The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and California University of Pennsylvania (CalU) are seeking high-achieving applicants interested in health and fitness careers for the Pursuit of Excellence in Health and Fitness Award.
This scholarship award, valued at more than $15,000, provides four recipients with full graduate tuition to pursue a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion through NASM and CalU’s online education program. The curriculum includes four Internet-based specialization tracks for students: fitness and wellness, performance enhancement and injury prevention, rehabilitation science, and sports psychology.
NASM, the global leader in personal trainer certification, corrective exercise and sports performance training, and CalU have sponsored this scholarship award since 2005. Their goal is to provide active and aspiring health and fitness professionals with opportunities to advance their careers through accredited online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Recipients have received more than $300,000 in tuition grants from NASM and CalU since the award was created.
“NASM strongly emphasizes academic excellence for professionals who are working to be leaders in the health and fitness, athletic performance and sports medicine industries,” said NASM President Andrew Wyant. “The Pursuit of Excellence in Health and Fitness Award rewards students who desire to further their education with longtime partner CalU and our industry-leading, online exercise science degree programs.”
Dan Cordell, a 2011 recipient, said he made a personal goal to receive the Pursuit of Excellence in Health and Fitness Award after earning the NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification in 2004. A personal trainer with seven NASM specializations, Cordell completed his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management-Fitness and Wellness from CalU in 2010. After receiving the Pursuit of Excellence scholarship, he earned his master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion in December.
“NASM and CalU provided me with a holistic approach to health and fitness that I believe in and enables me to advance professionally,” Cordell said. “I’m engaged in creating health prevention and personal fitness strategies for underserved populations that will increase their fitness and wellness levels. I’m grateful for the scholarship and this opportunity to give back to people who want to be healthier and more active.”
Applicants for the Pursuit of Excellence in Health and Fitness Award must possess a bachelor’s degree and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all undergraduate and graduate courses to date; plan to enroll in a CalU online master’s degree program for the January 2013 start date; and intend to pursue a primary professional career in the health and fitness industry. Completed application packets for the 2013 Pursuit of Excellence in Health and Fitness Award must be postmarked by Nov. 10, 2012. To learn more or to download an application, visit www.NASM.org/pursuitofexcellence.