Athletic training student receives 2016 NATA Foundation Scholarship

Bethany Beuhring of the Marshall University College of Health Professions has received the 2016 National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Foundation Scholarship. She will be recognized during the Pinky Newell Scholarship and Leadership Breakfast at the NATA Convention in Baltimore Saturday, June 25.

Beuhring was one of 50 people chosen nationally to receive this award, according to Dr. Joseph Beckett, director of the college’s athletic training program.

"Bethany Beuhring was the first recipient of the ‘Outstanding Athletic Training Major Award,’ which the undergraduate athletic training program started in 2015. So, as our top overall student last year, Bethany is certainly deserving of this NATA Foundation Scholarship," Beckett said. "Because these scholarships are awarded to approximately 50 students nationally, this is a tremendous honor for Bethany and our athletic training program."

Beuhring, 23, of Williamstown, West Virginia, will receive her post-professional master’s in athletic training degree in May 2017. Beuhring said she will use the scholarship to pay for her last year in graduate school.

"The professors and clinical preceptors here have taught me everything I know about athletic training. They have given me the tools to excel as an athletic training student and a practicing Certified Athletic Trainer," Beuhring said. "After graduating with a master’s in athletic training, I hope to find a job as an athletic trainer in a clinic for a local orthopedic surgeon."

Since its creation, the NATA Foundation Scholarship program has awarded $3 million to 1,490 students. The number of scholarships varies annually (from 50 to 75), with the amount of the award currently $2,300 per scholarship. The NATA Foundation Scholarship program is one of the organization’s most highly regarded programs, according to the NATA website.

For more information about the NATA Foundation Scholarship, visit To learn more about the athletic training program housed within the College of Health Professions, visit


Photo: Bethany Beuhring is one of the 2016 NATA Foundation Scholarship award winners. She was one of 50 recipients chosen nationally for this honor.