In order to honor the legacy, commitment and productivity of the program's founder and patriarch, the Kent Scriber Athletic Training Fund (KSF) was created in 2014 to help fund curricular programming and extra academic initiatives, professional growth and education of students, staff and faculty, and student and faculty research projects that are not always covered with normal operating expenses within the Athletic Training Education Program. The KSF supports student research and attendance at professional conferences like NYSATA, EATA and NATA. It also supports invited professional speakers to advance our knowledge of current issues in the field. Finally, it funds extra curricular programming like events and activities for our EquAT and InclusivAT initiative. These initiatives were started in 2016-17 to better address professional and academic issues germane to diversity and inclusion.
In 2017, we started the Emerging Clinical Scholar Grant Program to help support and advance the research interests and clinical skill sets of high achieving athletic training majors. To date, the KSF has awarded funding to numerous deserving senior athletic training majors to attend a nationally renowned sport concussion conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (spring 2017), a public health forum in Brussels, Belgium, and a Baseball Injuries course in Phoenix, AZ (both, winter 2018). The fund also supports the newly created Michael Matheny Excellence in Clinical Education Award, which we instituted to recognize our outstanding, dedicated and hard working Clinical Faculty and Preceptors.