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SLU Athletic Training Student Earns Three Prestigious Scholarships and a National Leadership Position

Saint Louis University (SLU) Athletic Training student Madelyn Cavanaugh was recently named the recipient of three prestigious Athletic Training scholarships. Cavanaugh received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association – Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society Lamar “Bubba” Tyer Scholarship; Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association Professional Graduate Scholarship Award; and the Hughston Foundation Jim Madaleno, MS, ATC, Scholarship in Athletic Training.

Maddie Cavanaugh
SLU AT student Madelyn Cavanaugh was recently announced as the recipient of three prestigious scholarships and the next Chair of the NATA Student Leadership Committee.

Cavanaugh was hopeful, but was not expecting to be awarded a scholarship, let alone three different scholarships.

“I was very shocked to find out I had gotten a scholarship in the first place, then finding out I received all three of these was out of this world,” Cavanaugh said. “While receiving a scholarship is great, it is even more humbling to receive the award and recognition.”

During her time at SLU, Cavanaugh has been an extremely active member of the Athletic Training community – both nationally and locally. Cavanaugh currently serves as the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) representative on the on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Student Leadership Committee and as the chairperson of the SLU Iota Tau Alpha chapter (the Athletic Training honor society). Next year, Cavanaugh will serve as the National Chair of the NATA Student Leadership Committee.

“I’ve been able to create so many wonderful connections this year by serving on the NATA Student Leadership Committee and the District 5 Student Leadership Council,” Cavanaugh said. “The progress that has been made in these committees with such a short amount of time speaks to the rigor that the students across the district and nation work with and to the standards to which everyone holds themselves.”

SLU Athletic Training Program Director Anthony Breitbach, Ph.D., ATC, FASAHP, FNAP, sees the tremendous impact that Cavanaugh has on the Athletic Training community on a daily basis.

“Through her actions, Maddie lives out our common Jesuit traditions; she is dedicated to professional development and advocacy for the Athletic Training profession and the persons/communities we serve,” Dr. Breitbach said. “We are proud of her engagement and leadership and look forward to her future growth and career impact as a health professional.”

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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.