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Feb. 05, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Athletic training major earns $2,500 scholarship

Mackenzie McLaughlin, a Slippery Rock University athletic training major from Slippery Rock, has received the $2,500 Joseph Abraham District II Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Scholarship. District II includes Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

McLaughlin applied for the scholarship and was selected by an Athletic Trainers’ Association Scholarship committee.

“Mackenzie is a wonderful student,” said Jackie Williams, associate professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences. “She maintains a high cumulative and major GPA and has shown exemplary performance in her coursework.

Mackenzie searches for answers and is truly interested in expanding her knowledge.”

She recently completed a student-faculty research project investigating core body temperature of SRU athletes as it relates to multiple activities’ playing surfaces. She is active in the SRU Honors Program, the Compass Leadership Program and the SRU Athletic Training Association.

McLaughlin plans to enroll in the athletic training graduate program at The Ohio State University.

Abraham, who died in 1981, was a pioneer during his 40 years as an athletic trainer. He was one of the first professional athletic trainers to recognize the need for quality athletic training programs at the high school level. He served as an athletic trainer at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and the 1968 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.

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