Awards & Grants

Awards

MOSHAPE is proud to recognize Health and Physical Educators who make extraordinary contributions to the profession.

Those wishing to nominate someone for an award can use the nomination form below or send the name and address of then nominee (along with the name of the award) to the Chair of the Nomination/Awards Committee Sandy Moore (Past President) at [email protected]

No person can receive a specific award more than one time.  Any member can be a recipient of multiple awards.  Click here to see the Past Award Recipients.

Click here to nominate individuals for awards

Individual Award List

  • James Herauf Young Professional Award
  • MOSHAPE Outstanding Student Major Award
  • Dr. Robert Taylor Professional Service Honor Award
  • Helen Manley Award
  • Dr. Patricia McSwegin Student Research Award
  • Kathleen Kinderfather Award
  • MOSHAPE Scholar Award
  • Teacher of the Year - Online nomination form
  • Exemplary Program Awards - New applications will be judged on the updated criteria. - Criteria and applicationAppropriate practice guidelines
  • Presidential Awards

AnchorDr. James Herauf Young Professional Award

This award shall be presented annually to a young member of the Association who has demonstrated outstanding potential for scholarship, teaching, and/or professional leadership. The recipient shall have held membership in MOSHAPE (previously MOAHPERD) for five years including those years as a student member and be a current member. The recipient shall be no older than 35 years of age and shall have held office, served on committees, conducted workshops, and/or presented convention programs for MOSHAPE.  This award is named in memory of the long-time Executive Director of MOAHPERD, Dr. James A. Herauf.

AnchorMOSHAPE Future Professional Award (Major of the Year)

Following the lead of SHAPE America, MOSHAPE presents an award each year to an Outstanding Future Professionals from  colleges and universities in the state.  Colleges and universities in the state of Missouri offering undergraduate majors in physical education, health, recreation, dance, exercise science, sport science, kinesiology, or directly related fields are invited to identify for each of those programs an outstanding future professional for recognition by MOSHAPE.  The purpose of the program is to honor outstanding future professionals in the state and to focus attention on the work they have accomplished.  This program will provide an incentive for future professionals in our colleges and universities to continue to strive for excellence in their professional preparation.  The faculty from each college/university program selects their award recipient.

AnchorDr. Robert M. Taylor Professional Service Honor Award

This award is presented annually to outstanding teachers and administrators in physical education, health, recreation and dance who have served the Society. The recipient shall have held membership in MOSHAPE and SHAPE America (formerly AAHPERD) for five years and be a current member. The recipient shall have served such capacities as elected office, committee membership, workshop presenter or convention program presenter.  This award is named in memory of Dr. Robert Taylor, a long-time Director of Health and Physical Education in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

AnchorHelen Manley Award

This award shall be presented annually to persons who have demonstrated outstanding service to the Missouri Society of Health and Physical Educators (previously MOAHPERD) in programming for physical education, health, recreation, dance and/or allied professions. The recipient shall have held membership in the Missouri Society of Health and Physical Educators and SHAPE America (formerly the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) for ten years and be a current member of these Societies. Should the nominee be retired, the current membership requirement would be waived. This award is named in memory of a founder of our state society who also was a national leader in Health and Physical Education.

AnchorDr. Patricia McSwegin Student Research Award

This award is to be given to a student(s) with the best presentation at the Missouri Society of Health and Physical Educators convention. The chairman of the Research Division and two other qualified individuals are to make the selection.  This award is named in memory of Past President of MOAHPERD Dr. Patricia McSwegin.

AnchorDr. Kathleen Kinderfather Award

The recipient of this award shall have had to exhibit honor, dignity, integrity and exemplary contributions to the Missouri Society of Health and Physical Educators and the profession. In any given year, only one individual may be given this award.  This award is named in honor of Executive Director emerita Dr. Kathleen Kinderfather, who is also one of only two Missouri recipients of the AAHPERD/SHAPE America Luther Halsey Gulick Award.

AnchorLynn Imergoot MOSHAPE Scholar Award

This award shall be presented annually to an outstanding professional member of the Missouri Society of Health and Physical Educators. The recipient shall have a current membership in the Missouri Society of Health and Physical Educators and SHAPE America (formerly American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) for five years and be a current member of both. The recipient shall have demonstrated competence in research via grant proposals, research papers, publications, artistic performances or media presentations. This award in named in memory of Washington University instructor and athletic administrator Lynn Imergoot.

AnchorTeacher of the Year Awards

MOSHAPE's Teacher of the Year (TOY) program recognizes outstanding teachers in the following categories: Physical Education at three levels (Elementary, Middle, and High School), Adapted Physical Education, Health, and Dance Education.

Individuals who are named Teacher of the Year by Missouri are eligible for Central District Teacher of the Year award if they hold membership in SHAPE America. Central District winners are eligible for the national award, SHAPE America Teacher of the Year..

The recipient shall have current membership in the MOSHAPE Association, minimum five years of teaching experience, degree and certification in teaching, full time teaching at time of application submission & selection, minimum of 50% of total job responsibilities is teaching one of the following: Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education, Dance Education, or Health Education.

AnchorPresidential Awards

Presidential awards are given to those individuals the president feels have contributed significantly to MOSHAPE and the President's role during the president's term of office.