HSHP students awarded prestigious athletic training scholarships

Three students from the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance received prestigious regional and national athletic training scholarships in late May.

Theresa Lau (AT/DPT '16) was awarded the NATA scholarship; Andrew Claypool (AT/DPT '16) received the NYSATA scholarship; and Rory Fawcett (AT/DPT '16) received the EATA scholarship.

These students did more than just get good grades in class, according to Paul Geisler, Associate Professor and Program Director for the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences. Geisler says Lau, Claypool, Fawcett approach their studies the proper way, focusing on mastering the information and improving as practitioners in their field rather than simply memorizing information to ace a test.

Geisler described Claypool as one of the brightest and most inquisitive students he’s taught at Ithaca College.

“Andrew genuinely enjoys and revels in authentic and deeper learning. Most impressively, he has excelled with the more complex and higher learning activities required in our upper level classes like Orthopedic Assessment & Medical Science,” Geisler said. “He is always supremely prepared, deeply interested, and incredibly bright.”

Lau is an active member of the Ithaca College community, participating in the Student Majors’ club (IATSA), the MLK Scholar Program, and helping with multiple community service causes including building houses on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

“She is highly motivated, process orientated and insightful student that embodies the type of student that makes my job as an educator more enjoyable and excitable," Geisler said. “When she got something ‘wrong,’ it wasn’t about the points for Theresa, but rather, it was always about the feedback she needed to correct and align her understanding.”

Fawcett is also heavily involved on campus, serving as president of the IC American Red Cross club for the past three years. She also organized blood drives for the Tompkins County community and led fundraising efforts to aid victims of the tsunami in Japan.

“Her determination and drive to know more and fully develop professionally cannot merely be represented in her impressive GPA and much academic recognition,” Geisler said. “Rory excels academically because she wants to be an outstanding and highly competent healthcare provider in the sports medicine world upon graduation from her DPT program”

Ithaca College has an impressive history of receiving athletic training scholarships. Since 1981, Ithaca College students have received a combined 67 scholarships from the NATA, NYSATA, and EATA, totaling $115,500, or an average of $1,750 per recipient.


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