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Emerging Professional Award


The purpose of the Emerging Professional Award is to encourage professional involvement in WSPECW, stimulate growth and networking through the interaction inherent in this involvement, and to acknowledge emerging professionals in higher education. Emerging professionals may make contributions to higher education through many avenues such as excellence in teaching, coaching, scholarly endeavors, and/or professional organizational leadership. Emerging professionals may also make contributions to higher education through creativity and innovation in such areas as teaching and/or leadership.


The recipients of this award (a maximum of three will be granted annually) will each be presented with a monetary prize ($250.00) at the annual conference and conference fees for first time attendees will be waived.

To nominate someone for this award, submit a brief letter in support of the nominee as well as a copy of the nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae via the following link: Nomination Application for Emerging Professional Award. In the letter of support, please discuss the nominee’s contributions to higher education in the aforementioned areas where applicable. Nominating someone for this award is an important step in supporting women in higher education (community and/or four-year colleges) and supporting the existence and growth of WSPECW. Nomination Deadline is October 1, 2022.

Recent Award Recipients:


2023: Not awarded

2022: Not awarded

2021: Not awarded

 2020: Luciana Zuest, California State University, Chico

                     Leslie Larson, California State University, Sacramento

                     Alison Ede, California State University, Long Beach

              2019: Not awarded

              2018: Chi-An Emhoff, Saint Mary’s College of California

2017: Emily Houghton, Fort Lewis College

2017: Aubrey Newland, CSU, Chico

2016: Not awarded

2015: Not awarded

2014: E. Missy Wright, California State University, East Bay

2013: Nicole Bolter, Boise State University

2012: Yong Gao, Boise State University

2011: Not awarded

2010: Not awarded

2009: Not awarded

2008: Jessica Chin, San Jose State University

2008: Kathryn Hamel, San Francisco State University

2007: Kerri Kauer, CSU Long Beach

2006: Laura Jones, Boise State University

2005: Not awarded

2004: Alisha St. John, City College of San Francisco

President's Educational Equity Scholarship


The purpose of the President’s Educational Equity Scholarship (PEES) is to recognize the special needs of women of color who are working toward professional careers in kinesiology, or who are already working at the rank of assistant professor, to help recipients in the fulfillment of their career goals, and to encourage ethnic diversity among women in kinesiology. Recipients may focus on any area typically subsumed within the province of human movement, and should show promise of benefiting the kinesiology profession, their communities, and society based upon a record of prior involvement in these areas, future goals, and professional promise. 


Two awards may be granted annually. Graduate students and faculty members at the assistant professor-level are eligible to receive this award. Each recipient will receive a $500.00 scholarship and a waiver of the annual conference registration fee, annual membership fee, and room and board (at the conference site) during their award year. 


To apply for this scholarship, submit your letter of application and resume or curriculum vitae via the following link: Application for President's Educational Equity Scholarship.  Nomination Deadline is October 1, 2022. Applicants should meet the following criteria and discuss the criteria in their letter of application: 

  • A woman of color pursuing graduate work at the master's or doctoral level in the field of kinesiology, or a woman of color working as an assistant professor in the field of kinesiology

  • Past record and future academic promise

  • Past record and future promise as a contributing professional in the human movement field

  • Past record and future promise of benefiting their communities and society

  • For graduate students, need, intended in part to provide extra funds that will make a significant difference in completion of the graduate degree objective


Recent Scholarship Recipients:

2023: Not awarded

2022: Mariane Bacelar & Emily Peralta & Monica Pena

2021: Not awarded

2020: Not awarded

2019: Judy Liao, University of Alberta, Augustana Campus

2018: Luciana Braga,  California State University Chico

2018: Sae-Mi Lee, California State University Chico

2017: Robin Dunn, Saint Mary's College

2017: Fana Fuqua, Saint Mary's College

2017: Alissa Huerta, San Francisco State University

2017: Xiaoping Fan, CSU, Chico

2016: Dulce Gomez, San Francisco State University

2015: Not awarded

2014: Yang (Sunny) Zhang, San Jose State University

2013: Claudia Chavez, Boise State University

2012: Not awarded

2011: Not awarded

2010: Not awarded

2009: Andrea Johnson, CSU East Bay

2008: Not awarded

2007: Lorneneth Merana, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

2006: Tomika Tobar, CSU East Bay

2005: Not awarded

2004: ZaNean McClain, Sacramento State

Professional Development Grant


The purpose of this grant is to promote the professional work of members of WSPECW. A maximum of $1,000 may be awarded annually (i.e., no award will be less than $250 and no award will be more than $1,000). The number of awards granted annually depends upon the number and quality of the proposals submitted. 


Proposals may include, but are not limited to, requests for support of the following:

  • The development of new, innovative, teaching or coaching related materials

  • Research projects

  • Development of professionally-related computer software

  • Attendance at a special workshop or symposium


To apply for this grant, submit your proposal, curriculum vitae, and letters of support [optional] via the following link: Proposal for Professional Development Grant. Nomination Deadline is October 1, 2022.  Applicants should include the following criteria in their proposals for the Professional Development Grant:

  • A cover page that includes the principal investigator’s name, academic rank or status, and professional address (graduate students should also identify the major professor).

  • A detailed description of the activity or project for which funding is being requested (not to exceed five typewritten, double-spaced pages).

  • Proposed budget

  • A description of the specific ways that the proposed activity or project will contribute to the professional development of the principal investigator (not to exceed two typewritten, double-spaced pages).

  • Identification of other available funding or requested funding for the proposed activity or project.

  • Proposed timelines for the activity or project. Normally, completion of the activity or project should occur within one year of notification of funding.

  • One to three letters of support are optional. However, graduate students MUST include a letter of support from their major professor.

  • Curriculum vita of the principal investigator.


NOTE: Recipients of a Professional Development Grant should plan to attend and present the results of their work at the WSPECW Annual Conference the year immediately following receipt of this grant.


Recent Grant Recipients:

2023: Not awarded

2022: Jennifer Ball

2021: Sarah Eikleberry; Luciana Zuest, California State University, Chico

2020: Dulce Gomez, Auburn University

2019: Sae-Mi Lee, California State University, Chico

2018: Shelley Lucas, Boise State University & Laura Chase, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

2018: Aubrey Newland, California State University Chico

2017: Jessica Chin, San Jose State University

2017: Karen Moreno, Arizona State University

2016: Not awarded

2015: Ky Russell, San Jose State University

2015: Nicole Bolter, San Francisco State University

2014: Not awarded

2013: Not awarded

2012: Jessica Chin, San Jose State University

2011: Shelley Lucas & Laura Jones Petranek, Boise State University

2010: Maria Veri, San Francisco State University

2009: Rita Liberti, CSU East Bay & Maureen Smith, Sacramento State

2008: Gloria Solomon, CSU Sacramento

2007: Not awarded

2006: Rita Liberti, CSU East Bay & Maureen Smith, Sacramento State

2005: Not awarded

2004: Rita Liberti, CSU East Bay & Maureen Smith, Sacramento State

President's Scholarship Fund


The President’s Scholarship Fund was started by Gail Evans in 2000 when the cruise line for her conference provided “free passage” for every ten that were purchased.  It was a four-day cruise from Long Beach to Ensenada and the conference theme was “Pastport to the Future.” Since that time, the fund has been supported by the membership, particularly past presidents. Today, the purpose of the President’s Scholarship is to provide funding for new members who are Assistant or Associate Professors or lecturers, and are also first-time attendees to a WSPECW conference.  The Scholarship may be used toward attendance at the conference, including lodging, meals, and/or travel. The amount of the scholarship(s) will depend on funds available and will be awarded at the discretion of the President.


Applicants should submit a letter of application to the President, including:

  • Name of current institution

  • Number of years and position at current institution

  • Discipline/Area of specialization

  • How you heard about WSPECW

  • Why you are interested in attending the WSPECW Annual Conference

  • A letter of support from a WSPECW member, if possible (not required)

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