Scholarship Process FAQs

Do I have to be a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association to apply for a scholarship?

Yes, all candidates must be a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association by November 2019.

How much money is awarded for each scholarship?

The awarded amount varies from year to year.

I won an NATA Scholarship. Do I have to be enrolled in classes to receive my money?

Yes, the selected applicant MUST provide proof of enrollment in an appropriate entry level undergraduate, entry level master’s, master’s or doctoral program for the fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year before a check will be issued:

1. Proof of enrollment forms will be emailed to winners with instructions of how to process and return to NATA Foundation office. The form can also be downloaded from the NATA Research & Education Foundation website.

2. Proof of enrollment can come from a variety of university sources, but must be official documentation. The recipient is expected to remain enrolled as a full time student in that program.

Note: An exception may be granted if the recipient is assigned to active military service or due to other extenuating circumstances acceptable to the NATA Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Can I apply for multiple scholarships throughout my years of education?

Yes, as you progress through your academic career in athletic training or an allied health profession (maintaining NATA membership and involvement) you may apply for the different levels of scholarships, but may receive only one for each level.

Do I need to Submit Official Transcripts?

Yes, official transcripts will need to be uploaded to the online application in order to verify reported your GPA.

Who is qualified to act as my Nominating Certified Athletic Trainer and what do they need to do?

This individual is a BOC certified athletic trainer, who is an NATA member in good standing, and who can attest to the applicant’s skills, abilities and scholarly activities as they relate to the applicant. We encourage you to pick someone who will be able to assess you relative to your peers and past scholarship winners. They have agreed to write you a letter of support for your application. This letter is very important and should be well written and reflective of how the applicant is qualified to win an NATA Foundation scholarship. It is this letter that provides the reviewers with the most insight on the potential development and leadership the scholarship applicant possesses

Should I have someone review my application material?

Yes, this is very important. Type your answers to the short answer questions and proof read them for clarity and grammatical correctness. Short answer essays should be organized, well thought out, and purposeful

When do I need to submit all parts of the scholarship application and ensure that my Nominating Certified Athletic Trainer have sent their forms/letters?

The deadline is January 15, 2020

Do I have to attend the NATA convention to receive an awarded scholarship?

No, but you are encouraged to attend so members and Foundation donors can congratulate you on your accomplishment.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the scholarship application?

Contact Angela De Leon at Due to privacy concerns, staff must speak directly with the candidate and is unable to speak with parents, professors, etc. regarding your application.