July 21, 2023

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — The National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the Foundation’s 2023 Research Grants. This year, the Foundation will distribute a total of more than $140,000 to 10 deserving individuals. These 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 fund 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 216 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:

Matthew Gonzalez, University of Texas at San Antonio
Liliana Renteria, Florida State University
Paola Rivera, University of Central Florida*
Sarah Lanham, University of Kentucky*

Graduate Student Research Grant – Master’s:

McKenzie Hare, Texas Tech University
Amber Schmitz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Young Investigator Research Grant:

Thomas Dos’Santos, Manchester Metropolitan University
Katie Hirsch, University of South Carolina*
Dr. Justin Merrigan, The Ohio University*

Directed Research Grant:

Alexandra Murray, The University of Toledo*

An asterisk (*) indicates the school is a member of the NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP). The NSCA ERP recognizes and distinguishes schools with standardized and approved strength and conditioning or personal training programs in undergraduate or graduate settings.

“Congratulations to these deserving awardees for their outstanding research proposals that demonstrated significant potential to advance the field of strength and conditioning. We applaud their hard work, expertise, and commitment to scientific exploration,” states Dr. Don Melrose, President of the NSCA Foundation.

“We extend our sincere congratulations to the awardees and express our gratitude to all the applicants for their efforts and contributions. Your commitment to advancing the science of strength and conditioning is truly commendable,” affirms Carissa Gump, NSCA Foundation Executive Director.

The NSCA Foundation encourages interested NSCA Members to apply during the next Research Grant cycle from November 1, 2023, to February 15, 2024, at

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About the National Strength & 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 non-profit organization committed to providing funding to NSCA members taking part in educational and research endeavors.

Since its establishment, the NSCA Foundation has awarded 216 grants and 572 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 fund 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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