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Scholarships


The American Council on Exercise is pleased to offer three distinguished scholarship opportunities. Designed for students at Penn State and Manhattan College and students and staff of Duke University, these awards target recipients who demonstrate a strong interest in a career in health and fitness through academic coursework, community service activities, extracurricular involvement, and/or employment. To be considered for each award, the applicant must be an outstanding citizen of their school and community.

Each annual $1,000 scholarship is for the purchase of a complete ACE exam preparation and study package including study manuals, training course, and certification exam fee.

Deadline to apply is March 15, 2009. Winners will be announced May 1, 2009.

Duke University | Manhattan College | Penn State

Scholarship Descriptions:

The Joe Q. Bryant American Council on Exercise Educational Scholarship–Penn State

The scholarship targets Penn State students who demonstrate a strong interest in a career in health and fitness through academic coursework, community service activities, extracurricular involvement, and/or employment.

Candidates must comply with the following requirements:

  • A student of Penn State
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (verified by academic transcript)
  • Meet the eligibility requirements for the ACE Certification Exam (see www.acefitness.org/getcertified)
  • Perform two (2) hours of community service monthly during any term in which the student is enrolled
Background
This scholarship is named in honor of the late Joe Q. Bryant. Mr. Bryant was the father of Chief Science Officer, Dr. Cedric X. Bryant. Dr. Bryant credits his father with instilling the values, work ethic, and passion that have largely been responsible for his professional success.

Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, is an alumnus of Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Bryant received his Masters degree in exercise science in 1984 and his Ph.D. in physiology in 1989 from Penn State.

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The William J. Merriman American Council on Exercise Educational Scholarship–Manhattan College

The scholarship targets Manhattan College students who demonstrate a strong interest in a career in health and fitness through academic coursework, community service activities, extracurricular involvement, and/or employment.

Candidates must comply with the following requirements:

  • A student of Manhattan College
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (verified by academic transcript)
  • Meet the eligibility requirements for the ACE Certification Exam (see www.acefitness.org/getcertified)
  • Perform two (2) hours of community service monthly during any term in which the student is enrolled
Background
This scholarship is named in honor of William J. Merriman, Ph.D. Dr. Merriman is the Dean of the School of Education at Manhattan College.

The School of Education is committed to the Mission of Manhattan College to provide a contemporary, student centered education that embodies the LaSallian traditions of scholarship, excellence in teaching, respect for individual dignity, and commitment to social justice. The additional goal of the School is to prepare self-directed, reflective, scholarly professionals dedicated to the highest standards for themselves and those they serve. Professionals are prepared in the fields of counseling, school leadership and special education.

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The William Shannon American Council on Exercise Certification Scholarship–Duke University

The scholarship targets Duke University students and employees who demonstrate a strong interest in a career in health and fitness through academic coursework, community service activities, extracurricular involvement, and/or employment.

Candidates must comply with the following requirements:

  • A student or employee of Duke University
  • Meet the eligibility requirements for the ACE Certification Exam (see www.acefitness.org/getcertified)
  • Perform two (2) hours of community service monthly during any term in which the student is enrolled or an employee working at Duke
Background
The William Shannon American Council on Exercise Certification Scholarship is named in honor of Bill Shannon, who served as the executive director of Service Improvement for Duke University Health System (DUHS) and Duke University Medical Center (DUMC). Mr. Shannon was also on the board of directors of ACE for six years, was chair for two years, and currently serves in an ex-officio role. He is currently the Sr. VP and Chief Wisdom Officer of DaVita, an organization that provides dialysis services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney failure, a condition also known as chronic kidney disease (CKD).

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