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Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship


Three award for undergraduate students and two for graduate students in January of each year. Must be majoring in the field of health, physical education, recreation or dance. Undergraduate awards are in the amount of $1,250 each and graduate awards are in the amount of $1,750 each. Recipients also receive a complimentary three-year SHAPE America membership. Applicant must be current member of SHAPE America

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  • CheckmarkMust be a graduate student
  • CheckmarkMust attend a university or a four-year college
  • CheckmarkMinimum 3.5 GPA
  • CheckmarkMust not be attending high school currently
  • CheckmarkMust study full-time
  • CheckmarkRestricted to students studying Recreation, Parks, Leisure Studies, Sports-Related/Exercise Science

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Contact Patti Hartle
Executive Administrator
Tel: 703-476-3405 Address 1900 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191