Athletic training students earn regional scholarships

Scholarship recipient Adam Graham worked as a student trainer with the women’s basketball team this year.

Scholarship recipient Adam Graham worked as a student trainer with the women’s basketball team this year.

Two students in Western Carolina University’s athletic training program recently received scholarships from the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association as part of the organization’s annual symposium.

Adam Graham of Chapel Hill received the association’s Larry Sutton Postgraduate Scholarship Award. The $1,500 award is given to the outstanding graduating senior athletic training student from the Mid-Atlantic region (North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland).

Graham, who finished his studies at WCU in May, will be pursuing graduate education at Georgia Tech. A 2004 graduate of East Chapel Hill High School, he is the son of Debi Timko. He also previously received a N.C. Athletic Trainers’ Scholarship.

Susan Hays

Susan Hays

Susan Hays of Concord received an Edward Block Undergraduate Scholarship Award from the regional association. The $1,000 scholarship is given to outstanding rising senior athletic training students from the Mid-Atlantic region.

Hays is a 2005 graduate of Sun Valley High School and the daughter of Gerald and Rebecca Hays.

The awards to Graham and Hays are the latest in a string of honors won by Western’s athletic training students.

Recent WCU graduate Colin Covelli of Asheville previously received one of 30 undergraduate scholarships from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and a N.C. Athletic Trainers’ Association Scholarship. A 2004 graduate of Reynolds High School, Covelli will pursue his master’s degree this fall at Virginia Tech. He is the son of Brain and Debbie Covelli.

“Students in our program have earned an unprecedented five external scholarships in 2008,” said Jay Scifers, director of WCU’s athletic training program. “This represents the most scholarships the program has won since it was established in 2004, and places Western first in the number of awards among the 50 accredited athletic training programs in the Mid-Atlantic region.”

For more information about Western’s athletic training education program, contact Jay Scifers at (828) 227-2147 or via e-mail at