Scholarships Committee

Committee Mission & Members

District 8 Student Scholarship Application

DUE DATE:  May 15th, 2021

The 2021 FWATA Student Scholarship Applications will open for submissions on March 1st and will close May 15th. The FWATA Scholarships Committee developed a new application process for District 8 athletic training students different from NATA and previous years. Amid 2021, students now have the ability to submit an application fully online via Google Forms. We would like to make this our standard application method going forward, but will be accepting either method this year as a transition period.

*Please note that submitting an application for an undergraduate or graduate scholarship through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA Research & Education Foundation) NO LONGER automatically places the applicant eligible for a FWATA scholarship. The student applicant must now submit separate applications for a FWATA ($1,500 award) and NATA ($2,300 award) scholarship.

The Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association currently sponsors ten scholarships to support student membership available to athletic training students within District 8. Recipients of each scholarship receive a $1500.00 monetary award and a plaque. An additional certificate is also presented to the nominating certified athletic trainer of each scholarship recipient. All of the awards are given in order to continue promoting the education and profession of athletic training, as well as recognize some of the outstanding students who represent the future of the Athletic Training profession. Four of the current scholarships are given in memory of individuals who contributed greatly to the growth and success of the profession of Athletic Training.

Here are some testimonials from previous FWATA Scholarship Recipients in which they discuss the award’s impact on their personal, educational and professional journey.

“I was fortunate to receive the Lewis Crowl (may he rest in peace) Scholarship in 2018 when i was an undergraduate student at San Jose State University. As a first-generation student of color, it was already a financial challenge to put myself through school. The FWATA Scholarship Committee helped cover some tuition, transportation to my clinical sites, and my student liability insurance. It was an easy application process and even today, I strongly encourage students to apply!” – Celene Estrada, MS, ATC San Jose State University

“I was blessed to receive a FWATA Scholarship! The Award helped me relocate to Eugene, OR so that I could pursue my post professional master’s degree. It also gave me financial security during my first weeks as my graduate assistantship did not start right away. I am forever grateful to the FWATA Scholarships Committee!
– Brandee Barbee, MS, ATC Cal State Fullerton

“Earning a FWATA scholarship jump started my career in performing arts medicine. I utilized the scholarship to get me to a Performing Arts Medicine Association Symposium where I not only learned dancer specific techniques and treatments, but also networked with clinicians in performing arts medicine (which landed me two jobs!). I am so grateful for the support to be able to attend that symposium, because it changed the course of my career!” – Sandra Harris, MS, ATC Chapman University

“As a rising junior in my class, I was fortunate to be awarded the Felix Rivera Memorial Scholarship. Without the guidance of my mentors and the amazing athletic trainers involved in FWATA, I would not have known about the scholarship. My plan then is the same as it is now: preparing to begin graduate school with the help of the awards!” – Oscar Lopez-Huerta, LAT, ATC University of Nevada, Las Vegas

“The FWATA Scholarship was definitely a blessing while I was traveling for my summer internship and it also helped me connect/reconnect with other scholarship recipients from that year!” – Ruthy Carmona, MS, ATC Cal Baptist University

“The honor of being a multiple recipient of a FWATA Scholarship was a huge deal to me. I made it a routine to look forward to applying each year. With the support I received from the scholarships, I was financially prepared to enter graduate school. I am grateful for how the district has supported my journey as a student. My goal is to encourage students I come across in my career to apply for this scholarship opportunity.” – Jesse Williams, MS, ATC Cal State Fullerton

Please select ONE of the following options to submit your application for 2021

NOTE: Once started, form must be submitted at time of completion, there is no “Save & Finish Later” Option. You will be able to upload transcript and resume to form before submission.

  • OPTION 2: Email completed PDF application to Committee Chair. All attachments must be submitted as individual .pdf files under one email in the following format

Applicant Name: John Smith
General Application: JSmith_GA.pdf
Resume: JSmith_Resume.pdf
Unofficial Transcript: JSmith_UTranscript.pdf

ALL Rec Letters must be submitted by sponsor directly to Scholarship Committee Chair via Email

Scholarship applications are due and must be received in full via email or submitted online by April 3rd, 2021.

Click here for FWATA Scholarship Application



CATA Scholarship | Community College Student

Felix Rivera Memorial Scholarship | Undergraduate Student

Gail Weldon Memorial Scholarship | Undergraduate Student

Jerry Lloyd Memorial Scholarship | Undergraduate Student

Lewis Crowl Scholarship | Undergraduate Student

Bill Chambers Scholarship Endowment | Undergraduate or Graduate Student

Daniel D. Arnheim Scholarship | Graduating Senior or Graduate Student

Julie Max Scholarship | Graduating Senior or Graduate Student

HATA Scholarship | Graduate student from Hawaii or registered in a program in Hawaii

Mark Ando & Ito Family Scholarship | Undergraduate or Graduate Student of Asian Descent

Scott Sailor Scholarship | Undergraduate or Graduate Student

(2018:left to right) Juan Cuevas Scholarships Committee Chair, Sienna Antolin – Mark Ando and Ito Family Scholarship, Jesse Williams – HATA Scholarship, Sandra Godinez – CATA Student Scholarship, Celine Grace Estrada – Lewis Crowl Scholarship, Andee Monterone – Jerry Lloyd Memorial Scholarship, Haley Chizuk – Bill Chambers Scholarship, Brandee Barbee – Julie Max Scholarship, Kumiko Hashida – Felix Rivera Memorial Scholarship, Samuel Arnold – Gail Weldon Memorial Scholarship and Bill Chambers, FWATA Scholarships Committee Member

2020 Scholarship Winners

Hailey Jade Tuesday (University of Hawai’i): Lewis Crowl Scholarship
Grace Davis (University of Idaho): Jerry Lloyd Memorial Scholarship
Melissa Ramos (California Baptist University): CATA Scholarship
Ashley Marie Sink (University of LaVerne): Scott Sailor Scholarship
Joanna Janell Brazzle (University of LaVerne): Julie Max Scholarship
Derek Beeler (University of Hawai’i): Bill Chambers Endowment Scholarship
Josh Batshoun (University of Nevada, Las Vegas): Felix Rivera Memorial Scholarship
Claire Arellano (University of the Pacific): Gail Weldon Memorial Scholarship
Kevan Murgia (California State University, Long Beach): Daniel D Arnheim Scholarship
Jamie Choi Chee Sardinha (University of Hawai’i): Mark Ando and Ito Family Scholarship
Azumi Koyama (University of Hawai’i): HATA Scholarship

Brenda Valdez Nava

Committee Chair

College of the Desert Sports Medicine
Briotix Health Industrial Sports Medicine

Juan Cuevas

Committee Member

Co- Head Athletic Trainer
Fullerton College Sports Medicine

William Chambers



Elizabeth Pateta


Reno Orthopedic Clinic

Yukiya Oba


University of Hawai’i

Mark D’Anza


Durango High School
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Far West Athletic Trainers Association