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Date: Jan 24, 2012
Hofstra Junior Wins Athletic Training Scholarship
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – Alexandra Sperduti, a junior athletic training major at Hofstra University, has been awarded the District II scholarship through the Eastern Athletic Trainer’s Association (EATA). District II includes applicants from Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and New Jersey. The scholarship is awarded to 10 outstanding students from the EATA membership. The $2,500 scholarship was awarded on January 7, 2012, at the annual EATA Meeting in Boston, MA.
The EATA scholarship recipients are selected based on their grade point average, a student essay, faculty recommendations and athletic training clinical experiences, service, extracurricular activities, leadership and awards.
Ms. Sperduti , 21, is a graduate of Centereach High School on Long Island. She recently completed her fall semester clinical hours with the Hofstra women's soccer team and women's basketball team. She also serves as the captain of the Women’s Club Lacrosse Team, a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, a members of the Hofstra Athletic Training Society and as the events coordinator for Iota Tau Alpha, National Honor Society for Student Athletic Training.
“Winning this scholarship is a reward for the hard work of my professors, mentors and myself,” Ms. Sperduti said. “I am very grateful to be acknowledged by such a prestigious organization for all of my efforts.”
She says she has enjoyed Hofstra’s Athletic Training Program. “I like the strong clinical affiliations as well as the small class sizes. I have played sports my entire life and athletic training provides me the opportunity to stay involved in athletics while also helping others. After graduation, I hope to go to graduate school for physical therapy and eventually work in the military helping injured soldiers.”
Heather Clemons, clinical coordinator of Hofstra’s Athletic Training Program, says of Ms. Sperduti, “She has a great work ethic, and it allows her take advantage of every opportunity afforded her in the classroom and her clinical experience. She is well on her way to be an outstanding professional , and I look forward to seeing what she's able to do once she graduates from Hofstra.”
Hofstra’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is a 128 credit hour program that leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. The ATEP is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, signifying it meets the standards required to prepare students for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) Examination and a professional career as an athletic trainer.
The program has two main components, academic course work and clinical education. New students primarily engage in academic course work during the first year of enrollment (Pre-athletic Training Phase). Once students are admitted to the program (Professional Athletic Training Phase), academic course work and clinical education are completed simultaneously. Entrance into the Professional Athletic Training Phase is competitive.