The Mary Channing Coleman Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

Senior candidate for graduation in the Department of Kinesiology (formerly Exercise and Sport Science).

History

Faculty and graduates of the Department of Physical Education (now the School of Health and Human Performance) established The Mary Channing Coleman Fund in memory of Miss Mary Channing Coleman, head of the Physical Education Department from 1920 until her death in 1947. Although unrestricted to its use, scholarship awards for exercise and sport science students (formerly physical education) receive top priority.

Mary Channing Coleman

A native of Virginia, Ms. Coleman received her undergraduate education at Teacher's College, Farmville, VA., a B.S. from Columbia University, NY and a certificate of Hygiene and Physical Education from Wellesley College. She came to the Woman's College (now UNCG) in 1920 and was head of the Department of Physical Education for 27 years, until her death in 1947. What was then the Department of Physical Education is today the School of Health and Human Performance. When Ms Coleman came to the college in 1920, there was no gymnasium, only a game room in south Spencer. Under her direction the department expanded both in physical equipment and in the courses taught, and at her death, the college had one of the best departments in the south. Prior to teaching at the Woman's College, Ms. Coleman taught at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC and in the Detroit Public School System.

Ms. Coleman held many offices in national organizations and wrote numerous articles for professional magazines and journals. She was the author of the first "State Course of Study for Elementary Schools" which was published by the state board of education in 1922 and 1924. Among the many awards received throughout her career, in 1935 she received the Honor Award for meritorious service, the highest award given by the American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation to its members.

How to Apply

Students do not apply. Award is selected by faculty in the Department of Kinesiology (formerly Exercise and Sport Science) each Spring.

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