SHU Senior Earns McCaughey Scholarship To Attend National Athletic Trainers’ Conference

News Story: January 17, 2013

Thomas C. Streko, Jr., a Sacred Heart University senior from Cranford, New Jersey, is the recipient of the Patrick McCaughey Scholarship, given for the first time this year. The grant will allow the athletic training student to attend the national symposium of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association to be held June 17-20 in San Antonio, Texas.

The annual grant is funded in memory of a Sacred Heart alumnus who majored in athletic training and whose academic and personal life enjoyed a remarkable “turn-around” in his senior year. A member of the Class of 1997, Patrick McCaughey hit his stride when he was assigned to the SHU football team, growing into a dedicated student and a highly successful clinician. He later earned his master’s at the University of New Haven and became an athletic trainer at a high school in Milford. He was 31 at the time of his death, and the McCaughey Scholarship was established to celebrate his memory and to encourage other students to excel.

Streko’s application essay noted his own growth as a student and a future athletic trainer, citing his experience working with the University’s football team and his internship at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, Connecticut. The latter experience gave him first-hand knowledge of managing an athletic training room and confirmed his career choice.

The Patrick McCaughey Scholarship is open to athletic training students in the University’s Human Movement and Sports Science program. For further information, contact Julie Alexander, head athletic trainer and assistant athletic director at Sacred Heart University, at 203-365-7672.