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Scholarships in Kinesiology

Laurence & Ethel Young Scholarship

Scholar: KyKyle Salcedole Salcedo

Year Awarded: 2015

 Major: Kinesiology

Kyle Says: “I wish Laurence and Ethel Young were here today so that they could see the opportunities that their generosity has provided for not only my family, but for those individuals I will help in the future. The scholarship has given me the boost I need to change the world within physical therapy.”

Career Aspiration:  Kyle hopes to begin a program in physical therapy once completing his studies in kinesiology. He aspires to become a physical therapist specializing in physical education for individuals who use prosthetics and his goal is to create affordable 3D-printed prosthetics for amputees.

About the Scholarship:  The late Dr. Laurence Young was a professor of kinesiology in the physical education option at CSUN for many years. He and his wife Ethel established a planned gift that enabled Kyle, and will enable many others in the future, to be rewarded for their time, leadership and the hard work they put into their academic major.

Leslie and Terry Cutler Kinesiology Scholarship

Scholar:  Michael Owens

Year Awarded: 2015

Major:  Kinesiology

About the Scholarship:  Leslie “Les” and Terry Cutler are long time contributors to CSUN and this scholarship expands their giving to the university in their area of interest in healthcare. Les attended CSUN in 1963, although he did not graduate from the university, he went on to become a dentist, receive a PhD and become the Chancellor and Provost of Health Affairs at the University of Connecticut. It is the intention of the donors that this scholarship be awarded to kinesiology students with outstanding potential to become a leader in the field of health, fitness and rehabilitation as they proceed through the adapted physical activity graduate program. The student must also be working in the Center of Achievement.   

Marian Cutler & Lucille Grubman Outstanding Graduate Research Award in Kinesiology

Scholar: Elizabeth Garcia
Year Awarded: 2015
Major: Kinesiology

About the Scholarship: Leslie “Les” and Terry Cutler are long time contributors to CSUN. This award expands their giving to the university and it is in their area of interest, healthcare. Les attended CSUN in 1963, although he did not graduate from the university, he went on to become a dentist, receive a PhD and become the chancellor and provost of health affairs at the University of Connecticut. Les and Terry created this outstanding graduate research award in honor of their mothers, Marian Cutler and Lucille Grubman. It is the intention of the donors that this award be given to kinesiology students with outstanding clinical potential as they proceed through the adapted physical activity program. The student must also be working in the Center of Achievement through Adapted Physical Activity.

Norman Cutler Outstanding Graduate Leadership Award

Scholar: Ileana Hurtado

Year Awarded: 2015

Major: Kinesiology, specialization in Adapted Physical Activity

Ileana Says: “Thank you to Les and Terry Cutler for their concern about the care of others and their generosity for the students who wish to make a difference. It means a lot that the issues I want to improve on are also on the minds of great people like the Cutlers.”

Career Aspiration: When Ileana was in high school she worked as a junior counselor at a camp for children in elementary school. There she met a young girl named Cheyenne. Ileana and Cheyenne spent a lot of time together and one day Cheyenne asked Ileana to help her play tag. The reason Cheyenne needed help was because she was in a wheelchair. Ileana was Cheyenne’s feet that day, Cheyenne would point and Ileana would run. That was the day that Ileana knew she wanted to do that for the rest of her life. When she began her studies at CSUN, she knew she wanted to pursue kinesiology because of the Center of Achievement. Ileana would like to continue to work with individuals with disabilities after graduation. She would like to one day establish an adapted gym or facility that is not only ADA compliant, but also friendly and welcoming. She hopes to contribute to making it socially acceptable for people of different abilities to work out and stay healthy side by side with others in the community.

About the Scholarship: Leslie “Les” and Terry Cutler are long time contributors to CSUN and this award expands their giving to the university. This gift is in their area of interest, healthcare. Les attended CSUN in 1963, although he did not graduate from the university, he went on to become a dentist, receive a PhD and become the chancellor and provost of health affairs at the University of Connecticut. Les and Terry created this outstanding graduate leadership award in honor of Les’ father Norman Cutler, who was a champion of excellence and showed a strong commitment to helping others achieve greatness in their career and calling. 

Ruth Shiffrar Scholarship in Physical Education

Scholar: Karen GuzmanKaren Guzman

Major  Kinesiology (Physical Education)

Year Awarded: 2015

 Karen Says: “I can’t thank Maggie Shiffrar enough. It was fascinating hearing about her mother’s love towards teaching and I am truly honored to merely try to make [her] proud of me. I too plan to one day open a scholarship fund under my uncle’s name.”

Career Aspiration:  Karen believes there is a need for change in our school system’s physical education programs. This desire to bring about change has led her to envision herself as a physical education instructor who works alongside classroom teachers planning ways for students to learn in the classroom, but to also set aside time for the children to be active. She aspires to continue her education after graduating and to one day obtain her doctoral degree. She sees herself as being an active leader for change in the school districts as a physical educator and to strive to mandate that all students have a quality physical education program in their schools with adequate equipment and credentialed teachers.

About the Scholarship:  This scholarship was made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Margaret Shiffrar, the assistant vice president of graduate studies at CSUN, in memory of her mother, Ruth Shiffrar. Ruth was a CSU graduate and champion of physical education for school children. She was a proud fourth generation Californian whose childhood was happily spent playing in the outdoors of the Central Coast. Ruth was a high school physical education teacher in Northern California for many years. When California public schools began to systematically de-fund physical education courses, her concern for the future health of Californians grew. The goal of this scholarship is to help right the health related wrongs that resulted from de-funding programs by supporting a CSUN student with outstanding potential to become a leader in the field of physical education. Read more about the scholarship and Karen Guzman here.