ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University senior Jamie Golden has
been selected as one of three undergraduate students nationwide to receive a Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Golden, a physical education major from Inver Grove Heights, Minn., will receive a $1,250 scholarship.
The Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship, developed by the past presidents of the AAHPERD to honor deserving students, is awarded to three undergraduate students and two graduate students each January. This year’s scholarships will be presented at the AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition, which will be held in in April in Charlotte, N.C.
Golden, the daughter of Karen Golden, is a member of the NSU women’s tennis team, co-editor of the Exponent and vice president of the PHIT Club. She is student teaching this semester at Ipswich High School and will graduate in May. Golden recently accepted the position of head women's tennis coach in her hometown school, Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights. She will also help coach the basketball and softball programs for the 2013-14 academic year.
Golden said she is honored to be chosen to receive the scholarship and to be able to represent Northern State University.
“Being a part of AAHPERD and becoming the future professional president for the nine Central District states has been a true blessing. I have been able to meet so many professionals in different fields and grow both in my profession and as an individual,” she said.
“I cannot thank AAHPERD enough for the constant support and opportunities to grow to my full potential as a future professional in physical education and health. I hope to honor Ruth Abernathy and the great legacy she has left behind by continuing my strong dedication to AAHPERD and a love for my profession.”