Scholarships

OUR MISSION

The mission of the IATA is to improve the quality of healthcare in the State of Illinois through the advancement, promotion, and improvement of the athletic training profession for practicing Athletic Trainers in all settings, and to be proactive in creating effective partnerships in our communities, as well as among those interested in athletic training as a career. In addition, IATA provides a means for a free exchange of ideas for the Illinois athletic training field.

We are currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year! Please fill out the forms below for the scholarship you wish to apply for. Applications are due no later than June 30th, 2021.

Professional

The Robert C. Hamilton Scholarship

Professional athletic training students are encouraged to apply for the Hamilton Scholarship. Applicants should have a strong history of accomplishments including academics, quality clinical experiences, awards, professional involvement, etc. Students must currently be admitted to a CAATE accredited professional athletic training program, be a member of the NATA, and have an NPI Number. Applicants should complete the application and writing prompts. Applicants need 1 sponsoring athletic trainer who is a member of the NATA and has an NPI number. The sponsoring athletic trainer should submit a letter of recommendation to the IATA Vice President. The Robert C. Hamilton Award is in honor of a man that was a tremendous advocate for the profession of Athletic Training in the state of Illinois. Throughout his career Dr. Hamilton was the team physician for DePaul University, UIC, Gordon Tech HS, Taft HS, and St. Rita HS. Dr. Hamilton was instrumental in the Registration Act for Athletic Trainers, in the state of Illinois. Dr. Hamilton was also a Bronze Star recipient while in the Vietnam war. One $500 scholarship is available annually. Applications are due to the IATA Vice President by May 31st.

IATA Living Memorial Scholarship

Professional athletic training students are encouraged to apply for the Living Memorial Scholarship. Applicants should have a history of professional involvement and community service. Students must currently be admitted to a CAATE accredited professional athletic training program, be a member of the NATA, and have an NPI Number. Applicants should complete the application and writing prompts. Applicants need 1 sponsoring athletic trainer who is a member of the NATA and has an NPI number. The sponsoring athletic trainer should submit a letter of recommendation to the IATA Vice President. One $1000 scholarship will be issued annually.  Applications are due to the IATA Vice President by May 31st. Scholarship checks will be issued to the attending school, upon proof of full-time enrollment for the fall semester after the scholarship is granted.

Presidential Memorial Scholarship

Professional athletic training students are encouraged to apply for the Presidential Memorial Scholarship. Applicants should have a history of leadership and leadership developed in the profession of athletic training. Students must currently be admitted to a CAATE accredited professional athletic training program, be a member of the NATA, and have an NPI Number. Applicants should complete the application and writing prompts. Applicants need 1 sponsoring athletic trainer who is a member of the NATA and has an NPI number. The sponsoring athletic trainer should submit a letter of recommendation to the IATA Vice President. One $500 scholarship is available annually. Applications are due to the IATA Vice President by May 31st. Scholarship checks will be issued to the attending school, upon proof of full-time enrollment for the fall semester after the scholarship is granted.

Post-Professional

Graduate Scholarship

Athletic trainers who are pursuing post-professional education at the masters or doctoral level are encouraged to apply for the Graduate Scholarship. Applicants should have an idea of their research project at the time of application. Students must be a member of the NATA and have an NPI Number. Applicants should complete the application and writing prompts. Applicants need 1 sponsoring athletic trainer who is a member of the NATA and has an NPI number. The sponsoring athletic trainer should submit a letter of recommendation to the IATA Vice President. Applications are due on May 31st. One $500 scholarship is awarded annually. Scholarships will be issued to the attending school upon proof of full-time enrollment for the fall semester after the scholarship is granted.

The Dr. Richard Dominguez Memorial Scholarship

Athletic trainers who are pursuing post-professional education at the masters or doctoral level are encouraged to apply for the Presidential Memorial Scholarship. Applicants should have an idea of their research project at the time of application. Students must be a member of the NATA and have an NPI Number. Applicants should complete the application and writing prompts. Applicants need 1 sponsoring athletic trainer who is a member of the NATA and has an NPI number. The sponsoring athletic trainer should submit a letter of recommendation to the IATA Vice President. One $1000 scholarship is available annually. Applications are due to the IATA Vice President by May 31st. Scholarship checks will be issued to the attending school, upon proof of full-time enrollment for the fall semester after the scholarship is granted.

Additional Scholarships

Offspring Scholarship

High school and college students whose parent(s) are an athletic trainer in the state of Illinois are encouraged to apply for the Offspring scholarship. Applicants should be admitted to a college/university and should be able to speak to their potential area of study. All majors/areas of study are welcome. The parent of the applicant must be a member of the NATA and have an NPI Number. Applicants should complete the application and writing prompts. Applicants need 1 sponsoring athletic trainer (parent) who is a member of the NATA and has an NPI number. A letter of recommendation should be submitted to the IATA Vice President. This cannot be from the parent AT. Two $500 scholarships are available annually. Applications are due to the IATA Vice President by May 31st. Scholarship checks will be issued to the attending school, upon proof of full-time enrollment for the fall semester after the scholarship is granted.

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