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Physical Education, Sport, & Human Performance

Physical Education, Sport, & Human Performance

Past Scholarship Recipients

There are a number of awards given by the Department of Physical Education, Sport and Human Performance to recognize student achievement. A faculty/student committee conducts the initial screening for the Sturgis, Ford, and Scarborough awards and makes recommendations to the faculty of the Department of Health & Physical Education.

Please click on the following links to view past scholarship recipients:

NASPE Major of the Year | The Ruth Sturgis ScholarshipThe Mary Wylie Ford AwardThe Taylor Award for ExcellenceThe Hellams AwardMary Roland Griffin AwardBobb Award in ATRN

NASPE Major of the Year

The NASPE Major of the Year is a national award. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education invites departments to designate an outstanding senior physical education major to be recognized at the NASPE Awards Ceremony at the AAHPERD Convention.

Past Recipients:

  • 1987 Karen Roof
  • 1988 Stephen Maag
  • 1989 Kevin Nally
  • 1990 Suzan Ayers
  • 1992 Pattie Ashe
  • 1993 Keith McSwain
  • 1994 Sharen Belk
  • 1995 Eric Rollings
  • 1996 Kimberly Knight
  • 1997 Megan Righter
  • 1998 Sara LeGrand
  • 1999 Ian Vissers
  • 2000 Julie Stortz; Rose Clawson
  • 2001 Amber Phillips
  • 2002 Mary "Kay" Wessinger
  • 2003 Wendy Arnold; Tiffany Tysinger
  • 2004 Katie Hoffman
  • 2005 Daniel McCallum; Jeffery Morris
  • 2006 Erica Lynn Devine; Nicolle LeGrande Hudson; Amanda Kaye Berry
  • 2007 Erin Paige Curran; Kelly Anne Stratoti
  • 2008 Wes Herring; Megan Perry; Sara Query
  • 2009 Orval Jones, IV; Sarah Magee; Amy Rundio;  Robin Smith
  • 2010  Adam Lee Hager
  • 2010 Robert Anthony Schroeder
  • 2010 Michael Brinkley McArber
  • 2010 Chelsea Elizabeth Pedersen
  • 2011 Sara Felts
  • 2011 Donald Mitchell
  • 2011 Rachel Wyka
  • 2011 Sean Sullivan

The Ruth Sturgis Scholarship

The Ruth Sturgis Scholarship was established by family, friends, and physical education alumni to honor Ruth Sturgis, a former faculty member in physical education. The scholarship is awarded to a physical education major on the basis of character, service and leadership.

Past Recipients:

  • 1987 Wendy Irick
  • 1988 Leslie Cook
  • 1989 Suzan Ayers
  • 1990 Thomas Mackey
  • 1991 Mary Beth Timmons
  • 1992 Pattie Ashe
  • 1993 Shelley Kock
  • 1994 Jim Wilson; Eric Rollings
  • 1995 John Pitt; Shawna Plyler
  • 1996 Paul Gray; Sharon Davis; Megan Righter
  • 1997 Nannette Whiteside; Sara H. LeGrand; Michael Bereak
  • 1998 English Dover; Julie Stortz
  • 1999 Cynthia Lundstrom
  • 2000 April Hudson; Tracey Archenhold
  • 2001 John Caffrey; Mary "Kay" Wessinger
  • 2002 Brandy Duncan
  • 2003 Cecilia Wolff
  • 2004 Celestine Williamson
  • 2005 Erica Devine
  • 2006 Subira Nomzamo Whipper
  • 2007 Nakeisha Felicia Barnett
  • 2008 Chelsea Pedersen
  • 2009 Crystal Conzalez
  • 2010 Lacey Nicole Lyons
  • 2011 Donnae Dorn-Long
  • 2012 Denetria Middleton
  • 2013 Emily Jo Dolan

The Mary Wylie Ford Award

The Mary Wylie Ford Award is given in honor of the former chair of the Physical Education Department. Dr. Ford received her undergraduate degree in physical education from Winthrop. After teaching and earning both master’s and doctoral degrees, she returned to Winthrop as a member of the Physical Education Department. She then became department chair, a position she held for more than 30 years. This award is given as a tribute to Dr. Ford’s professional service throughout her career and goes to a senior physical education major who demonstrates professional promise.

Past Recipients:

  • 1993 Andrew Uglehus
  • 1994 Eric Rollings
  • 1995 Trey McDaniel
  • 1996 Megan Righter
  • 1997 Sara Hayes LeGrand
  • 1998 Michael Bereak
  • 1999 Rose Clawson
  • 2000 Cynthia Lundstrum
  • 2001 Mary Clifford
  • 2002 Wendy Arnold
  • 2003 Rebekah Powell
  • 2004 Sasha Gilliam
  • 2005 Michael Owens
  • 2006 Erin Paige Curran
  • 2007 Kyle McLaurin Liebler
  • 2008 Justin Medlock
  • 2009 Rose Connor
  • 2010 Bart Simonson
  • 2011 Casey Reeves
  • 2012 Lyndsey Washburn
  • 2013 Kellyn Colclough

The Taylor Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Taylor Award for Excellence in Teaching was established in 2000 to honor Dr. Mickey Taylor for her lifelong commitment to the preparation of physical education teachers. Dr. Taylor provided leadership in teacher education at Winthrop and throughout South Carolina. The award was established by former students and colleagues to recognize a student for outstanding performance in a teaching internship. Students recognized as outstanding interns prior to the naming of the award are included on the plaque and on the list.

Past Recipients:

  • 1990 Rebecca Browning
  • 1992 Nina Rozzo
  • 1993 Scott Dixon
  • 2001 Travis Howard
  • 2002 Gareth Hayden
  • 2003 Timothy Pettus
  • 2004 Jennifer Suttle
  • 2005 Emily Holmes
  • 2006 Brittany Elizabeth Lineberger
  • 2007 Kenneth Andrew Williams
  • 2008 Barbara "Kari" Harper
  • 2009 Orval "Arby" Jones, IV
  • 2010 Lindsay Erin Dillon
  • 2011 Corbin Bray
  • 2011 naomi Simpson
  • 2012 Jeff Hoover
  • 2012 Denetria Middleton
  • 2012 Kyle Dorsey
  • 2013 Carolyn Weed
  • 2013 Kelly Wright
  • 2014 Tariq Caudle
  • 2014 Lisa Citro

The Hellams Award for Excellence in Physical Education

The Hellams Award for Excellence in Physical Education is presented annually when there is a qualified recipient. The award was given in memory of Harriet “Babs” Hellams who received her B.S. degree in physical education from Winthrop in 1945. She died in a diving accident following her graduation and her family wanted to honor her memory with an award. This was the first award established in physical education and remains the most prestigious of all the awards. The award is presented to a senior who qualifies on the basis of scholarship, character, leadership, professional skill, enthusiasm, and social qualities.

Past Recipients:

  • 1947 Pauline Palles
  • 1948 Vivian Wood
  • 1949 Alice Britton
  • 1950 Mary Roland Griffin
  • 1951 Geraldine Scott
  • 1952 Eleanor Hutson
  • 1953 Lois McIllwain
  • 1954 Anise Lou Fain
  • 1955 Mary Ann Mayfield
  • 1959 Dorothy Kirkpatrick
  • 1960 Mickey Taylor
  • 1961 Blanche Lee Powell
  • 1962 Ann Marie Youngblood
  • 1963 Betty Davis Riddle
  • 1964 Elizabeth S. Parham
  • 1965 Margie Elaine Poole
  • 1966 Deborah Ann Dion
  • 1967 Bonnie Clarice Ritter
  • 1968 Geraldine Clarice Ritter
  • 1969 Nora Claire Phillips
  • 1970 Linda Carol Massey
  • 1971 Lynda Cornell Tyson
  • 1972 Judith A. Wilkins
  • 1975 Debra Ann Williamson
  • 1976 Sue Ann Baughman
  • 1977 Susan Cornish Clarkson
  • 1979 Judith N. Kirkpatrick
  • 1980 Kimberly Ann Collins
  • 1982 Jan Hardy
  • 1984 Cathy Jo Bickley
  • 1985 Cynthia Lynn Pruett
  • 1986 Sherry McGill
  • 1987 Lucinda Collins
  • 1990 Suzan Ayers
  • 1992 Nina Marie Rozzo
  • 1995 Christi Adams
  • 1996 Sharon Marie Boon
  • 1997 Megan Righter
  • 1998 Sara H. LeGrand
  • 1999 Scott Sinclair
  • 2000 Julie Ann Stortz
  • 2001 Travis Howard
  • 2002 Mary "Kay" Wessinger
  • 2003 Wendy Arnold
  • 2004 Cecelia Wolff
  • 2005 Michael Owens, Jr. 
  • 2006 Erin Paige Curran
  • 2007 Megan Christine Perry
  • 2008 Subira Whipper
  • 2010 Chelsea Pedersen
  • 2011 Elizabeth Salughter
  • 2012 Shantelle Igiozee
  • 2013 Tyler Polomski
  • 2014 Casey Reeves

The Mary Roland Griffin Award for Graduate Study in Physical Education

The Mary Roland Griffin Award for Graduate Study in Physical Education was established to honor a former faculty member and chair of the department. Along with her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Griffin coached women’s basketball and was Winthrop’s first athletic director. The award recognizes the outstanding graduate student in physical education and is based on academic achievement, character, leadership and professionalism.

Past Recipients:

  • 1998 Susan Stogner
  • 1999 Becky Browning
  • 2000 Melissa Anne Kitts
  • 2001 Sara Hayes LeGrand
  • 2002 Stuart Belizaire
  • 2003 Keith Krotish
  • 2004 Andrew Stahr
  • 2005 Michael Trent O'Neal
  • 2006 Joni DeAnn Marr
  • 2007 Stuart James Phillips
  • 2008 Casey Blanks
  • 2009 Robert Doan
  • 2010 Katie Elizabeth Simmons
  • 2011 Laurel Shelley
  • 2012 Amanda Maddock
  • 2012 Zachary Zidek
  • 2013 Ashley Andrews
  • 2013 Brian Pille

The Bobb Award in Athletic Training

The Bobb Award in Athletic Training was established in 2001 to honor Dr. Maeberta "Bert" Bobb, former faculty member and department chair. Along with her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Bobb coached field hockey and basketball. She was instrumental in the development of the athletic training option in the physical education major. The award will recognize an outstanding student in athletic training based on academic achievement, professionalism, and involvement in student activities.

Past Recipients:

  • 2009 Cara Gustafson
  • 2010 Bernjamin Kellner
  • 2011 Ashlee Revell
  • 2012 Kristen Harris
  • 2013 Lauren Wesner
  • 2014 Zachary Parker

Outstanding Internship Awards for Sport Management and Exercise Science

The Department of Physical Education, Sport and Human Performance sponsors these two awards to recognize exemplary work during internships by students in the sport management and exercise science programs.  Students recognized as outstanding interns will receive a plaque in acknowledgement of their dedication and hard work.  In addition, their names will be added to a plaque to be placed in the West Center lounge.  

  • Exercise Science 2013 Katelyn Harvey
  • Exercise Science 2014 Jasmine Washington
 
  • Sport Management 2013 Allison Lee
  • Sport Management 2014 Emily Jo Dolan

Major of the Year Award

The Major of the Year Award is given to one outstanding student in each of the PESH programs for excellence in their sugject area.  Students are selected by faculty members in their disciplines.

  • Major of the Year in Exercise Science 2013 Tyler Polomski
  • Major of the Year in Sport Management 2013 Johannes Schneider
  • Major of the Year in Athletic Training 2013 Annie Wilson
  • Major of the Year in Physical Education Teacher Certification 2013 Casey Reeves
 
  •  Major of the Year in Exercise Science 2014 Kellyn Colclough
  •  Major of the Year in Sport Management 2014 Emily Jo Dolan
  •  Major of the Year in Athletic Training 2014 Kjersti Traaen
  •  Major of the Year in Physical Education Teacher Certification 2014 Adam Mullis