The Ellen Cromwell-Cercle Student Travel Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students, in good standing with MNSHAPE in their quest to enhance professional/educational endeavros by attending a district or national convention.  Ellen Cromwell-Cercle was a past board member, president and executive director for MNSHAPE who taught at Moorhead State University for thirty plus years.  She was very active in educating students on the importance of professional growth through membership in state, district and national organizations.  The undergraduate student may apply for up to $250.00 to help with expenses to a district or national convention.

Application Due December 15 of Year

Criteria for Selection:

  • Scholastic proficiency

  • School, community, professional activity/service

  • Character attributes


Criteria for Application:

  • Applicant must be a current member of MNSHAPE  and a member of SHAPE America, or be willing to join, if selected.

  • Applicant must be majoring in the field of health, physical education, recreation, or dance.

  • Applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall on a 4.0 grade point scale.

  • Applicant must be at least sophomore class standing at the time of application.

  • Applicant must attend a college or university within MNSHAPE.

  • Applicant must be first time Ellen Cromwell-Cercle Student Travel Scholarship Award winner.

  • Applicant should have evidence of contribution to their:

    • Major department

    • Involvement in university organizations

    • Community

    • And/or individual accomplishments/honors/awards

  • Two letters of recommendations

  • Recipient(s) shall present a written report/summary of the benefits derived through this experience.   This can be a report to the board of directors, an article for MN SHAPE newsletter Loon Lines or a presentation (individual or group) at the MN SHAPE state conference. 

  • Recipient(s) shall provide an itemized written financial report – including original receipts.


Award: This scholarship is up to $250.