PhD Candidate Junhai Xu Receives 2018 National Strength and Conditioning Scholarship

February 18, 2019
Baton Rouge, La. -- The National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation is proud to announce that Junhai has been named a recipient of the NSCA’s Minority Scholarship for 2018. Junhai was selected by the NSCA Foundation Scholarship Committee after a thorough evaluation process of all applicants. This $1,500 scholarship is designed to encourage minorities, ages 17 and older, to enter the field of strength and conditioning. Minority is defined as “ethic minority,” as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau. The applicant must be one of four ethnic qualifications: Black, Hispanic, Asian American, or Native American.

Junhai Xu is a PhD student specializing in exercise physiology at School of Kinesiology in Louisiana State University, under the guidance of Dr. Arnold Nelson.  He received his B. Ed and M. Ed in physical education at China, also a M.S. in fitness at University of Houston-Clear Lake. Prior to attending LSU he was a strength and conditioning coach for several national basketball teams of China, including the 19 & under men's basketball teams, 17 & under women's basketball teams and the national Olympic woman’s team.

"Congratulations to Junhai for this well-deserved honor," said Dr. Matt Stock, NSCA Foundation Board President. "He is an outstanding student with an extremely bright future. We are proud to support Junhai in He studies to be a future leader of the strength and conditioning industry.”

“The scholarship applicant pool was strong this year, making the process very competitive. Junhai should be very proud of this accomplishment. I look forward to seeing Junhai grow within the profession,” said Carissa Gump, NSCA Foundation Executive Director.

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About the National Strength & Conditioning Association Foundation

The National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation (NSCAF) was founded in 2007 with the aim of supporting the advancement of strength and conditioning practical applications. The NSCA Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing funding to NSCA members taking part in educational and research endeavors. Since its establishment, the NSCA Foundation has awarded 120 grants and 440 scholarships, totaling over $2 million to outstanding individuals within the strength and conditioning community. The NSCA Foundation is one of the few foundations that fund work at the Master’s level and across all levels up to senior investigators, as well as one of the few sources that funds work in the strength and conditioning fields. A major goal of the foundation is to continue to maximize assets in order to increase grants and scholarships for NSCA members.


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