June 14, 2022

Colorado Springs, CO — The National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the Foundation’s 2022 grants. This year, the Foundation will distribute a total of more than $178,000 to 17 deserving individuals. The grants fulfill the Foundation’s mission of supporting the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) by providing funding for educational and research endeavors that enhance the practical applications of strength and conditioning.

The NSCA Foundation is one of the few foundations that fund research across all levels of education and experience, from master’s degree students up to senior investigators. It is also one of the few sources that funds work in the strength and conditioning field.

This year’s students and researchers join a prestigious legacy of grant recipients and bring the total number of recipients to 206 since the Foundation’s creation in 2007. The following grant recipients were selected by the NSCA Foundation Grant Committee and Grant Panel after a thorough evaluation process of all applications.


Graduate Student Research Grant – Doctoral:

  • Rudi A. Marciniak, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Hannah Cabre, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jennifer Rivera, Kent State University*
  • Pasquale J. Succi, University of Kentucky*
  • Paulo Henrique Caldeira Mesquita, Auburn University

Graduate Student Research Grant – Master’s:

  • Joseph D. Vondrasek, Georgia Southern University*
  • Patrick Schunk, University of North Texas*

Young Investigator Research Grant:

  • Hui Ying Luk, Texas Tech University
  • Richard Blagrove, Northumbria University, UK*

GNC Nutritional Research Grant:

  • Nilophar Lily Zandieh, Auburn University
  • Joshua Iannotti, Lindenwood University*

Directed Research Grant:

  • Ashley Herda, University of Kansas*


Eleiko Equipment Grant:

  • Uncommon Barbell – Coach Kurt Rodrick, Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Richard Borden Coaching Advancement Grant:

  • Bernadette Forbursh

Hammer Strength – Life Fitness Equipment Grant:

  • Jones College – Coach David Queck, Ellisville, MS

Military CSCS Support Grant:

  • Robert “Bert” Basting, United States Marine Corp

NSCA-CPT Support Grant:

  • Guadalupe Norwiga

“It is my pleasure to offer sincere congratulations on behalf of the NSCA Foundation Board of Directors, Grant Committee, Grant Panel, Coaching Advancement Grant and Assistantship Committee, and Grant Reviewers to each of the 2022 NSCA Foundation grant recipients,” said Dr. Nicole Dabbs, NSCA Foundation Board President. “We are confident that their research will educate and impact the strength and conditioning industry as a whole, and we wish them success in their worthy endeavors.”

“The NSCA Foundation is proud to support the research and coaching endeavors of this year’s grant recipients,” said Carissa Gump, NSCA Foundation Executive Director. “The work of these outstanding individuals will provide a meaningful contribution to the body of evidence-based knowledge and help to advance the greater strength and conditioning profession.”

All grant recipients must be active NSCA members, must fully complete the appropriate applications, and meet all specific requirements for individual grants.

An asterisk (*) indicates that school is a member of the NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP). ERP schools are recognized and distinguished schools with standardized and approved strength and conditioning or personal training curricula in undergraduate or graduate settings.

Learn more about the NSCA Foundation Grants at

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About the National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation

The National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation (NSCAF) was founded in 2007 with the aim of supporting the advancement of strength and conditioning practical applications. The NSCA Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to providing funding to NSCA members taking part in educational and research endeavors.

Since its establishment, the NSCA Foundation has awarded 202 grants and 537 scholarships, totaling over $3 million to outstanding individuals within the strength and conditioning community. The NSCA Foundation is one of the few foundations that fund work at the Master’s level and across all levels up to senior investigators, as well as one of the few sources that funds work in the strength and conditioning fields. A major goal of the foundation is to continue to maximize assets in order to increase grants and scholarships for NSCA members.

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