Chuck Kimmel First-Time Attendee Award

To help more students attend the NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo, the NATA Student Leadership Committee is now offering the Chuck Kimmel First-Time Attendee Award. This award will provide a total of $2,000 in award money to two to four athletic training students who have never attended the annual NATA convention. Chuck Kimmel First-Time Attendee Award applications will be accepted between Feb. 15 and April 15. Submit applications to



The purpose of this policy is to set criteria for the NATA-SLC budgeted fund for applicants of the First-Time Attendee National Convention Award.


Award Criteria

  • The applicant must be self-nominated.
  • A junior or senior level (Undergraduate) or first or second year (Entry Level Master’s) athletic training student prior to the application deadline.
  • Must currently be enrolled in a CAATE accredited athletic training program and in good standing within their athletic training program.
  • Application materials must be completed entirely. Incomplete applications will not continue through the selection process.
  • Application materials submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
  • Program director verification form completed by the athletic training program director is required.
  • Must be an NATA member in good standing at least two months prior to the award deadline.
  • Recipients will be selected by the NATA-SLC and notified by the NATA-SLC outreach chair by May 1st of the deadline year.
  • Award recipients MUST attend the NATA-SLC Student Reception in the Cramer Lounge during the annual convention to receive the award money.


Selection Criteria

  • Applications will be scored on a point system. The maximum amount of points available will be 40 points.
  • All applications will begin the review process no early than the day of the application deadline.
  • Completed application (program director verification form, letter of recommendation, completed sections within the application) in PDF format, emailed to the NATA-SLC Outreach Chair no later than the established deadline. (0-10 points)
  • Overall presentation of application materials (neatness, spelling/grammatical errors). (0-5 points)
  • Overall GPA of no lower than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (0-5 points)
  • Commitment to athletic training; is athletic training his/her intended career? (0-5 points)
  • Professional involvement will be reviewed. (0-5 points)
  • Community involvement will be reviewed. (0-5 points)
  • Quality of letter of recommendation (recommend, highly recommended, recommended without reservation) will be reviewed. (0-5 points)



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