Simonton receives prestigious scholarship from SHAPE America

January 12, 2018

Baton Rouge, LA -- Kelly Simonton, a doctoral student in the LSU School of Kinesiology is the recipient of SHAPE America's 2018 Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship. The prestigious national scholarship is awarded based on several qualities and skills including scholarly proficiency, leadership, service to school, community and profession, and personal character. Simonton is from Wheatland, Wyoming. He receieved his BS from the University of Wyoming. He completed his MS from LSU in 2016.

Simonton will receive the award in Nashville, TN at the national convention on Thursday, March 22, 2018 during the Professional Excellence Awards Ceremony. Since 1995, SHAPE America has awarded scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate student members. The Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship, developed by the past presidents of SHAPE America to honor deserving students, is awarded to three undergraduate students and two graduate students in January of each year. 

About SHAPE
SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Since being founded in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country.

About SOK
The LSU School of Kinesiology (SOK) advances the understanding of physical activity, sport, and health to optimize the quality of life for diverse populations through excellence in teaching, learning, discovery, and engagement. SOK offers a BS, MS, Online MS, PhD, and two certificate options. Graduates go on to successful careers in the health and fitness industry, corporate wellness, sport agencies and businesses, athletic administration, and K-12 educational settings. SOK is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

Visit the School of Kinesiology at lsu.edu/chse/kinesiology.

About CHSE
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.