Scholarship and Award Opportunities
Nomination Deadline March 24th, 2019 

Please direct any questions to Colleen Wegimont, PSAHPERD Past-President at [email protected] or (267) 436-1777.

Violet Baumgardner Award Criteria

The Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD) each year offers scholarships to a Junior or Senior student member in any of the subdivisions of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and/or Dance who best qualify based on applicants responses to the following criteria:

  • Financial Need (Special or Exceptional Circumstances)
  • Academic Record
  • Professional Service and Potential
  • Contributions to the Department/College/ University
  • Contributions to the Community and /or Community Service 

Each professional preparation institution may forward ONE candidate for these awards.  The Scholarship Committee will select three (3) finalists who will receive registration, lodging, and meal expenses to attend the 2019 PSAHPERD Convention at Spooky Nook on held December 5-6, 2019. Final interviews will be held on Sunday, April 7th online with the scholarship awards presented at the Elmer B. Cottrell Banquet on Friday, December 6, 2019. 

Candidates must prepare written accounts (maximum two pages) of their qualifications based on the criteria stated above and submit the same to the faculty members responsible for the selection process on the respective campuses.   

After the institution has chosen their respective candidate, institutions must submit on the online form, one letter of support, a professional headshot, a 100-word maximum qualification abstract to be used for Journal publication, and the candidate’s written accounts addressing the above-mentioned criteria. 


Outstanding Future Professional Award

PSAHPERD offers each professional preparation institution in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania an opportunity to select ONE student, currently enrolled in her/his final year of undergraduate education, to receive an Outstanding Future Professional (OFP) Award from the Association.  

Recipients of this award must be members of PSAHPERD for at least two (2) years and be enrolled in a program of study that involves any of the sub-disciplines of health, physical education, recreation, dance and/or sport.  The awards will be presented at the Elmer B. Cottrell Banquet during the 2019 PSAHPERD Convention at the Spooky Nook, in Manheim, on Friday evening, December 6, 2019.

The OFP Award recipients will receive one complimentary ticket for their banquet meal. A PSAHPERD Committee will interview all OFP Award nominees on Sunday, April 7, 2019 via Zoom call. From the interviews, two nominees will be chosen to attend the 2020 PSAHPERD Convention with their room and registration covered by PSAHPERD.

The selection process and weighting is given to the various criteria for OFP are the responsibility of each institution; however, the OFP Award is a PSAHPERD Award and is based on the following criteria:

  • Two-year minimum membership in the PSAHPERD is required
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale is required by SHAPE Eastern District
  • Academic achievement other than GPA
  • Participation in any student professional organization tied to HPERD
  • Professional service and potential
  • Contributions to the Department/College/University
  • Contributions to the Community and/or Community Service
  • Other campus and/or individual accomplishments

Candidates must prepare written accounts (maximum two pages) of their qualifications based on the criteria stated above and submit the same to the faculty members in charge of the selection process on the respective campuses.  

After institutions have chosen their respective candidates, institutions must submit:

  • Nomination forms
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Candidates’ maximum two-page written account addressing the above criteria
  • 100 word abstract of his/her qualifications for Winter PSAHPERD Journal
  • Jpeg photo (professional headshot) for the Winter PSAHPERD Journal.  


2019 Student Leadership Conference 

September 27-29, 2019
Stony Acres, 167 Adventure Drive, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302



The PSAHPERD Student Leadership Conference is a stepping stone to become the leader and professional our field needs! This conference is a combination of team/leadership building activities, physical activity via high/low ropes course, presentations as well as networking opportunities.

College/university students within the Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance disciplines are welcome! The $80 fee includes food, lodging, and all activities throughout the weekend beginning with dinner on Friday and ending with breakfast on Sunday morning.





Joining us for the 2019 SLC? Here's what you need to pack:

  • Sleeping Bag or Twin Sized sheets and a blanket (Mattresses provided)
  • Pillow
  • Towel and Toiletries (Showers available)
  • Comfortable clothing with SCHOOL LOGO for the weekend (represent your school with pride!)
  • Sweatshirts and long pants for the high ropes course are suggested (check the weather, and know that weather is always unpredictable!) 
  • Sturdy Sneakers
  • Note taking device (tablet, laptop or good ol' fashioned pen and paper)