Scholarships for undergraduate students

Frances Kidd Endowed Scholarship [5080]

About this fund

To provide scholarships to undergraduate students studying Kinesiology (formerly Physical Education students).

Anticipated award: $2,500 (two $1,250 awards)

Deadline: The 2021-22 scholarship cycle is now closed.

Background: Frances Kidd received an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Minnesota in 1947, two years after she began teaching in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Fran’s innovative leadership and contributions to physical education in Minneapolis, the state of Minnesota, and at the national level, are immeasurable. She was instrumental in the development of the K-6 physical education curriculum guide in 1958, praised as innovative work in curriculum development. Teachers and administrators clearly recognized Fran Kidd's leadership in curriculum development. It was, however, in the area of girls' sports that thousands of female students recognized the impact she had upon their lives. When Fran began working with the Minneapolis Public Schools, the program for girls' athletics consisted of four sports (badminton, golf, swimming and tennis) and limited financial support. Fran worked with Giffy O'Dell, director of boys' athletics, and school district officials to "do what was best for boys and girls." She diligently worked to obtain additional funding for girls' athletics and the program advanced to include transportation, practice time at pools and golf courses, uniforms, and the addition of track and field, volleyball, cross-country, and gymnastics. Many University of Minnesota athletes came out of the interscholastic athletic program that Fran Kidd developed. In her work in physical education with the Minneapolis Public Schools, Fran hired many physical education graduates from the College of Education and Human Development because she was impressed with the quality of their background.

Application criteria: Undergraduate student award. Applicants must be students studying in Kinesiology. This scholarship is awarded based on financial need, undergraduate GPA, and proven potential, especially in a leadership role. Interested and eligible applicants must submit a letter of application describing their financial need and a personal statement addressing demonstrated leadership qualities and/or potential leadership and vision.

Selection process: Selection process administered by the School.

Selection committee: Director of Undergraduate Studies and Undergraduate Program Advisors.

Contact: Jonathan Sweet sweet006@umn.edu

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