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Endowed National Scholarship Honors DU Department Chair

Athletic trainers in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania recently honored Dr. Paula Sammarone Turocy of Duquesne University with a $75,000 endowed National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Research and Education Foundation scholarship in her name.

"I was so honored and surprised by this wonderful recognition. It is even more exciting, because not only am I just the second woman to have a scholarship endowed in my name, but also because my senior-level students are eligible for this scholarship that can help to subsidize their continuing education," said Turocy, associate professor and chair of athletic training in the John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences at Duquesne.

The $2,000 Paula Sammarone Turocy Post Graduate Scholarship will provide financial support for athletic training graduate students who exhibit academic excellence and leadership. Junior and seniors enrolled in the 360 accredited athletic training programs across the nation are eligible for the scholarship.

"This is a tremendous testament to Dr. Turocy by her peers and an honor for the Rangos School of Health Sciences and Duquesne University," said Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, Duquesne University's president.

Turocy is an accomplished researcher and scholar with a national reputation in the field of athletic training. She recently completed her term as the inaugural chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, a national specialized professional accrediting agency that accredits approximately 360 athletic training educational programs nationally.

A member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame, Turocy is a past recipient of the NATA Sayers "Bud" Miller Distinguished Educator Award, the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, NATA Service Award and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society's Distinguished Merit Award. She has been recognized by Who's Who Among American Women, American Education, America's Teachers and Health Sciences Higher Education and is a member of both Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Epsilon Kappa honorary professional fraternities.

Turocy is the founding chair of Duquesne's athletic training program and she held the inaugural Anna L. Rangos Rizakus Endowed Chair for Health Sciences and Ethics. She resides in Bethel Park with her husband, Regis.

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