Alumnus John A. Mayes has established a $50,000 scholarship endowment for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation.
Through the “John A. Mayes Scholarship Endowment,” a scholarship will be awarded annually to an ethnically-diverse, entry level graduate athletic training/sports medicine student. The first funds will be awarded in 2009. John’s donation is the single largest endowment contribution from an individual since the foundation’s incorporation in 1991,” said Foundation President Mark Hoffman, ATC.
Mayes said, “I hope my donation will inspire others to join in the effort to help enhance educational opportunities for ethnically-diverse students pursuing athletic training/sports medicine as a career. I’m a firm believer that it’s not what you do for yourself that counts; it’s what you do for others.” Mayes chose to recognize entry level graduate students to ensure the recipients are truly serious about an athletic training career.
Mayes, a certified athletic trainer, is the director of Athletic Training/Sports Medicine at Prairie View A&M University. Mayes earned the Master’s degree from PVAMU in 1993. He is a member of the National Athletics Trainers Association, Southwest Athletics Trainers Association and the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association and was the national liaison to the National Athletic Trainers Association on Ethnic Diversity. In 2007, he received the NATA’s National Service Award.