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 is designed to honor the work and service to the profession Frank demonstrated throughout his career.

The Francis J. George Scholarship Award will be presented to a Doctoral student (clinical as well as educational) who has 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 scholarship and/or teaching achievements. Candidates who have worked as an athletic trainer as part of the assigned educational duties as a graduate student (post-professional master's degree 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 workgroup involvement at any level within the association(s) and can include service outside of the boundaries of the EATA.

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.
  • Be an NATA member in good standing at the time of application and award.
  • Have a valid NPI number.
  • Have completed one full semester of doctoral studies at time of application.
  • 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.
  • Have performed with distinction as a member of the athletic training program and in his/her program of study.
  • Have the intention of pursuing the profession of athletic training as the means of livelihood.
  • Have conducted themself both on and off the field in a manner which has brought credit to themselves, the institution, the practice of athletic training and the ideals and objectives of American higher education.

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

Application Instructions


This application and supporting documentation must be received no later than October 1st prior to the upcoming EATA Annual Meeting held in January.  Applications for a January 2023 Award are due by October 1, 2022.

  1. Nominations shall be restricted to students who have been EATA members for at least one year prior to the filing deadline of October 1st.
  2. There are three (3) sections of the Award Application to be completed:
  3. Candidates are responsible for the completion of all sections of the application by October 1st.

IMPORTANT: All application materials must be submitted online via the associated link/s to be considered for the Frank George Scholarship Award.  Do not mail or email any documentation.