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Awards and Scholarships

The Awards Committee oversees the process of collecting nominations and selecting recipients for a variety of WATA awards. The WATA Hall of Fame, Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Educator Award, Honorary Membership and other special designated awards are awarded under the guidance of the Awards Committee. The WATA seeks to recognize those individuals who have distinguished themselves in service to the athletic training profession. Members are encouraged to review the criteria of each award and, when appropriate, nominate deserving colleagues for recognition.

We encourage all of our web visitors to browse the WATA Hall of Fame information and to review the list of previous winners in all of our award categories. Our organization stands on the shoulders of those who have come before us to advance the profession of athletic training; we are pleased to honor their hard work.

WATA Hall of Fame

Please feel free to contact the Awards and Scholarships Committee Coordinator: Anna Linstedt if you have any questions.


Displayed in this slideshow are the current 2016 Awards and Scholarship winners. See the complete list below of this year's winners. You can also see a list of previous winners by clicking on the buttons below. 

The WATA honored its award winners at the 42nd   Annual Meeting and Symposium at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, WI.  The Awards and Scholarship committee presented all WATA Hall of Fame members in attendance with a special WATA Hall of Fame pin.

2016 Award and Scholarship Winners:
Robert Stow, PhD, CSCS, ATC-
WATA Outstanding Educator Award
Kenny Wilka, M.Ed, ATC, LAT and Mary LaRue, PhD, M.S.E., B.S., ATC, LAT-WATA Distinguished Service Award
Margaret Coughlin of UW-Madison-Founding Fathers Scholarship
Ricardo Vidal-Chavez of UW-Milwaukee and Lydia Stiving from UW-Eau Claire-Mueller Undergraduate Scholarship
Evan Mulder, ATC, LAT-Jeff Oliphant Post Graduate Scholarship
Joseph Green-GLATA President's Excellence Award
Ryan Wilkinson-GLATA Oustanding Educator
Stephanie Trigsted-GLATA Thomas Weidner Research Assistance Award
Andrew Winterstein-NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award

The WATA honored outgoing Board of Director, Kenny Wilka, who has served as the WATA  President, and Joe Hoff who served as our Southeast Representative.

Congratulations to Nick Hubbard, Lydia Stiving, and Andrea Patterson of UW-Eau Claire for winning this year’s quiz bowl!


If you would like to nominate a deserving individual for any of these award or scholarships, you can find more information on our Awards and Scholarship page or by contacting Anna Lindstedt, WATA Awards and Scholarship Committee Coordinator.