying for.  Many of the awards take into consideration the financial needs of the applicant.  Please note:  This information will be seen by the honors and awards selection committee, but will not be shared during the award presentation or with anyone outside the committee. Please limit your response to 150 words.

Recommendations:

Provide two recommendations – at least one from a faculty member. One may be from other individuals familiar with your academic and professional involvement. Faculty can submit their recommendations using this form.

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2019-2020 Student Award Recipients