Awards & Scholarships

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CEHS Awards

Rust And Centennial Scholarships

Martha Sinclair Rust & Mary Sinclair Rust Memorial Education Scholarship and the Longwood University Teacher Education Centennial Scholarship require that a department chair in consultation with the faculty nominate you. Both scholarships are awarded to rising seniors who have completed 75 school hours and have a minimum 3.25 GPA.


HARK Department Awards

Olive T. Iler Award

This award is given yearly to a rising senior majoring in physical education in the teaching option. The student must have been a student at Longwood University for five (5) semesters and must have made plans to complete the degree at Longwood University. The recipient must possess outstanding personal qualities, high ideals, good scholarship and professional ethics.

 Eleanor W. Bobbitt Award

This award is given yearly to a full time junior or senior physical education major in the teaching option. The student must have attended Longwood University at least two years, have a 2.75 overall GPA and a 3.00 major GPA. The student must be outstanding in professionalism as demonstrated by attendance and/or membership in student and professional organizations, and an active participant in service projects. This award is renewable.


Therapeutic Recreation Awards

Linda Marie Hall Mahorney Scholarship

Criteria for Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be full-time student that has declared therapeutic recreation as their major at Longwood University, and achieved a 3.0 or better.
  • Provide evidence of campus involvement and/or Therapeutic Recreation [TRO].
  • Demonstrate professional attributes such as commitment to the profession, dependability, and responsibility.
  • Submitwithapplicationaone page essay addressing the following:
    • What attributes do you believe you have in working in the TR Field?
    • What experiences have you had that will enable you to work with people in TR?
    • You may add any other information that would best represent you in our decision.

Important Dates:

  • Applications are to be submitted to the Therapeutic Recreation Program Director (Dr. Koesler, 110 Willett) by February 15.
  • Faculty review of applications and selection will be completed by February 25.

The financial reward will be credited to the recipient's Longwood account.

Jimmy Yarbrough Inspiration Award 

In April of 2006, the Jimmy Yarbrough Inspiration Award was presented for the first time, honoring the memory of and memorializing the former Longwood senior associate director of admissions who died April 14, 2005. The award recognizes a student-athlete who exhibits exemplary performance academically, in intercollegiate competition, and in community service. The initial winner is junior field hockey defender Katie Murphy/Virginia Beach (Princess Anne), also President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

James M. Yarbrough (1957-2005)

As a Longwood University student, Jimmy Yarbrough was a high-scoring guard on the first two men's basketball teams. Later, as senior associate director of admissions, he worked to find scholarship money so that high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds could attend Longwood. Thus, it's only appropriate that one of Longwood's most popular employees, who died April 14, 2005, is being memorialized with a new award for student-athletes that will honor his memory.

The Jimmy Yarbrough Inspiration Award, initiated by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, recognizes a student-athlete who exhibits exemplary performance academically, in intercollegiate competition, and in service to the community. Yarbrough played basketball at Longwood for two years (1976-77 and 1977-78) and still holds the single-game scoring record (46 points) and record for field goals (16) in a game while ranking third in career scoring average (19.5). Yarbrough, a Longwood alumnus (B.S. '82, M.S. '96), died after battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for eight years. He had worked in the admissions office since 1989 and had developed a devoted following among high school students for his legendary skill as a speaker. Yarbrough is survived by his wife, Allie, and three children: Neal, Jason, and Anne.


State and National Awards

Major students selected are eligible to receive the following awards:

VAHPERD Student Recognition Award:

  • Overall GPA 2.8
  • Major GPA 3.0
  • Attendance at a previous professional convention (if an athlete is being considered, attendance at a previous VAHPERD/professional convention may be waived if a varsity game was scheduled for the convention date).
  • Participation in intramural or varsity athletics for a minimum of one (1) year.
  • Member of the student major club with active involvement. The organization's advisor will determine involvement.

Frances A. Mays Scholarship Award:

  • Overall GPA 2.8
  • Major GPA 3.0
  • Senior student majoring in health, physical education, recreation, or dance.
  • Shall have been a student for three (3) years at a Virginia college/university offering a degree in health, physical education, recreation, or dance, and shall have made plans to complete the degree at that college/university.
  • Attendance at a previous professional convention (if an athlete is being considered, attendance at a previous VAHPERD/professional convention may be waived if a varsity game was scheduled for the convention date).
  • Member of the student major club with active involvement. The organization's advisor will determine involvement.

NASPE Outstanding Major Award:

  • Overall GPA 2.8
  • Major GPA 3.0
  • Attendance at a previous professional convention (if an athlete is being considered, attendance at a previous VAHPERD/professional convention may be waived if a varsity game was scheduled for the convention date).
  • Participation in intramural or varsity athletics for a minimum of one (1) year.
  • Member of the student major club with active involvement. Involvement will be determined by the organization's advisor(s).

Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (VACTE) Award

Longwood University, A VACTE member institution, may nominate one student each year that is currently enrolled full-time in the teacher education program. The VACTE Scholarship Committee will use the following criteria for selection:

  • This scholarship is open to all students. However, preference will be given to minority candidates.
  • Students must be a junior or senior admitted to the teacher education program and should be able to demonstrate a balanced program in liberal arts and professional education.
  • Should have prior or current experience in working with children or young people (i.e. camp, volunteer work, student professional club, etc.).
  • Overall GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Longwood University Scholarships for students who plan to teach:

Other general scholarships and awards are listed in the current undergraduate catalog.