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Athletic Training major earns EATA scholarship

01/21/15 

Elizabeth Doughty ’15 (pictured above, on the right) of Westford, Mass., finished up her winter break with a trip to Philadelphia, Pa., where she received the Kerkor “Koko” Kassabian Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) Scholarship Award earlier this month at the organization’s annual conference in Philadelphia, Pa.

According to Ryan Krzyzanowicz (pictured above, on the left), an assistant professor of biology and the clinical education coordinator of MCLA’s Athletic Training Education Program, Doughty won the scholarship - which consisted of $3,000 to cover education costs and a plaque - over students that applied from programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

As MCLA’s first recipient of the EATA award, “I am extremely honored to have been awarded the scholarship,” Doughty said. “Words cannot accurately capture how much this means to me. It is a huge help paying for my last semester here at MCLA. It is especially important because I won’t have to take out a loan this semester… It’s a great way to finish my MCLA career.”

One day, Doughty hopes to be an athletic trainer who helps patients to recover from physical and mental injuries.

Presently in recovery herself from an orthopedic surgery, “I know the challenges patients can face,” she explained. “It takes a lot of patience, trust and dedication to recover from an injury or surgery. I want to help patients throughout this process, or even do research to help discover the best ways for prevention and rehabilitation of injuries.”

Extremely active on campus, Doughty also was honored with two other awards less than a year ago. Last spring she received both the MCLA Health Science Achievement Award and the MCLA Faculty Association Outstanding Student Award.

In her third year as a resident adviser, Doughty works in the Flagg Townhouse Complex.

“Residence life has been a large part of my MCLA career. I enjoy helping make the residence halls home for students. I get to support the residents and work as a team with the rest of my staff. I have made so many friendships through my role as an RA that mean the world to me. I have some amazing people I can rely on to support me,” she said.

A member of the National Residence Hall Honorary, she served as its president last year, and has been part of the L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Education, Action, Development) Academy staff for the past three summers.

Also an admissions ambassador this year, Doughty loves to show MCLA off to potential students. In addition, she's a tutor for others who major in athletic training, and president of the Biology Club. For the past three years, she’s served as president of the Class of 2015.

As an athletic training major, Doughty is required to complete 150 hours of clinical experience each semester. Throughout her educational career, she’s worked with MCLA Athletics, MCLA Dance Medicine, Williams College football, and men’s soccer and basketball teams at Southern Vermont College.

“I am a firm believer that most of my education has occurred outside the classroom, especially in my clinical rotations,” she said. “I get to reinforce topics discussed in class and to be creative as no injury, rehabilitation protocol, or prevention technique is exactly the same.”

Last spring, Doughty traveled to the United Kingdom with her study abroad class.

“I learned so much about England,” she said. “We even took a day trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. I got to see a different culture, learn about their past, and travel abroad for the first time. It meant so much to me to be able to see another part of the world with some of my best friends, and meet new people from MCLA.”

Doughty also discovered that she can handle far more than she thought as she learned many invaluable lessons about herself, life and others.

“These experiences have helped me stay focused. I am here to be a student, and my grades should not and cannot be affected by other experiences. I have done extremely well in the classroom and, if I stay on track this semester and don’t let 'senioritis' take over, hope to graduate summa cum laude.”