Sept. 9, 2008
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
Adapted physical activity graduate program receives $773,990
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's new graduate program in adapted physical activity has received a four-year, $773,990 grant from the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs to support 11 graduate students a year with full-tuition scholarships. SRU's program prepares graduates to help people with disabilities lead healthier, more active lives.
"The grant is a very competitive process. We are the only physical activity program in the country that got funded," said Robert Arnhold, professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences and program coordinator. "People across the U.S. understand that SRU produces an excellent product."
The grant allocates $185,000 a year and includes all fees, a book stipend of $600 a year and travel expenses of $800 a year.
All 11 SRU students who enrolled in the program that was launched fall 2008 will receive the scholarship. In the coming three years, students will compete for scholarships, Arnhold said. "This will be a tremendous recruitment tool," he said.
The grant includes several stipulations. Students must remain in good academic standing. They must sign a contract agreeing to serve in the field of employment with persons with disabilities for two years after they graduate, Arnhold said.
"The idea is the government is financially supporting the preparation of future professionals, and they would like to see you contribute to the improved active living, health lifestyles of persons with disabilities upon graduation," Arnhold said.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.