Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship

Since 1995, SHAPE America has awarded scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate student members. The Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship, developed by the past presidents of SHAPE America to honor deserving students, is awarded to three undergraduate students and two graduate students in January of each year. All scholarships are presented at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo held in the spring.

Undergraduate awards are $1,250 each and graduate awards are $1,750 each. Recipients also receive a complimentary three-year SHAPE America membership.

Applications will be accepted electronically or by mail until October 15. Application forms and detailed eligibility criteria and procedures for submission are available below. Questions should be directed to Patti Hartle at

Criteria and Application Forms



Ruth Abernathy
AAHPERD President, 1954-56

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