Cal U's Melinda Primm Receives EATA Scholarship Award

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Cal U's Melinda Primm Receives EATA Scholarship Award

The Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (EATA) recently selected California University of Pennsylvania senior Melinda Primm as a recipient of an EATA Scholarship Award.

The 1997 graduate of Yough High School was selected from an outstanding group of nominees from the District I and District II regions. These districts cover all of the New England states up to, and including, Pennsylvania. Primm was one of eight scholarship awardees in these regions.

Primm, the daughter of Dave and Karen Primm of Smithton, was presented her award at the EATA Annual Awards Banquet at the Providence Westin Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. She received the Scholarship Award of $1500 along with a plaque.

To be considered for the EATA Scholarship award, Primm had to first be nominated for it and then send in letters of recommendation along with her resume and an essay. When Primm first learned that she won such an impressive award, she was stunned. "This came as a complete surprise to me," Primm admits. However, it was not as surprising to her athletic training supervisor, Dr. William Biddington. It was Biddington who first nominated her for the scholarship.

Biddington has worked closely with Primm since she is the current athletic training student with the Cal U men's basketball team. "Mindy does a very good job. She has a good relationship with the players and very good interpersonal skills," Biddington commented.

"This is a very prestigious award," adds Biddington, who is a professor and also chairperson of the health science and sports studies department. "Mindy is Cal U's fifth recipient of the scholarship Award over a span of 10 years," he also noted.

Biddington has also submitted an application on Primm's behalf to the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). They will be notified before the end of the school year if she has been selected as a recipient of an award.

Despite keeping herself busy with the men's basketball team's hectic schedule, the 22 year-old athletic training major still finds the time to participate in on-campus activities. She has been involved in such activities as the Athletic Training club, the Stanley Hall council, the Special Olympics, the peer mentoring program and the Honors Program.

After completing her bachelor's degree, Primm plans to attend graduate school. She would like to eventually teach at the college level, in an atmosphere similar to Cal U.

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