Scholarships

The Paul Schechter Courage Award is presented annually to an outstanding student-athlete who has overcome a physical challenge to be a successful college athlete. The award is named for long-time Bulldog athletic trainer Paul Schechter.

2012 Recipient - Brooke Ortiz, Softball

Ed Ferreira "Spirit of a Bulldog" Memorial Award is presented  in honor of Ed Ferreira, Fresno State's beloved athletic trainer for 29 years. This award is presented to the Fresno State Sports Medicine team member who exhibits exceptional dedication in serving the Bulldog Family, their colleagues and their community with the highest levels of excellence.

2012 Recipient - Eric C. Hanson, MD

2017 Recipient - Dr. Mark Molthan, DC

The Dr. Thomas Thaxter Memorial Scholarship is given to the Outstanding Senior Athletic Training Student who exhibits the highest standards in academics, clinical proficiency, leadership, and dedication.

In Honor of Dr. Thomas Thaxter, Fresno State's first orthopedic team physician. Presented by Mrs. Anne Thaxter and Dr. Steven Thaxter. 

Eligibility Requirements:

1. Level 3 Athletic Training Student with the intent to pursue graduate studies that will lead to a professional career in Athletic Training
2. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to excellence both academically and clinically. NOTE: The degree of the student's athletic training education achievement shall be weighed at least equally with the degree of their athletic training performance.
3. Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.2 (based on a maximum of 4.0) for ALL undergraduate

2012 Recipient – Shannon Murphy

2011 Recipient – Kevin Bergman

2010 Recipients – Chiho Bunden, Joe Aliotti, Caitlyn Elliott

2009 Recipient – Sarah Ibanez

2008 Recipient – Krista Bayers

2007 Recipient – Reshmi Bahadur

2006 Recipient – Amber Giacamazzi

2005 Recipient – Deborah Flores

2004 Recipient – Terra Castro-Conde

2003 Recipient – Shauna Horton

2002 Recipients – Matt Borak, Brian Dallas, Akemi Katitani

2000 Recipient – Jason McCamey

1999 Recipients – Jennifer Machado, Randy Hicks

1998 Recipients – Christine LoBue, Lance Gault

1996 Recipient – Jason Durocher

The Dr. Bill Kennedy and Friends Memorial Scholarship is given to a First-Year Athletic Training Student who displays outstanding compassion and teamwork among their peers, excellence in service to Bulldog student-athletes and their colleagues. It also benefits the student that displays these qualities and has a financial need to complete their education. This scholarship provides full in-state tuition for their senior year.

In Honor of Dr. William Kennedy, long time Fresno State team physician. Presented by Mrs. Carole Kennedy and the Kennedy Family. 

Eligibility Requirements:

1. Level 2 Athletic Training Student who exemplifies compassion and teamwork.
2. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, e.g. eligibility for federal funding for
disadvantaged students such as a Pell Grant.
3. Applicants must be in good academic standing with the university and Athletic Training Education Curriculum (based on the criteria for the AT curriculum and University).
4. Applicants must be in good clinical standing. (based on clinical evaluations).

2012 Recipient – Ashley Pollard

2011 Recipient – Devery Ortiz

2010 Recipient – Janet Lin

2009 Recipient – Miguel Piedra

2008 Recipient – Ashley Wills

Dr. Birger Johnson Memorial Scholarship Award
In Honor of Dr. Birger Johnson, Fresno State’s first athletic trainer. Presented by the Crosby Family
This award is given to the first year athletic training student who demonstrates a passion for learning and strives to deliver the finest care with compassion.

Eligibility Requirements:

1. Level 2 Athletic Training Student who demonstrates a passion for learning, works towards excellence both clinically and in the classroom and strives to deliver the finest care with compassion.
2. Applicants must be in good academic standing with the university and Athletic Training Education Curriculum (based on the criteria for the AT curriculum and University).
3. Applicants must be in good clinical standing. (based on clinical evaluations).

The Paul Schechter Excellence Award
Presented by the Crosby Family in Honor of Paul Schechter, Fresno State's long time Head Athletic Trainer from 1973-2002. This award is given to the athletic training student who demonstrates compassion and a commitment to leadership through his/her service to others. This athletic training student is one who works hard at learning the "art" of athletic training and does so in a manner that honors Paul Schechter and the example he has set for so many in the field of Sports Medicine.

Eligibility Requirements:

1. Open to either a first year or second year Athletic Training Student who demonstrates compassion and a commitment to leadership through his/her service to others. This athletic training student is one who works hard at learning the "art" of athletic training and does so in a manner that honors Paul Schechter and the example he has set for so many in the field of Sports Medicine.
2. Applicants must be in good academic standing with the university and Athletic Training Education Curriculum (based on the criteria for the AT curriculum and University).
3. Applicants must be in good clinical standing. (based on clinical evaluations).