Two NWU Students Awarded National Athletic Training Scholarship
National Athletic Training Association Scholarship winners

Seniors Jacob LaMarche and Kelsey Jaeschke are among 58 students in the country to receive the National Athletic Training Association Scholarship. They both will pursue careers in physical therapy following their graduation from NWU in May.

Two Nebraska Wesleyan University seniors have been awarded the National Athletic Training Association Scholarship. 

Kelsey Jaeschke of Kenesaw and Jacob LaMarche of Omaha are among 58 undergraduates from across the country to receive the honor.

Jaeschke serves as vice president of the Athletic Training Student Association, and is a member of the Health and Human Performance Club. She was a member of the women’s basketball team from 2016-2018. As an athletic training student, she has assisted the NWU volleyball, football, outdoor track & field, men’s basketball and baseball teams. She has also gained clinical experience at Snyder Physical Therapy.

“The preceptors encourage us to be involved and gain as much experience as we can,” said Jaeschke. “I think being involved in various activities and various clinical experiences really set me apart from the other applicants.”

LaMarche has served as president of the Athletic Training Student Association and has served on the board of the Health and Human Performance Club. He has gained extensive athletic training experience working with NWU’s football, wrestling, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, softball and indoor and outdoor track and field teams. While at NWU, he conducted research on Ehlers-Danlose Syndrome. He was selected to present that research at athletic training conferences in New Orleans, La., and Quebec City in Canada.

“This would not be possible without the wonderful teachers and mentors in NWU’s Athletic Training Program,” said LaMarche. “They are always pushing us to be the best that we can and helping to prepare us for our futures.”

Jaeschke is a graduate of Kenesaw Public School. She is applying to physical therapy programs in the Midwest. LaMarche is a graduate of Ralston High School and will attend Creighton University’s physical therapy program. They will both graduate from NWU on May 11th.