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Dr. Bobby Barton Scholarship - Currently Unfunded, Not Unfounded

Dr. Bobby Barton

To the best of my knowledge, in the Fall of 2009, an effort was started to raise money to endow a scholarship in the name of Dr. Bobby Barton. Dr. Barton has impacted a multitude of EKU graduates and clinicians and is beyond deserving of this honor. He has served the profession, his athletes, as well as the graduate and undergraduate students lucky enough to have come up through the ranks under his instruction. Almost 7 years later, the fund to create this scholarship remains below the minimum so no scholarships can be distributed in his honor.

The current endowment minimum at EKU is $25,000, but since this fund was started over seven years ago, it is grandfathered into the old endowment minimum of $10,000. Endowment awards are made from interest earnings based on a 12 quarter rolling average and the current endowment award percentage is 3%. After 7 years of fundraising, the balance on the Dr. Bobby Barton Scholarship remains just below $9,000. In honor of Dr. Barton, the goal is to raise the money to start distributing a scholarship in less than a year and then push to fully fund the scholarship fund in the coming years.  If Dr. Barton impacted your life, please consider giving a gift designated to the the Dr. Bobby Barton Scholarship Fund.  No size gift is too small and no gift is unappreciated!

Gifts can be given through the University's Website by searching for "Barton" in the "Designation" area. Designated checks (made out to the EKU Foundation with "Dr. Barton Scholarship Fund" in the memo line) can also be mailed to my attention (Dr. Matthew Sabin, Athletic Training Program Director, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, Moberly Building - Rm 108, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, KY 40475)

If you want to know more of the details about the man, the myth, and the legend, please read the following Bio as it reads on the scholarship document.

Dr. Robert "Bobby" Barton was a Student Athletic Trainer at the University of Kentucky where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1968. There, he worked with Hall of Fame coaches Adolph Rupp and Joe B. Hall, as well as Hall of Fame Athletic Trainer Chris Patrick (an EKU graduate). He entered the profession of Athletic Training in 1970, the first year that national certification was offered by the NATA.  He earned a masters degree from Marshall, and later a doctoral degree from Middle Tennessee State University.   He worked as a practicing athletic trainer at Marshall University, the University of Florida, Florida International University, and the University of Kentucky before accepting the position at EKU.  In 1976, he became the head athletic trainer, assistant professor, and the first program director for the NATA approved education program. He was head athletic trainer from 1976 to 2003, including the Colonels’ four year stretch of football national championship appearances.  He also served as Chair of the physical education department. 

Teaming with Hall of Fame Coach Roy Kidd, the twosome won more games together than any coach/athletic trainer in college history. Barton became the first athletic trainer to be inducted into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame.
Barton co-authored Kentucky's legislation creating state athletic trainer certification. He was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for Athletic Training from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Outstanding College Football Trainer Award from the All American Foundation in 1999.  Barton also served on the Council on Education's Commission on College Athletics. In addition to his work at EKU, he served the USOC as a volunteer athletic trainer for four summers. He was athletic trainer for the USA Basketball Team in 1995.  In addition to EKU, he has been honored as member of the Hall of Fame for the Kentucky Athletic Trainers Society, Marshall University, National Athletic Trainer's Association, and the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association.

Contact Information

Matthew J Sabin
(859) 622-8149

Published on July 06, 2016

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