Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 5, 2005

Senior Athletic-Training Major Receives Scholarships
to Pursue Graduate Degree

Whitworth senior athletic-training major Cynthia Wright has received a number of scholarships that will help her to attend graduate school and aspire to do what she loves: continue learning, advance in the field of athletic training, and use her medical expertise to help others.

"Cynthia Wright is an incredibly bright, capable student," says Russ Richardson, director of the Whitworth Athletic Training Education Program. "She has a brilliant mind that is able to capture complex ideas and transfer that knowledge into a deep understanding. As a practitioner, she exhibits humility and respect for those she serves."

Wright, a resident of Enumclaw, Wash., recently received the following scholarships: NCAA Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics, a nationally competitive scholarship ($6,000); Northwest Athletic Trainers Association Graduate Scholarship, a nationally competitive master's-level scholarship ($2,000); and the NWATA Bill Robertson Graduate Scholarship, a regionally competitive scholarship ($1,500).

"I was elated!" Wright says about winning the scholarships. "It's wonderful to be recognized for doing something I love. Entering college I felt like I was searching for something I was good at and passionate about. I feel I've found that in athletic training, but it's always nice to be reinforced by others in the field, especially organizations like the NATA and the NCAA. The financial reward will also be a huge help as I undertake two more years of school."

Wright will attend Texas State University-San Marcos to pursue a master's in education degree in physical education with an emphasis in exercise science. While she earns her degree, she will work as a certified athletic trainer responsible for providing healthcare for the university's intercollegiate softball team and cheer program.

After completing graduate school, Wright plans to return to the Pacific Northwest to work at a college or university as an athletic trainer and to teach undergraduate athletic-training classes.

"I love the college environment, both working in athletics and the atmosphere of lifelong learning, so my dream job would keep me connected to both," she says.

Wright, who volunteered at a missionary hospital in Quito, Ecuador, in summer 2003, plans to pursue short-term missionary opportunities between school semesters. In Quito she worked as a physical-therapy assistant and assisted with basic rehabilitation, therapeutic modalities, exercises and acute care for orthopedic conditions.

"I hope to be able to use my medical skills to aid others who may not have access to quality healthcare," she says.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls more than 2,400 students in 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Russ Richardson, director of the Whitworth Athletic Training Education Program, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3244 or rrichardson@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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