GVSU Health and Physical Education Awards

There are a variety of awards that are available each year to physical education majors. This criteria for each award is listed below: 

GVSU Major of the Year

  • 3.5 GPA and 85 credit hours completed
  • Involvement with campus/major activities
  • Candidate will be chosen by Health and Physical Education faculty
  • Awards Event takes place in April of each year

SHAPE (Society for Health and Physical Educators) MICHIGAN Major of the Year (2 awards given): The purpose of this award is to recognize students that are high achieving in academics and in the health and physical education community.

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must be Jr. or Sr. status
  • Must be a member or willing to join SHAPE MICHIGAN
  • Must show written record of  service (see below) to school and/or community  for a minimum of two years 
  • This scholarship is competitive
  • See the website for more info on this award: https://www.shapemichigan.us/shape-awards

Midwest SHAPE: The Outstanding Student Award recognizes an undergraduate student who has displayed distinctive leadership and meritorious service to his/her profession of health, physical education, recreation, dance and/or sport.

Candidates shall be a current member of SHAPE America and shall be a current member of SHAPE Michigan.

Candidates shall have declared an undergraduate major in health, physical education, recreation, dance and/or sport or be currently enrolled in a professional preparation curriculum in content areas included as a part of the divisional structure of Midwest District, and be attending a college or university in Midwest District at the time of application for the award.

Candidates shall be recommended for award consideration by one of their college or university instructors and shall display distinctive leadership and meritorious service to their profession. Examples of types of meritorious contribution are as follows:

  • Serves as a positive role model epitomizing personal health and enjoyment of physical activity;
  • Displays distinctive leadership to the profession (i.e., college or university student organization, state affiliate activities);
  • Exhibits meritorious service to the profession (i.e., community, college or university, state affiliate); and
  • Participates in professional development opportunities (i.e., attends and/or presents at meetings, workshops, conferences, etc.).

See website for more information on this award: https://www.shapeamerica.org/about/districts/midwest/awards/student_award.aspx
Application Deadline: September 15

SHAPE America (NASPE) Major of the Year: Celebrates outstanding undergraduate students in the fields health, physical education, recreation, and dance

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must be Jr. or Sr. status
  • Must be a member or willing to join SHAPE America/NASPE
  • Must show written record of  service (see below) to school and/or community for a minimum of two years
  • This award will be decided by Physical Education Faculty and we submit your name to SHAPE America
  • See website for more info on this award: http://www.shapeamerica.org/