AWARDS / SCHOLARSHIPS
The ATOM Scholarship and Awards Committee’s primary objective is to honor exemplary Certified Professional and Student Athletic Trainers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for their valued service and accomplishments. The committee helps recognize the extraordinary contributions to the profession by ATs.
ATOM is dedicated to supporting athletic training students in the Commonwealth by offering two scholarships to assist them in the pursuit of their degree. The first annual student scholarship was awarded at the state meeting in January 2001 and today ATOM is now proud to offer two $2500 scholarships in conjunction with NATA District 1.
To be eligible for ATOM scholarships, individuals must:
● Be a current ATOM member
● Possess an NPI Number
● Be enrolled in a CAATE accredited athletic training program leading to BOC certification
● Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
ATOM College Scholarship
A $2,500 scholarship is awarded annually to an athletic training student who is currently enrolled in a CAATE accredited professional athletic training program in the state of Massachusetts, who has a strong intent of pursuing athletic training as a means of livelihood. Applicants will be evaluated primarily on their academic achievement and commitment to growth within the athletic training profession. They should show a commitment to advanced learning through opportunities outside of mandatory coursework—conferences, research, volunteer work, etc.
The recipient of the ATOM College Scholarship will be selected based on a combination of academic achievement, character, and athletic training abilities and activities. The Awards/Scholarship Committee will make a recommendation to the executive board based on these factors. Materials will be accepted on a rolling basis, but are due no later than October 31st. Click HERE for the application.
D1 Charles J. Redmond Scholarship
Charles J. Redmond is a name synonymous with Athletic Training here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Charlie has been recognized at the state, regional and national levels for his outstanding work ethic and service in moving the profession of Athletic Training forward. Charlie’s resume of service to the profession spans the current pillars of the strategic alliance, having served on the NATA Board of Directors from 1986-1992, the NATA Education Council Clinical Education Committee from 1998-2003, and as a previous member of the board of directors of the NATA Research and Education Foundation. Charlie has been recognized as a NATA Distinguished Athletic Trainer, as well as being inducted into both the ATOM and NATA Hall of Fame.
Charlie Redmond has been a part of the fabric of Springfield College for well over 45 years where he received his BS and master’s degree. Charlie has served in various roles at the college having been named head athletic trainer and professor of physical education at Springfield College in 1969. As a head athletic trainer, Charlie oversaw the care of the college’s student-athletes for nearly two decades before relinquishing the position in 1988. In 1985, Redmond was named the head of the college’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP), before taking over as Chair of the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies in 1994. In 2004, Charlie served as the Distinguished Professor of Humanics for the College and in June of 2008, became the Dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Throughout his career, Charlie has always remained student-centered, having mentored and educated countless AT students here in the Commonwealth.
In recognition of Charles J Redmond and his commitment to education and the athletic training field, a $2,500 scholarship is available to a student who is currently enrolled in a CAATE accredited professional athletic training program in the state of Massachusetts that best demonstrates the characteristics of responsibility, leadership and service. Responsibility: the individual demonstrates the ability to self-reflect and take responsibility for their behaviors and actions. Leadership: the individual demonstrates the ability to work effectively individually or in a group. Service: the individual demonstrates willingness to work with others and make people’s lives better.
Letters of recommendation should reflect on the qualities of responsibility, leadership and service as defined above. The Awards/Scholarship Committee will make a recommendation to the executive board based on these factors. Materials will be accepted on a rolling basis, but are due no later than October 31st. Click HERE for the application.
* AT students are eligible to receive a single ATOM scholarship in their academic career. Need shall not be a factor in the granting of this scholarship. AT students receiving assistance from other sources are still eligible for these scholarships.
**Individuals may apply for multiple scholarships in a given year, but are only eligible to receive a single scholarship. Considerations will be made separately for each scholarship.
*** Each nominating Licensed/Certified Athletic Trainer may submit no more than a total of two nominations, regardless of scholarship category—nomination forms are available here:
ATOM/Collins Sports Medicine High School Athletic Training Grants
Two $1,000 grants are available to assist athletic trainers working in the secondary school setting. The application consists of a letter explaining the current program needs and ideas of what would be purchased with the money to improve the current situation. This is a joint grant with Collins Sports Medicine. The recipients are notified in December and the official presentation is done in January at the EATA Annual Meeting. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but are due no later than October 31st. Click HERE to apply.
Call for nominations are posted on the website and in the newsletter in the summer or early fall. Nominations are due no later than October 31st. Recipients are notified in December and the official presentation of awards is done at the EATA Annual Meeting in January.
ATOM AT of the Year
The ATOM AT of the Year award recognizes an individual (or group of individuals) for their extraordinary contribution to the field of athletic training in a given year. The award is given to a Massachusetts athletic trainer who, over the past year, has gone above and beyond the call of duty in promoting and improving our profession, all while performing their normal duties as an athletic trainer. To nominate a deserving ATOM member CLICK HERE.
● Eligible for anyone in good standing with ATOM, including retired ATCs
● Should show dedication/service to the athletic training profession above the call of duty
● Consideration to any notable service to the NATA at the State, District, or National Level.
ATOM Rising Leader Award
The ATOM Rising Leader Award aims to recognize an athletic training professional who is early in their career—12 years certified or less—who is a member of ATOM and has made outstanding contributions to their patients, community and the profession of athletic training. Evidence of leadership and service to the profession—particularly at the state level—will be considered. The ideal candidate is professional, dedicated and held in high regard by their peers for their qualities and contributions as an athletic trainer. To nominate a deserving ATOM professional CLICK HERE.
● ATOM member in first 12 years of certification
○ early professional (0-6)
○ career advancement (7-12)
● Evidence of service to profession on local, state, regional or national level
● Evidence of advocating for the athletic training profession
● Evidence of service to patient population
● Evidence of professional development
ATOM President’s Award
The ATOM President's Award is presented at the discretion of the ATOM Executive Council, in order to honor an ATOM member who has demonstrated excellence in the practice of Athletic Training through dedication, selflessness, hard work and their contribution to the mission of the Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts.
ATOM Brian M. FitzGerald Public Service Award
The ATOM Brian M. FitzGerald Public Service Award recognizes an outstanding individual or group in the athletic training community who has advocated for the profession at the local, state or district level through public relations, promotional media, legislative efforts or government involvement.
● Recipients may be Athletic Trainers, state or local public office holders or any individual or group that has publicly advocated, supported and promoted the athletic training profession.
ATOM Service Award
Service awards are given to ATOM Board Members, Committee Members and/or other members in recognition of dedicated service to ATOM and the Athletic Training profession in Massachusetts.
Koko Kassabian Service Award
This award is given in honor of Kerkor Kassabian, who has since passed away. His name is synonymous with the field of athletic training in New England. He was elected to the ATOM Hall of Fame for his many accomplishments in that discipline and the contributions he made to the profession through teaching. Kassabian, the head athletic trainer at Northeastern from 1953 to 1965, was a member of the National Trainer's Association Hall of Fame, and an Associate Professor of Health, Sport and Leisure at the University, where he also directed the athletic training curriculum. A fixture at Northeastern since his undergraduate days in the late 1940's, Kassabian was a guiding force in the general area of Physical Education and a prime force behind the mushroom athletic training field, a tremendously popular one at Northeastern.
Through three decades of Athletic Training at Northeastern, Kassabian lent his expertise and experience to many different organizations, both public and private. Kassabian was an Athletic Trainer with the old Boston Olympics (1948-1951), Head Athletic Trainer for the Lowell Giants Football team (1967-68), City of Newton Pop Warner (1970-76), and Newton North High School (1970-71). He also was elected to innumerable professional offices: Eastern Athletic Trainers Association, Vice President 1957, President 1958; Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts, President 1978; United Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts, Director, 1974-76; Mass. Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Vice President, 1966, President 1972. To nominate a deserving ATOM member
● This award may be granted to an individual, institution, organization or business who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment of serving the physically active population through their association with the Athletic Training Profession.
● 15 years of service
● For individual:
o Evidence of service to profession on local, state, regional or national level
o Evidence of service to patient population
o Evidence of long-term association with the profession of Athletic Training
o Evidence of prior recognition for service and accomplishments
● For Institution, Organization or Business
o Evidence of contributions made by faculty/staff, membership or employees to advancing the Athletic Training Profession
o Evidence of contributions made by graduates (for institutions) to advancing the Athletic Training Profession
o Evidence of long-time association with the Athletic Training Profession
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