Student employee earns post-professional scholarship

Monday, April 2, 2018 Student employee earns post-professional scholarship

Kate Suelter, recipient of the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association post-professional scholarship.

Kate Suelter, a senior from Omaha, working at Campus Recreation in Injury Prevention and Care is a recipient of the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association post-professional scholarship.

Suelter has worked for Campus Recreation for nearly three years where she serves as a first responder while also leading peers as a teaching assistant and student organization officer. She credits her time as a student employee with developing confidence in her abilities.

“I’ve developed leadership skills and improved my athletic training skills as a whole,” says Suelter. “This helps me reach my academic goals because my classes involve taking initiative, giving presentations, being punctual, and becoming efficient at working independently. At IPC, I apply all of these aspects when filling out/turning in accident reports, quickly responding to emergency situations, making critical decisions in a short amount of time, and staying organized on the job.”

Her nominator Jennifer Krueger, injury prevention and care coordinator, says Suelter embraces opportunities to further her skills while giving back to the community around her.

“After having a clinical rotation with UNL Wrestling last year, [Suelter] reached out to Scott Martens to ask if he needed help at the NSAA State Wrestling Tournament,” says Krueger. “She volunteered her time to help out at the state tournament and to learn from other athletic trainers.”

In her recommendation letter, Krueger says that Suelter’s diligence and ability to balance the rigors of the athletic training curriculum and clinical rotations with student employment and community service set her apart.

Scholarship applicants were evaluated based on academic achievement, clinical skill and performance, professional service, community service, character and their capacity as a future professional. The scholarship is a $500 stipend available for one year.

Upon graduation in May, Suelter plans to attend graduate school at West Virginia University.

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