MVC Athletic Training Student Receives National Scholarship

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Tarrah Sweet

Tarrah Sweet, of Roswell, N.M., a junior athletic training student at Missouri Valley College, has been awarded a National Athletic Training Association Research and Education Foundation Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The NATA Research and Education Foundation distributes endowed scholarships to select junior athletic training students who are enrolled in accredited athletic training programs and possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2. This scholarship program is considered one of the most prestigious awards given in the field of athletic training.

"I received a text message that read 'congratulations -- check your e-mail if you do not know what I am congratulating you for' from one of my professors Friday morning," Tarrah said. "When I read the e-mail from the NATA Research and Education Foundation I was elated that I was selected."

Sweet began her athletic training education at Missouri Valley College in the fall of 2012 after transferring from Eastern New Mexico University via Iowa Western Community College. She graduated Iowa Western Community College in 2011 with an associate's degree in sports medicine.

Since August 2012, Sweet has been on the Missouri Valley College fall and spring dean's list, a Heart of America Athletic Conference Second Team All-Conference selection as a volleyball setter and was featured in the November 2012 NATA News Student Spotlight for her ability to succeed in academics and athletics. She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in athletic training and a minor in exercise science.

"Very few individuals can positively impact a college in only one year and Tarrah is one of those unique individuals," said Athletic Training Program Director Dr. Karla Bruntzel. "In her short time at Missouri Valley College, Tarrah has contributed to the athletic training program, the women's volleyball team, and the overall campus community. Tarrah will represent the NATA Research and Education Foundation extremely well."

Out of the 31 undergraduate scholarships distributed by the NATA Research and Education Foundation this year, Sweet was the only recipient from NATA District five (Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota) and was only one of a handful of recipients from small institutions to be selected for this distinguished scholarship program.

Sweet will officially receive her award at the Pinky Newell Scholarship and Leadership breakfast Thursday, June 27, 2013, in conjunction with the 64th NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in Las Vegas, Nev.