Martha Bejarano, a senior in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State, was recognized as an American Kinesiology Association National Scholar for 2010.
The award places Bejarano, a mother of four from Austin, among the top students in the field. This is the first year the American Kinesiology Association (AKA) has presented the National Scholar Award.
“Receiving this award makes all those days I stayed up late studying, spending weekends volunteering and not being able to see friends and family worthwhile,” Bejarano said. “It’s affirmation that hard work does and will pay off. It’s not a question of ‘Can you succeed?’ It’s whether you are willing to do and sacrifice what it takes to get there. My goal is to get into physical therapy school. Hopefully, this award will help me stand out and aid in achieving that goal.”
The AKA cited Bejarano’s involvement in organizations such as the Texas State Pre-Physical Therapy Organization and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Bejarano also does volunteer work for Angel Food Distribution Ministry, works as a physical therapy assistant and holds 3.92 grade point average.