PFATS Scholarship Endowment
The PFATS Scholarship Endowment, established in 2008, provides four annual scholarships of $2,300 to qualified athletic training students.
Dean Kleinschmidt Scholarship
2017 Eric Schwartz, University of Arkansas
2016 Brooke Kapple, Ohio University
2015 Jennifer Ach, University of Minnesota
2014 Brett Sigley, West Virginia University
2013 Laura Zdziarski, Roanoke College
2012 Ashley Bracken, Western Carolina University
2011 Josh Lammert, Northwest Missouri State University
2010 Stasia Burroughs, Auburn University
2009 Noritoshi Shirakawa, Louisiana State University
2008 Shellie Spiers, Louisiana College
William Tessendorf Scholarship
2017 Haley Anderson, Westchester University
2016 Matthew Harkey, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2015 Emilee Anderson, Grand Valley State University
2014 Nichole Eads, Western Carolina University
2013 Philip Szlosek, Old Dominion University
2012 Emily Gaddy, Campbell University
2011 Lucas Bahnmaier, University of Oregon
2010 Rachel Sharpe, University of South Carolina
2009 Joshua Lammert, Missouri Valley College
2008 Marc Norcross, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Edward Block Courage Society Scholarship
2017 Zachary Harbaugh, Winona State University
2016 Rena Gluck, Boston University
2015 Mary Helfer, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
2014 Sarah Mcnamara, Western Carolina University
2013 Allessa Lennon, Western Carolina University
2012 Michelle Jacobs, Old Dominion University
2011 Amber Radtke, University of Kentucky
2010 David Oats, University of Delaware
2009 Seth Bires, Slippery Rock University
2008 William Jones, Slippery Rock University
Larry “Stosh” Neumann Memorial Scholarship
2017 Trevor Thompson, Ithaca College
2016 Leah Dell, University of Southern Maine
2015 Jesse Williams, California State, Fullerton
2014 Julia Spellman, University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse
2013 Stephanie Snyder, SUNY Brockport
2012 Shelby Reed, Central Methodist University
2011 Marissa Jones, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
2010 Sunku Kwon, Bridgewater State College
2009 Elizabeth Wolfe, University of South Carolina
2008 Beth Fruechte, Minnesota State University at Moorhead
Jerry Rhea Scholarship
Rhea served as head athletic trainer for the Atlanta Falcons from 1969 until 1994. Following his role as Head Athletic Trainer, Rhea worked as Assistant to the President of the Falcons from 1994 to 2001. In addition to his duties with the Falcons, Rhea was elected president of SEATA in 1982 and served as the President of the National Athletic Trainers Association from 1986-1988. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1987.
2017 Jane Sweeney, University of South Carolina
2016 Laura Zdziarski, University of Florida
John Norwig Scholarship
2017 Bryndan Lindsey, George Mason University
Lamar “Bubba” Tyer Scholarship
This endowment to be awarded starting in 2018.
Robert H. “Bobby” Gunn Scholarship
Robert Henry “Bobby” Gunn was born April 27, 1924. He attended Rice, graduating in 1951. While at Rice he served as an assistant to head athletic trainer Eddie Wojecki.
Upon graduation Gunn became the athletic trainer at Brazosport High School in Freeport, Texas. During his career he would also work at Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, Texas, Lamar Tech (now Lamar University) and the Washington Redskins and Houston Oilers in the NFL.
Gunn was a founding member of the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association and served SWATA in many positions. He was on the NATA Board of Directors from 1965-69, serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors the last two years on his Board service. In 1970, Gunn was elected as the first President of the NATA. He would serve as President until 1974.
Gunn was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1975 and he passed away at age 82 on March 1, 2007.
2017 James Yancy, University of Montana
Steve “Greek” Antonopulos Scholarship
Steve Antonopulos has spent 42 years in the NFL. He attended the University of Northern Colorado. He worked as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Denver Broncos from 1980 until 2017. He now serves as the Director of Sports Medicine for the Denver Broncos. He served as PFATS president from 2003-2008.
2017 Not awarded
2016 Chastity Chov, The University of Texas, Austin
2015 Seong Jun Son, Brigham Young University
Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society