Doctoral Scholarship Award

Francis J. George, ATC, PT

Frank George graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1962 and in 1963 he received his certificate of physical therapy from Boston University. He worked as a staff physical therapist at Fitzsimmons General Hospital from 1964-1966. In 1966 George became the Head Athletic Trainer at Brown University where he remained until his retirement in .

Frank George served as an athletic trainer for the US Olympic team at Innsbruck, Austria in 1976 and also lectured in Japan as a guest of the country. In 1980 he was the supervisor of athletic training for the winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid.

Frank George was instrumental in winning a five year struggle to bring licensure to athletic trainers in Rhode Island. He won the EATA Cramer Award in 1982 and he presented the Pinky Newell Address at the 1993 EATA Annual Meeting.

The most notable of George’s numerous positions in the NATA was a four-year term as president from 1974-1978. The preceding two years had been spent as vice president of the NATA.

Frank George was also given the NATA Distinguished service award in 1988 in recognition of his outstanding work during his five-year term as chairperson of the Grants and Scholarship committee. In 1991 he was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame.



Application and Criteria

The Francis J. George Scholarship Award will be awarded to Doctoral students (clinical as well as educational) who have displayed the same passion and commitment to the profession of athletic training as Frank did throughout his career. To this end, applicants must display a commitment to the profession through the PRACTICE of athletic training as much if not more than contributing to the science BEHIND the PRACTICE. Therefore, applicants’ actions as a practicing athletic trainer will weigh greater than their scientific achievements. Candidates who have worked as an athletic trainer as part of the assigned educational duties as graduate student (masters level or doctoral level) will be taken into consideration but will not be weighed as highly as actual employment as an athletic trainer. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate SERVICE to the PROFESSION. SERVICE to the PROFESSION can take the form of holding elected office, committee work as well as think-tank/workgroup involvement at any level within the association(s) and can include service outside of the boundaries of the EATA. Finally, only CERTIFIED athletic trainers who are in good standing with the NATA may apply.

The ideal candidate will have obtained their undergraduate degree and practiced in the field athletic training for more than a year. While working in the field of athletic training they will have volunteered their time on state and/or district committees prior to entering graduate school to earn their doctorate degree.


This application and supporting documentation must be received no later than October 1st for the following January EATA Annual Meeting.

ALL material should be EMAILED to

If you have any questions, please contact:

John Hauth
EATA Past President

• Complete all five sections 
• Include official transcripts for all graduate work
• All nomination/recommendation forms will be verified via telephone
• All application materials must be sent as an attachment through email
• NO mail in paper documents, other than transcripts, will be accepted


Download Instructions: After selecting link, save the documents (MS Word file) to your computer and complete form. Once completed, email forms to

  • Application for Candidate
  • Endorsement form for Nominating Athletic Trainer
  • Endorsement form for Head of Department


Criteria for Application

1. To be eligible for consideration an applicant shall:

  • Have been a member of the EATA for at least one year prior to the application filing deadline of October 1st.
  • Have signified his/her intention to continue academic work as a doctoral graduate student during year of award and have been judged capable of graduate study by his/her major professor, major department head, or dean of the college in which he/she is enrolled.
  • Have an overall minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 (based on a maximum of 4.0) by the time of application from all graduate coursework completed from ALL institutions attended

2. NOTE: The student’s athletic training achievements shall be weighed at least equally with his/her academic performance. Applicants must display a commitment to the profession through the PRACTICE of athletic training as much if not more than contributing to the science BEHIND the PRACTICE.

  • Have performed with distinction as a member of the athletic training program and in his/her major.
  • Intends to pursue the profession of athletic training as the means of livelihood.
  • Have conducted him/herself both on and off the field in a manner which has brought credit to him/herself, the institution, intercollegiate athletics, and the ideals and objectives of American higher education.

3. After satisfying the above requirements, consideration shall be given to the applicant’s participation in campus activities other than academic and athletic training, in which he/she has had the opportunity to demonstrate qualities of leadership and to serve as an example to fellow students.

4. Need shall not be a factor in granting EATA scholarships and awards; also, the award of assistance from other sources to an applicant will not make him/her ineligible for an EATA award.