#ScholarshipOfTheWeek: Breaking a Sweat and Earning a Scholarship on the Way – SHAPE America

April 4th, 2018 by Richie Kormos


StarQuest Scholarship Of The WeekDedicating your life to health and fitness is not an easy thing to do, but any dancer knows that if you dance your way through the sweat it makes it a little more fun. It’s no secret that dance is one of the most enjoyable ways to stay physically fit. Many dancers become physical therapists, personal trainers, or join some other profession in the health field. For all of those who have dedicated their life to dance or a health-related field, there’s a scholarship just for you!


The Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship is an annual scholarship sponsored by SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Education). Every year, they award a deserving undergraduate or graduate student with $1,250 or $1,750 respectively. So, if you’re currently studying dance or physical education at the undergraduate or graduate level, this scholarship is perfect for you! If you’re not, chances are you know someone who is deserving of this fantastic opportunity, so give them a shout!



How to Apply

If you’re feeling pumped and ready to apply for this scholarship, here’s all you need to know:

  • To be eligible, you must be a full-time undergraduate college student. In your junior or senior year or a graduate student.
  • The scholarship is only awarded to members of SHAPE America. But no worries, you can sign up for your membership before you apply. They’ve got lots of cool features, including a subscription to a journal. As well as access to a whole community passionate about physical health.
  • You must have a GPA of at least 3.5, without rounding up.
  • You must be majoring in the field of dance, health, or physical education


If you match all of those requirements, you’re good to go! All you need to apply is a letter from your school’s registrar or dean indicating your full-time status, three letters of recommendation, a scanned copy of your official transcripts, and a biographical sketch (or, a biosketch), which is a short biography of your achievements.



This scholarship has already been awarded for this year, butyou can keep an eye out for when the application will be available in 2018. Last year the deadline was in October, so they will likely begin accepting applications sometime in the late Summer or Fall. They will award three undergraduate students and an undetermined number of graduate students in January. They’re looking for a star candidate with leadership experience, community service history, scholastic excellence, and some great character attributes. If you think you’ve got what it takes (and we know you do), give this scholarship a shot!


Be sure to check out their website once they’re all ready to accept applicants at https://www.shapeamerica.org/scholarships/abernathyscholarship.aspx .



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Aran Abilock is a writer for StarQuest. He loves mac and cheese, theatre, and all things Pokémon!