LUMBERTON — A senior from St. Pauls High School is the first winner of a new scholarship from Southeastern Health’s Athletic Training Program.
Yvvana Monter, 18, plans to attend East Carolina University in the fall. She was presented with the $500 scholarship on May 24 during the school’s Senior Awards Night.
“I want to give thanks for the athletic trainers because I never thought I would actually get a scholarship,” Monter said. “Getting this scholarship is a huge deal for me.”
Monter was chosen based on her academic performance, an essay she wrote as part of the application, letters of recommendation, and her work with the program. Monter attended the program’s summer camp and assisted the athletic trainer at her school.
“After I attended the sports medicine camp from Southeastern, I decided to focus my senior project on athletic training, and then I helped my school’s athletic trainer, Chris Green,” Monter said. “As I got more interested in it as a career, I decided it was something I wanted to pursue. I like athletic training because you can work with athletes, and I’m a big fan of sports.”
Monter isn’t just a fan, she played soccer her freshman and senior years. She first came in contact with the field of athletic training as an athlete, when the trainer would help her by wrapping her ankle. Monter said she hopes she can help other people by going into athletic training as a career.
Southeastern Health’s Athletic Training Program, which is operated through its Southeastern Orthopedics affiliate, raised the scholarship money through fundraisers, and worked with the Southeastern Health Foundation to set up the scholarship fund.
“I am very proud to be a part of this initial athletic training scholarship,” said Southeastern Health Director of Sports Medicine Dr. Eric Breitbart, who practices with Southeastern Orthopedics. “Yvvana Monter exemplifies all of the attributes and characteristics that are needed for a successful career in sports medicine. I’m certain she will represent our Southeastern Sports Medicine Program well and do outstanding in her college and professional careers.”
According to Southeastern Health Athletic Training Coordinator Sashah Davis, the Athletic Training Program started in 2011 and offers a certified and licensed athletic trainer at every high school in the county, something many counties don’t have.
“Our program has a great impact on Robeson County athletics,” Davis said. “We wanted to spotlight academics as well by investing in the future of our profession by way of this scholarship, presented to a well-deserving student who has participated in our student Athletic Training Program.”