Sport and Exercise Science Students Receive NSCAF Scholarships


Pictured left to right: Ran Wang, Alyssa Varanoske, David Church, Kayla Baker, and Mike La Monica

Exercise Physiology doctoral students are 2017 National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation (NSCAF) Scholarship recipients. Five students were awarded with $1,500 scholarships.

The NSCA is an international, nonprofit professional organization committed to advancing the strength and conditioning profession. The NSCAF supports the NSCA’s mission by providing funds for educational and research activities that enhance strength and conditioning.

The organization’s scholarships are designed to encourage students to enter the field of strength conditioning. For Kayla Baker, receiving the Women’s Scholarship means more than the award.

"Exercise Physiology is a male-dominated field and I think it’s important for women to feel empowered and see themselves as equals."

Mike La Monica won the Challenge Scholarship and was thrilled about the recognition.

"I was excited about the scholarship and thought it was nice to be recognized and rewarded for my hard work. The award also shows that my research matters."

2017 NSCAF Scholarship Winners

David Church – NSCAF Challenge Scholarship
Mike La Monica – NSCAF Challenge Scholarship
Ran Wang – NSCAF Minority Scholarship
Kayla Baker – NSCAF Women’s Scholarship
Alyssa Varanoske – NSCAF Women’s Scholarship

UCF’s College of Education and Human Performance offers a nationally recognized doctoral program in Exercise Physiology. This program provides advanced studies in the area of exercise physiology and wellness, sport and exercise science. To learn more about the Sport and Exercise Science program, click here.