SLU Athletic Training Program Awards Inaugural Burgett Memorial Scholarships and Annual Bauman Scholarships
The Saint Louis University (SLU) Athletic Training (AT) program recently awarded its inaugural Brandi Burgett Memorial Scholarships to AT graduate students Erin Fabbri and Brian Leach. In addition, the program awarded its annual Clarence “Bob” Bauman Endowed Scholarship in Athletic Training to AT graduate students Jazmon Carroll and Adam Long.
The Brandi Burgett Memorial Award and Scholarship was created in memory of Brandi Burgett, MAT – a 2017 graduate of the SLU AT program who passed away in December 2017 after battling a chronic medical condition during her time in the program. The scholarship recognizes a student entering their second year in the professional phase of the program who displays the same courage, determination and passion for the profession as Burgett. Generous gifts from Brandi’s parents – Robert and Marnie Burgett - family, friends, students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Students Society (SLATS) and others allowed for two recipients of the Burgett Memorial Award and Scholarship in its inaugural year.
Fabbri was honored to be a recipient of the Burgett Memorial Award, and still feels motivated by Brandi as she continues her work as an AT student.
“We are a family in the Athletic Training program at SLU. The program is small enough to really get to know one another and losing Brandi was felt by all of us,” Fabbri said. “Brandi’s passion for athletic training was contagious. Her legacy inspires me to be the best that I can be.”
Leach also felt privileged to be a recipient of the Burgett Memorial Award and was proud to have the chance to carry on Brandi’s legacy.
“I was honored to receive this scholarship – Brandi’s story really resonated with me,” Leach said. She spent her life grinding towards success regardless of hardships and was always overcoming obstacles. I’m very grateful for this opportunity.”
In addition to the Burgett Scholarship, the SLU AT program was again able to award two recipients with the Clarence “Bob” Bauman Endowed Scholarship in Athletic Training. Bauman was a model for aspiring athletic trainers and a tremendous positive influence in his community. Bauman took care of SLU athletes and St. Louis Cardinals athletes for over 50 years as an athletic trainer – earning him a spot in both the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and SLU Halls of Fame. The Bauman Scholarship recognizes outstanding athletic training students entering the second professional year in the SLU AT program.
Carroll was thrilled to be awarded a scholarship that honors the legacy of such an impactful person in the field of athletic training.
“Bauman’s hard work and dedication left a positive impact not only on the athletes he worked with, but also on aspiring students,” Carroll said. “He was an exceptional athletic trainer and played a huge role in the St. Louis community.”
Long was also happy to have been awarded the Bauman Scholarship, and looks forward to representing the SLU AT program as a Bauman recipient.
“Being considered and selected as a recipient of the Bauman Scholarship is a proud moment for me,” Long said. “I hope it will give some recognition and significance to my commitment not only in the field of athletic training, but to the opportunities and exposure provided through SLU’s AT program.”
SLU Athletic Training Program Director Anthony Breitbach, Ph.D., ATC, was proud of all of the scholarship recipients and thought they were each great representatives of their respective awards.
“Brandi Burgett left a lasting legacy at Saint Louis University and in our Athletic Training program. I could not think of better recipients than Erin Fabbri and Brian Leach for the inaugural award in her honor,” Dr. Breitbach said. “Jazmon Carroll and Adam Long are also outstanding students that regularly demonstrate professional excellence in the tradition that ‘Doc’ Bauman set at SLU.”
Recipients of both of the scholarships will be formally recognized in February 2019 at the annual Athletic Training Speaker Series and Recognition Ceremony at Saint Louis University.
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