The National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation announced that David Sanders has been named a recipient of the NSCA’s Challenge Scholarship for 2017. Sanders was selected by the NSCA Foundation Scholarship Committee after a thorough evaluation process of all applicants. This program awards $1,500 to NSCA members seeking either an undergraduate or graduate degree in a strength and conditioning-related field.
David Sanders, MS, CSCS is a third-year Ph.D. student at Rutgers University in the Kinesiology & Applied Physiology Program. He works under the direction of Shawn Arent at the Center for Health and Human Performance (CHHP), a center of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health. At the CHHP, he conducts research on various populations, including the Rutgers Women’s Soccer and Field Hockey teams, focusing on performance, training load, and related biomarker responses. Sanders also works with athletes of all ages as a strength and conditioning coach at the CHHP. His research interests include female athletes, athletic performance, and overtraining.
“Congratulations to David for this well-deserved honor,” said Brian Schilling, NSCA Foundation Board President. “He is an outstanding student with an extremely bright future. We are proud to support David in his 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. David should be very proud of this accomplishment. I look forward to seeing David grow within the profession,” said Carissa Gump, NSCA Foundation Director.
Sanders commented, “It is an honor to be recognized by a leading organization in the exercise and sports science field. I’d also like to thank everyone who has been a part of my development as a scientist, including my advisor Dr. Shawn M. Arent and my lab mates at the Rutgers Center for Health and Human Performance.”
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.