National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation Announces 2021 Grant Recipients

Colorado Springs, Colo. – The National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the Foundation’s 2021 grants.

Since the Foundation’s creation in 2007, it has awarded 189 grants, including 15 new recipients this year. This year’s recipients add to the prestigious legacy of those who came before them. The grants fulfill the Foundation’s mission of supporting the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) by providing funding for educational and research endeavors that enhance the practical applications of strength and conditioning.

Grant recipients were selected by the NSCA Foundation Grant Committee and Grant Panel after a thorough evaluation process of all applications. The NSCA Foundation will distribute a total of over $164,000 to the following recipients:


Graduate Student Research Grant - Doctoral:

Dimitrije Cabarkapa, University of Kansas*

Martin Dietze-Hermosa, The University of Texas at El Paso

Hayden Guiliani, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Brian Guthrie, George Mason University*

Jan Padecky, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Charles University

Felix Proessl, University of Pittsburgh


Graduate Student Research Grant – Masters:

Tanner Reece, University of Kansas*

Young Investigator Research Grant:

Johannes Rabe, West Virginia University

Eric Sobolewski, Furman University

Senior Investigator Research Grant:

Trent Herda, University of Kansas*

Kristina Kendall, Edith Cowan University*

Military CSCS Support Grant:

Jami Naber, US Air Force

Aaron May, US Air Force

Dr. Richard Borden Coaching Advancement Grant:

David Lee 

NSCA-CPT Support Grant:

Nadia Goldstar


 â€śThe NSCA Foundation Board of Directors, Grant Committee, and Grant Panel would like to congratulate the 2021 NSCA Foundation grant recipients,” said Dr. Nicole Dabbs, NSCA Foundation Board President. “We are enthusiastic for the recipients to conduct their research to educate and impact the strength and conditioning industry.”

 â€śThe NSCA Foundation is proud to support this year’s grant recipients and their research endeavors. Their completed studies will have a meaningful impact on the industry and contribute to advancing the profession,” said Carissa Gump, NSCA Foundation Executive Director.

 All grant recipients must be active NSCA members, must fully complete the appropriate applications, and meet all specific requirements for individual grants.

An asterisk (*) indicates that school is a member of the NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP). ERP schools are recognized and distinguished schools with standardized and approved strength and conditioning or personal training curricula in undergraduate or graduate settings.


About the National Strength & Conditioning Association Foundation

The National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation (NSCAF) was founded in 2007 with the aim of supporting the advancement of strength and conditioning practical applications. The NSCA Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing funding to NSCA members taking part in educational and research endeavors.

Since its establishment, the NSCA Foundation has awarded over 180 grants and over 400 scholarships, totaling over $2.8 million to outstanding individuals within the strength and conditioning community. The NSCA Foundation is one of the few foundations that fund work at the Master’s level and across all levels up to senior investigators, as well as one of the few sources that funds work in the strength and conditioning fields. A major goal of the foundation is to continue to maximize assets in order to increase grants and scholarships for NSCA members.

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