MSU Athletic Training Student Award Winners

For a full list of previous scholarship and award winners, please visit the
MSU Kinesiology website

Ronnie Barnes Student Athletic Trainer and Leadership Award

The Ronnie P. Barnes Award was established in 2002 and is presented to the undergraduate student athletic trainer who has demonstrated outstanding achievements and leadership in support of undergraduate athletic training at Michigan State University.

2017 Recipient

Carolyn Rutishauser


David O. Hough Memorial Scholarship

The Hough Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998 and is presented to a student athletic trainer who displays excellence in both the academic and clinical athletic training settings. This award is presented in memory of Dr. David O. Hough, a long time friend, team physician, and former Director of Sports Medicine at Michigan State University.

2017 Recipients

Rebecca Barta, David Zheng


Ray J. Saltzman Outstanding Student Trainer Award

This award is presented in memory of Ray J. Saltzman, a former Michigan State University student athletic trainer. This award is presented to those student athletic trainers who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and dedication in support of Michigan State University athletics. The Saltzman Award is presented by the MSU Alumni Club of Oakland County.

2017 Recipients

Rashawn Jackson, Emily Ferro


Michael W. Straus Student Academic Excellence and Achievement Award

These awards are presented to student athletic trainers who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence and achievement at Michigan State University. The awards, initiated in 2002, are presented by Michigan State University Sports Medicine Staff.

2017 Excellence Recipients


Carolyn Rutishauser, Emily Ferro, Lilly VanDeMark


2017 Excellence Recipients

Anya Malloch, Marlena Payne, Courtney Ziemba, Tara Dudley, Ryan Satkowiak, Grant Lee


Jack and Mary Ann Heppinstall Memorial Scholarship

This award is presented in honor of John G. (Jack) Heppinstall who was born in England and hired as Michigan State's first Athletic Trainer in 1914. Jack Heppinstall was an NATA member and elected president in 1939. Not only was he one of the top Athletic Trainers in the country, but he also spent time working for the 1948 US Olympic team. In 1962, he was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame. This award is intended to encourage athletic training students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals, and the leadership and initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress in the profession of athletic training.

2017 Recipients

David Zheng, Victoria Bender, Rebecca Barta, Abby Downs, Ceci Kieliszewski, Katie Salanga


Undergraduate/Graduate Athletic Training Education Program
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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824