Gary Sailes Graduate Diversity Scholarship

The application process and criteria for the scholarship are as follows:

  • NASSS member and graduate student status (PhD. or Master’s)
  • Applicants must prepare a one-page essay, which addresses how they plan to contribute to the field of sociology of sport/physical activity.
  • Essays should be submitted along with a recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with the student’s work and aspirations.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the NASSS Diversity and Conference Climate Committee.
  • All documents must be sent via e-mail and contain the applicant’s mailing address.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2019

  • Announcements regarding the selected applicant will be made at the end of September 2019.
  • The winners will be recognized at the 2019 Annual NASSS Conference Business Meeting in Virginia Beach, VA.

Submit materials or questions to:
F. Michelle Richardson, Ph.D.
Coppin State University
Chair, NASSS Diversity and Conference Climate Committee

Gary “Doc” Sailes is an award winning professor at Indiana University. He is widely recognized for his research and advocacy on collegiate sport access and Critical Race Theory. A champion of student-athlete development, Dr. Sailes has led Congressional hearings, and presented to the International Olympic Congress on abuses in college athletics and the value of diversity across sport. A recipient of the 2011 NASSS Distinguished Service Award, “Doc” continues his support of the NASSS community by bestowing resources that annually fund the Graduate Diversity Scholarship.

In recognition of the recommendation made by the Racial Diversity Committee in the fall of 2003, the NASSS Conference Program Committee has implemented a scholarship for a graduate student who is a member of a racial or ethnic “minority” group. The purpose of the scholarship is to create a mechanism to identify racial and/or ethnic “minority” graduate students who are doing research in the area of sport sociology, and to provide a means of supporting their work and association with NASSS. The award is for $500 to be applied toward expenses associated with attendance at the NASSS annual conference.

Previous Recipients

2019Master’s Award:  Arturo Jaime Morales Jr.  (University of Tennessee, Knoxville); Doctoral Award: Ajhanai Channel Inez Newton (University of Connecticut)
2018Master’s Award:  Tori Thompson (University of Maryland); Doctoral Award: Nida Ahmad, (University of Waikato)
2017Master’s Award: Dervon Francis (Western Illinois University); Doctoral Award: Alexander Deeb, (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
2016Master’s Award: Urooj Shahzadi(University of Toronto); Doctoral Award: Traci Canada(University of Virginia)
2015Master’s Award: Alexander Deeb (Western Illinois University); Doctoral Award: Bahar Tajrobehkar (University of Toronto)
2014Master’s Award: Caroline Piquette (Laurentian University); Doctoral Award: Ember Skye W. Kanelee (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
2013Master's Award: Bahar Tajrobehkar (York University); Doctoral Award: Satoko Itani (University of Toronto)
2012Chelsea Johnson (University of Southern California)
2011Albert Y. Bimper, Jr. (University of Texas)
2010Nikolas Dickerson (University of Iowa)
2009Jasmine Hamilton (Louisiana State University)
2008Kyoung-Yim Kim (University of Toronto)
2007Rachel Sarabia (University of California, Santa Barbara)
2006Nicola Potopsighn (Queen's University)
2005Bryan Bracey (University of Maryland)