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Three from Indiana State honored with athletic training scholarships

June 24, 2015

Three Indiana State University students, rising seniors Lena Grunloh and Aly Spillman and graduate student Zachary Winkelmann, have been awarded scholarships from the National Athletic Training Association Foundation for their excellence in athletic training.

"These scholarships are the most prestigious awards the National Athletic Training Association Foundation gives to students," said Kenneth Games, assistant professor and director of clinical education for the post-professional athletic training program.

Games is a two-time recipient of scholarships from the organization , and is proud of the representation Indiana State is receiving.

"Having a single winner from a school is rare, but to have three students selected in the same year is quite special and it speaks volumes to the great work these students are doing here at ISU."

Winkelmann, originally from Houston, Texas, said he is "very blessed and honored" to receive the Kent and Maxine Falb scholarship at the master's student level. He recently completed the post-professional Master of Science program in athletic training, and is proceeding through Indiana State as a PhD student in curriculum, instruction, media, and technology. During this time, he will also serve as a teaching assistant in the Department of Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Grunloh, of Effingham, Ill., is the recipient of the Living Pinky Newell Undergraduate Scholarship. She is actively involved in the program and has several undergraduate research experiences with athletic training faculty. She said she is "entirely grateful for the opportunity to represent the NATA Foundation and the field of athletic training in my community and student efforts."

Spillman, also of Effingham, earned the National Athletic Training Foundation's Z. Mel Blickenstaff Memorial Scholarship-named after one of the first athletic trainers at Indiana State and hall of hamer in the profession. Spillman also has multiple undergraduate research experiences with athletic training faculty and is president of the Athletic Training Student Association at Indiana State.


"Thanks to the NATA for their generous educational support and scholarship, I am able to continue with my educational goals and dreams and continue to serve my community," she said

Photo: - Zachary WinkelmannPhoto: - Lena Grunloh

Photo: - Alexandra ‘Aly' Spillman

Contact: Kenneth Games, assistant professor, department of applied medicine and rehabilitation, Indiana State University, 812-237-3961 or

Writer: Kristen Kilker, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3773 or