North Carolina Student Majors Association

2024 Advisors and Officers

Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Little, Meredith College,

Advisor: Dr. Byron Towner, Appalachian State University, 

President: Katie Haun, Meredith College, 

NCSMA Mission

The Student Majors Association seeks to provide enrichment opportunities for leadership, networking, fellowship, research, and scholarship for undergraduate students preparing for an AHPERD-SM career


NC SHAPE annually recognizes students majoring in the fields of health, physical education, recreation, sports management, and dance.

Student Majors awards are presented at the NC SHAPE Convention! Come and join us as we honor our award winners! We are very proud of them, and we know you will be too!

Nomination Deadline: October 1 of each year.

Student Majors of the Year Awards
Background: Every North Carolina college/university is requested to nominate students to represent their institution as having demonstrated outstanding student leadership and future professional involvement in the following six categories:
  • Health majors or minors
  • Physical Education majors or minors
  • Dance majors or minors
  • Athletics/Coaching majors of minors
  • Adapted Physical Education majors or minors (May be a graduate student)
  • Sport Management majors or minors
All Student Majors of the Year nominees will be recognized at the NC SHAPE Convention.


  1. Each applicant must attend a North Carolina college or university.
  2. The applicant must be an undergraduate student majoring in one of NC SHAPE allied as seen above, with a proven leadership record of the highest quality. The exception will be for the Adapted PE Category, as graduate students will be allowed to enter this category.
  3. The recipient must be a member of NC SHAPE.
  4. The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  5. There are 6 different award categories:
    1. Health Student of the Year
    2. Physical Education Student of the Year
    3. Sport Management Student of the Year
    4. Dance Student of the Year
    5. Adapted Physical Education Student of the Year
    6. Athletics Student of the Year.
  6. Each college or university can only submit one application per category. In other words, a student can only be nominated to one of the PE and Adapted PE categories.
Overall Winners and Outstanding NC SHAPE Future Professional of the Year: Student(s) from the 6 categories will be eligible to be selected as the Outstanding NC SHAPE Future Professional of the Year.