Awards & Scholarships
The ATOM Scholarship and Awards Committees' main objective is to honor exemplary Certified 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 ATCs. We would also like to encourage student athletic trainers by offering two scholarships to assist them in their pursuit or their degree. The first annual scholarship was awarded at the state meeting in January 2001 and today we offer a $1,500 scholarship.
iLead Student Scholarship
ATOM believes in supporting
the upcoming generation of athletic training leaders by providing a $500
scholarship for a student to attend the NATA iLead conference. For more
information on iLead click HERE. Applications are due October 1st. Download application HERE.
A $2,500 scholarship is available to all students enrolled in a Professional Athletic Training Program who meet the following criteria.
The applicant must be a rising junior or senior.
The applicant must be enrolled in an accredited Athletic Training program leading to a Bachelors degree.
The applicant must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
The applicant must be a current member of NATA and ATOM, Inc..
It must be the intent of the applicant for that he or she pursues the profession of athletic training as a means of livelihood.
The winner will be selected based on a combination of academic achievement, character, and athletic training abilities and activities. The awards and scholarship committee will make a recommendation to the executive board based on these factors. Click HERE for application.
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.
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.
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
- Three letters of support
- For individual:
Evidence of service to profession on local, state, regional or national level
Evidence of service to patient population
Evidence of long term association with the profession of Athletic Training
Evidence of prior recognition for service and accomplishments
- For Institution, Organization or Business
Nomination Procedure Please submit a detailed letter outlining the individuals / organization’s contributions in the areas listed above, and any other information you think is pertinent. Please include the nominees name, address and place of employment. Also include your name, email address and a number where you can be reached, in case the committee needs more information. Please send to Dominique Ross by email at DominiqueMRoss@gmail.com.
Evidence of contributions made by faculty/staff, membership or employees to advancing the Athletic Training Profession
Evidence of contributions made by graduates (for institutions) to advancing the Athletic Training Profession
Evidence of long time association with the Athletic Training Profession
Sara Brown of Boston University (seated, 3rd from right) received the
Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award
from the NATA at the Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, June 2014.