The award honors a select number of students whose academic and leadership records are distinctive. These students, who were nominated by faculty, have demonstrated an exceptional interest in the field of kinesiology by undertaking independent or guided research, assuming leadership positions and volunteering to serve in various kinesiology-related endeavors.
Phelps, of Corfu, N.Y., was the Outstanding Graduate of PBA’s School of Education and Behavioral Studies. She majored in athletic training with a concentration in exercise science.
She graduated with a 3.96 GPA and has been involved in athletic training for the PBA baseball, softball, volleyball and men’s soccer teams. She also assisted in training for local high school and college teams.
Phelps has represented PBA as a presidential ambassador since 2008. She has been a youth soccer coach, an elementary school small group leader in her church, a medical volunteer at the Walt Disney World Marathon and a holiday assistant for the Salvation Army.
She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida.
This is the second year that the AKA National Undergraduate Scholar Awards have been presented. The AKA, an organization of more than 120 kinesiology departments housed in colleges and universities nationwide, promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified field of study and works to advance its many applications.