Five Slippery Rock University undergraduates recently received the John Hamed Student Scholarship Award, which included $750 to attend the National Drowning Symposium in Florida. The award is named for John Hamed, a 2010 SRU physical education graduate.
The SRU undergraduates are Ashley David, a physical activity major from Hermitage; Lydia Farabaugh, a health and physical education major from Ebensburg; Kory Klinger, a health and physical education major from Pittsburgh; Vincent Riddle, a health and physical education major from Lower Burrell; and Samuel Swanseger, a sport management major from Erie.
The students are aquatics minors. They submitted applications, biographies and essays to the National Drowning Alliance explaining why they should qualify for the scholarship. The National Drowning Alliance board of directors reviewed and selected the recipients.
The alliance named the scholarship after Hamed three years ago following their national symposium, which took place in Pittsburgh. Hamed, an SRU student at the time who worked with Robert Ogoreuc, assistant professor of physical education, wanted to attend the symposium but could not afford it. After hearing Hamed’s story, the alliance created the scholarship. Ogoreuc attended the symposium.
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