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The success of the Athletic Training Program is directly related to the continued support from our Alumni and Community. 

We appreciate and thank you for your generosity in making this Program one of the best in the country! 

Woods Excellence in Athletic Training Award

Doug and Linda Woods have served the students of Grand Valley State University for over thirty years. For the majority of the time, Doug provided health care to the student-athletes as the athletic department’s Head Athletic Trainer. In 1978 Doug developed a curriculum for educating athletic training students. For eighteen years, Doug was the GVSU softball coach until his recent retire in 2014. Linda has provided educational support to the students through her work as a reference librarian at the Zumberge Library. 

In honor of Doug and Linda, the Woods Scholarships are awarded to the athletic training students in appreciation of their academic success and dedication to Grand Valley’s athletic training department. Two, four thousand dollar scholarships are granted to the successful applicants.

Todd Jager Memorial Graduate Athletic Training Student Award

To honor the memory of Todd Jager, Grand Valley’s Head Athletic Trainer for 10 years, family and friends have created the Todd Jager Memorial Graduate Athletic Training Student Award Endowment fund. It was created in spring of 2008 to assist graduate students pursuing a career in college athletic training. Todd spent his college and professional years in college athletics and recognized the significant dedication and determination involved to pursue this profession. It is fitting that Todd’s battle with brain cancer required similar dedication and determination to continue to do what he loved, which was to provide medical care for college athletes.

This scholarship will provide financial support to outstanding graduate students working as a graduate assistant in Grand Valley State University’s Intercollegiate Athletic Department who demonstrate the values, character and perseverance that Todd worked so hard to embody.

Athletic Training Student Excellence Scholarship

Iota Tau Alpha is an Athletic Training Education Honor Society.  About 14 years ago, GVSU created a chapter whose faculty advisor is Dr. Brian Hatzel.  Over those years, students have raised over $30,000.  In 2019, the members of Iota Tau Alpha have decided to turn those funds into a scholarship titled the Athletic Training Student Excellence Scholarship. This scholarship purpose is to support a student in the Master of Athletic Training Program who has excelled in the academic, clinical and leadership aspects of the program and plans to pursue a career in athletic training.

Dan Chappell `85 Athletic Training Memorial Scholarship

This fund was established in memory of Dan Chappell `85 to assist students pursuing their Masters in Athletic Training at GVSU.  Dan Chappell graduated with a teaching degree in physical education and athletic training from GVSU. Dan spent the next 35 years at East Kentwood High School. Not only was Dan an athletic trainer for East Kentwood but he was also a long time preceptor for the GVSU Athletic Training Program.

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