Midwest District Scholar Program

The Scholar Program provides the means through which Midwest District recognizes an individual with an outstanding record of scholarly publications and presentations and active service to health, physical education, recreation, dance and/or sport.

Purposes of the Program

Midwest District, attentive to its responsibility to sponsor scholarship among its members and its commitment to “encourage and facilitate research and learning which will enrich the depth and scope of health, leisure and movement-related activities; and to disseminate this knowledge to the profession and other interested and concerned publics,” initiates the Scholar Program.

  • Candidates shall have maintained membership for a minimum of five (5) years with SHAPE America.
  • Candidates shall be persons who have exhibited a devotion to the advancement of health, physical education, recreation, dance and/or sport as exemplified by their leadership and industry.
  • Candidates shall display scholarly activity, service and commitment to the profession. The following are some illustrations of contributions. It is desirable that the individual nominated as Midwest District Scholar meet at least one criterion under each of the three categories below. However, if applicants do not fit all of the established criteria, the selection committee is still charged with the responsibility of review.

The individual shall have a scholarly record for a number of years as evidenced by publication and scholarly presentations, such as:

  • Articles in a variety of professional and/or popular publications.
  • Author or co-author of texts endorsed by professional colleagues.
  • Have research articles published in recognized journals.
Public Services and Leadership

The individual shall be currently involved in active public service and leadership pursuits, such as:

  • Conference speeches, keynote addresses, etc.
  • Being sought for consultation.
  • Diverse and practical service activities with documentation of involvement.
  • Showing a vitality of contemporary and future-centered thought in actions and in expressed or written words.
Professional Commitment

The individual shall be a SHAPE America member and should be a significant contributor to areas, such as:

  • Contributor to SHAPE America publications.
  • Service on national, district or state committees.
  • Show expertise in the research process with sophistication as either a proficient researcher or competent critic of research.
Application Procedures

All applicants must submit six typed and complete applications to the chair of the Midwest District Recognition and Awards Committee by August 15. Application materials should include:

  • Award application cover sheet
  • Written documentation demonstrating compliance with the award qualifications (resumes or vitae not accepted), and
  • A current letter of recommendation from applicant’s administrator or colleague. The letter should be directly related to the award qualifications, providing a biographical sketch outlining the contributions of the applicant and how those contributions are deserving of recognition.
Selection and Recognition Process

The Midwest District Recognition and Awards Committee will select one Scholar recipient from the applications and present the nominee to the Midwest District Leadership Council for approval. The recipient will be notified by October 1 (or immediately following the Midwest District Fall Leadership Conference) and be presented with the award at his/her state affiliate conference.

The Scholar Lecture shall be proposed to be delivered at the SHAPE America national convention, a district event, (i.e. Midwest Leadership or Council workshop) or a state conference. Any state interested in inviting the Midwest District Scholar for a presentation may make arrangements directly with the Scholar. Travel and hotel expenses within financial limits set by the Midwest District Leadership Council may be provided to the Scholar (all expenses must receive prior Leadership Council approval in order to be reimbursed) or by specific pre-arrangements made with the state requesting the Scholar Lecture.

Please do not hesitate to contact the chair of your state or Midwest Awards Committee if you have any questions.