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SLU Athletic Training Program Awards Annual Burgett and Bauman Scholarships

The Saint Louis University (SLU) Athletic Training (AT) program recently awarded its two annual scholarships to graduate students within the program. The recipients of the 2021 Brandi Burgett Memorial Award and Scholarship were Madelyn Cavanaugh and Brittany Risko. The recipient of the 2021 Clarence “Bob” Bauman Endowed Scholarship in Athletic Training was Katie Wissing.

SLU AT 2021 Scholarship Recipients
(Left to right) Madelyn Cavanaugh, Brittany Risko and Katie Wissing

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 have allowed the Burgett Memorial Award and Scholarship to grow and continue to reward hardworking students each year.

Cavanaugh was very excited and grateful to learn she had been named one of the recipients of the Burgett Memorial Scholarship.

“I was honored to find out that my goals and perseverance will let me help carry out Brandi Burgett’s legacy,” Cavanaugh said. “I work every day to be a woman for others and I was honored to be named a recipient of this award.”

Risko explained how Burgett’s story motivates her to be the best student and person that she can be every day.

“Brandi Burgett’s legacy is one that inspires you to pursue what you want no mater the obstacle,” Risko said. “In my pursuit to being an athletic trainer, she reminds me of hard work, ethical practice and never giving up on the goal ahead.”

In addition to the Burgett Scholarship, the SLU AT program was again able to award 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.

Wissing was very happy to represent Bob Bauman and try to help carry on his legacy within the SLU Athletic Training program.

“I felt so honored to receive such a prestigious scholarship within the SLU Athletic Training program. It feels incredible to be recognized for my hard work and dedication to this program and to be associated with an athletic training legend like Bob Bauman,” Wissing said. “I am inspired by and hope to emulate Bob Bauman’s devotion to providing optimal care to those in our community.”

SLU Athletic Training Program Director Anthony Breitbach, Ph.D., ATC, FASAHP, was proud of all the scholarship recipients and thought they were each great representatives of the respective awards.

“Maddie is tirelessly dedicated to the Athletic Training profession through her great work with Iota Tau Alpha and the NATA Student Leadership Committee, Brittany has successfully navigated physical challenges while excelling in both the classroom and clinical settings, and Katie has done an outstanding job balancing the academic and clinical demands of our program while maintaining the schedule of a championship-level athlete,” Dr. Breitbach said.

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of more than 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of more than 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.