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The annual scholar awards honor a select number of students from member departments, recommended by department faculty, whose academic and leadership records are distinctive. The awards are intended to recognize and promote academic excellence, to further the professional competence and dedication of academically accomplished students, and to promote kinesiology and its related fields.

AKA sponsors awards in four categories:

  • Undergraduate Scholar,
  • Master’s Scholar,
  • Doctoral Scholar,
  • Graduate Student Writing.

Winners will be selected in those categories based on department institutional membership. Therefore, there will be three Undergraduate winners, two Masters winners, one Doctoral winner, and one Writing winner.

Nominations for each award category can only be made by the department chair or an authorized faculty/staff member.  Students cannot self-nominate.

American Association of Kinesiology Scholar Awards


Nominees for the Scholar Awards should meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a GPA of 3.5 or higher (3.75 for Doctoral Scholar Award) in a 4.0 GPA scale
  • Expected to graduate in the 2024 calendar year
  • Is earning a Kinesiology-related degree

Nominees for the Graduate Student Writing Award should meet the following requirements:

  • Is the first author on the publication
  • The manuscripts was published in the 2023 calendar year
  • Was a current student in a Kinesiology-related graduate program when the manuscript was accepted for publication


Nominations for the Scholar Awards should include:

  • A single pdf file containing the student’s vita (not to exceed two pages) that includes information concerning the student’s academic performance, scholarly interests/accomplishments, leadership, and service to the profession.

A sample CV is provided for reference.  Note:  If a student’s vita exceeds the two-page limit, they will not be considered for the national award.

Nominations for the Writing Award should include

  • A pdf of the student’s publication

Criteria of Selection

For each award category, each member institution can nominate one individual as their local award recipient, and those recipients will receive a certificate of recognition and appear on the AKA website. All local recipients will then be nominees for the national awards in each category.

National award winners and honorable mentions are selected after a thorough review by 5-6 AKA Student Awards Committee members. Reviews are based on standardized rubrics for each award category (e.g., scholar and writing). In order to avoid any conflicts of interest, committee members do not review applicants from their own institution and the chair of the committee is not involved in the review process.


The national award recipients will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card and an AKA memorabilia medal in addition to a national certificate of recognition. National award winners will also be noted on the AKA website, Kinesiology Today, and AKA Social media channels.

There is one online nomination tool for department chairs to use for the four award categories. Department chairs submitting for each category will need to submit four nominations, one for each nominee. Nominations must be submitted no later than the deadline.

Questions about the selection/review process, completing the form, or eligibility and criteria should be directed to Dr. Albert Mendoza, Chair of the AKA Student Awards Committee (albert.mendoza@csueastbay.edu).

Current Recipients of AKA Student Awards