Last fall we announced our new scholarship program, the Ripple Effect Leadership in Fitness scholarship. Our intent was to provide $500 in financial assistance to a BIPOC college student who is pursuing a career in health & fitness. You can read more about the “Why” on the scholarship page.
We’re thrilled to announce our first scholarship recipient: Fametta Zubah! Fametta is a freshman at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Kinesiology. Her dream is to become a pediatric physical therapist, to help children recover from injuries and live pain-free. Definitely a worthwhile pursuit!
Here’s what our scholarship committee members loved about Fametta’s application:
- She truly understands the power of having a role model and it shaped her calling to work in this field – she had two female role models herself, and wants to pay it forward, make well-being accessible to all
- She has a holistic, well-being mindset (vs just sports/competition) – she understands that health and mobility is empowering
- She is driven to work with children, and help establish quality of life and good habits early on – truly a ripple effect
“Being able to help children get their mobility going in order for them to be able to run around and stay active will always be one of my main priorities. When they’re happy that makes me truly happy and that is why I can’t wait to obtain my degree and be able to start working with my wonderful patients in the future.”
Congratulations Fametta, we can’t wait to see what you do in the future!
We’ll be announcing details for our next round of scholarships in the coming months. Our hope is to grow this program with fundraising initiatives and events in the future, to be able to give more scholarships and increase the amount. The ultimate goal is to help reduce racial disparities in health outcomes and trainer representation, by helping support the education of young people of color who are interested in a career in community health & fitness.
Special thank you to our wonderful members at Ripple Effect, whose memberships and support of the gym made this scholarship possible.