Jack Cramer Scholarship


About Jack Cramer

John F. (Jack) Cramer, son of company co-founder Frank Cramer, was a man with a passion for athletic training. Born in 1918, Jack grew up in Gardner, Kansas, and attended Kansas State University where he was assigned the duties of head athletic trainer-while still a student! Jack spent his entire career with Cramer Products, Inc., starting in the early 1940s. He worked in sales, promotions, and advertising, and served as chairman of the board for 20 years. For many years, Jack demonstrated his creative abilities by contributing articles and sketches to Cramer Products' First Aider newsletter.But Jack's passion for his profession went way beyond the walls of Cramer Products.His home was always open to athletic trainers traveling through the area, and he was known as a one-man job placement center. He always knew what athletic training jobs were available across the country, and knew which athletic trainers wanted to move or change jobs. Jack was considered a pioneer in the field of athletic training and sports injury care. In 1982, he was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, and he was a founder and honorary member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.Jack Cramer died August 5, 2004, at the age of 86. His memory lives on at Cramer Products, Inc., through the standards that he set for quality, service and innovation. It is our privilege to offer a scholarship in the name of this man who dedicated a lifetime to the profession of athletic training.



The winner of the Jack Cramer Scholarship will receive:

  • $2,000 scholarship
  • Two round trip flights for the winner and one parent/guardian to attend NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo
  • One night hotel during NATA Clinical Sympoisa & AT Exp
  • Student registration to NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo: registration allows the winning student to attend all student-related events and educational sessions. The winner will also be formally recognized during the Secondary School session at convention.

Additionally, the supervising AT of the Jack Cramer Scholarship winner will receive a gift from Cramer Products as a token of appreciation to your dedication to educating young people about athletic training.



To be eligible for consideration an applicant shall:

  • Be a senior in a secondary school.
  • Have established an overall minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (based on a maximum of 4.0) or its equivalent by the time of application.
  • Applied to a university offering an athletic training education program providing eligibility to sit for NATA BOC examination upon matriculation.
  • Be sponsored by an Athletic Trainer who is a current member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and is practicing within their state athletic training statutes if applicable.
  • Have accumulated a minimum of 200 hours of volunteering and observing in a secondary school athletic training room setting under the direct supervision of their sponsoring athletic trainer.
  • Have established his/her intention to continue academic work to the baccalaureate degree level as a full-time undergraduate athletic training student.


Application Proceedures

Deadline for the application to be completed is December 31.



Instructions for online application form (see link below):

  Part One: Demographic information

  • Name, address, email address, home phone
  • Name of high/secondary school, address, phone number, principal's name, athletic directors name
  • GPA
  • Nominating certified athletic trainers name, phone number, email


Part Two: Applicant questionnaire

This is a short survey that must be completed online.


Part Three: Applicant essay (not to exceed 500 words)

Please complete the essay as a Word document and have the file available when completing the application procedures online.

You will be required to cut-n-paste the essay into the appropriate box online. The essay must include the following:

  • Indicate why you wish to become a certified athletic trainer.
  • Indicate why you wish to work in the secondary school setting as an athletic trainer.
  • Indicate how you will prepare yourself as a viable employee in the secondary school setting.
  • Explain your role as a healthcare provider to high school athletes upon successful completion of the Board of Certification exam.

Note: Do not identify the name of your school, town, state or sponsoring athletic trainer in your essay. 


Part Four: Narrative snapshot of your professional life in 5 years

You will be required to cut-and-paste the essay into the appropriate box online.

  • In a short paragraph (not to exceed 100 words), what will you be doing in 5 years?


Part Five: Essay explaining your vision of your future athletic training program

You will be required to cut-and-paste the essay into the appropriate box online.

  • In an essay (not to exceed 300 words), describe your vision of the athletic training program at the school that hires you. Relate how your role as an athletic trainer will influence high school athletes and athletic training student aides.

You should complete all three essays (one 500 word essay, one 100 word paragraph, and one 300 word essay) before going online to complete the application!


Online Application



Sponsoring Athletic Trainer

Instructions for the Sponsoring Athletic Trainer Letter of Recommendation:



If the instructions are not followed, the application will be disqualified.

Note: Do not identify yourself, school, city or state in your essay.


AT Letter of Recommendation

Jack Cramer Scholarship Winners

Click on the year to view the list of scholarship winners and district finalists.


Jack Cramer Scholarship Winner - Joshua Early, District 6

District Finalists

Caroline Davenport, District 1
Elizabeth Siravo, District 2
Chloe Anderson, District 4
Manual Martinez, District 5
Madeline Iverson, District 7
Ethan Gage, District 8
Trudy Cobb, District 9
Devin Kostelecky, District 10

Jack Cramer Scholarship Winner - Macauley (Mac) Alexander Downing, District 10

District Finalists

Jamie Lee Caron, District 1
Katelyn Emily Young, District 2
Nikki Baer, District 3
Jordan Knoll, District 4
Vanessa Irene Heinricks, District 5
Kristen Sowell, District 6
Eponine Gladys Buchanan, District 7
Alicia Murch, District 8
Brogan Elizabeth Lackey, District 9

Jack Cramer Scholarship Winner - Erin Arnas, District 4

District Finalists

Kallie Hannon, District 1
Kelly L. Holzberger, District 2
Kelly Smithwick, District 3
James Berry, District 5
Kristen Mangrum, District 6
Julie Gadmoski, District 7
Christina Shubat, District 8
Caleb Sulhoff, District 9
Leah Corra, District 10