The seventh annual Lawrence A. Golding Student Health/Fitness Scholarship winners will be honored during a keynote session at ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in Las Vegas, NV, on March 27 to 30. The recipients, Stephanie Clark from the University of South Florida (USF) and Jennifer Eisler from Colorado State University (CSU), each will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
The scholarship, awarded in honor of Lawrence A. Golding, Ph.D., FACSM, was created to publicly recognize undergraduate students who have made significant contributions to their communities in health, fitness, and/or education. The annual scholarship is underwritten by Healthy LearningTM and awards a $1,000 scholarship to two undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year.
Clark, a senior, is in her last undergraduate semester in the Exercise Science Program at USF. “My family has inspired me to pursue the path of health and fitness because, at a young age, they demonstrated to me the importance of a healthy active lifestyle. I now not only implement my passions for health and wellness in my education but also in my participation in collegiate sports,” said Clark, a member of USF’s Women’s Cross Country and Track team.
Clark has plans to attend graduate school and focus on kinesiology. “Ideally, I want to be able to work with athletes and educate them on the mechanics of their body in order to better their performance,” she explained.
Clark said that winning the Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship gives her the opportunity to not only further her studies in the health field but also allows her to represent USF at ACSM’s Summit.
JoAnn Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, professor and coordinator of exercise science at USF, who nominated Clark, had this to say, “Stephanie has been a true leader in our exercise science program. Her stellar performance in academics, research, and service has been recognized highly by all of us on the USF exercise science faculty as well as many others. Stephanie has a great deal of passion toward helping others achieve their health/fitness goals and is very committed to serving our profession. I believe she will become a well-known leader and contributor in the health/fitness field and will make every effort to emulate Dr. Golding — the consummate professional.”
Eisler, a junior studying health promotion at CSU, credited her family as her inspiration as well. “My family has inspired me to pursue the path of health and fitness because no one in my extended family has participated regularly in exercise nor fully understood the importance of health,” Eisler explained. “After seeing the struggles of cancer, CVD, and other health-related issues, I decided that the best way to defend myself, my future family, and the lives of my friends was to educate and change the way new generations feel about health.”
Eisler’s experience certainly spans the age spectrum. She recently coached 30 children in the first season of fall soccer at an elementary school in her hometown of Firestone, CO, and completed her first semester practicum where she served as a student trainer to an older adult through the Adult Fitness Program at CSU in Fort Collins, CO. “My ideal job would be to work with young students in the public education system, teaching them about the importance of physical activity and bringing their attention to how it can be beneficial in preventing and treating disease, as well as mentally and emotionally fulfilling,” said Eisler.
Eisler said that winning the Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship means a great deal to her and believes that it will help her achieve her goals of furthering her education in the field of health. She said she also looks forward to attending the Summit and learning from the presenters.
Kellie Walters, M.S., director of Adult Fitness at CSU, who nominated Eisler for the scholarship, said, “Jennifer is the type of student every teacher dreams of working with. In addition to her academic achievements, genuine character, and drive to succeed, she understands the importance of bridging the gap between science and application, making her an excellent ambassador for ACSM and the Department of Health and Exercise Science at CSU. I look forward to Jennifer’s future successes as I am positive her efforts will have a significant impact on the future of the exercise science field.”
Lawrence A. Golding has been a member of ACSM since 1961 and has been a professional in the field of kinesiology and physical education for more than 50 years. Dr. Golding is the founding editor in chief of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® and was the chairperson of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit Program Planning Committee for 12 years. To learn more about the Lawrence A. Golding Student Health/Fitness Scholarship, visit http://www.acsm.org/about-acsm/student-corner.