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Student & Alumni Achievements

South Carolina: Physical Therapy Student Wins Award from National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation

Mr. Brooks Herring, a 2018 graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science program and a current student in the same department’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, has been awarded the 2019 Challenge Scholarship from the National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation. This scholarship is awarded to Association members who are seeking either undergraduate or graduate degrees in a strength and conditioning-related field. The Foundation awards scholarships annually in seven categories as part of the Association’s mission to provide funding for education and research activities that enhance the practical application of strength and conditioning.

Born on an air force base in Louisiana, Mr. Herring continued the family tradition of military service by serving in the United States Navy for six years. He deployed to Iraq and Africa during his time on active duty and then deployed to Afghanistan for two years as an Army civilian.

“After returning home from Afghanistan in June of 2013, I struggled to find a place in life and bounced around between jobs,” Mr. Herring says. “Careers as a weapons specialist weren’t plentiful, especially near home, and I couldn’t seem to fall in love with another purpose.”

He tried his hand at small business ownership – opening a barbeque restaurant with his father in Columbia – but it wasn’t quite the right fit. Then, as a result of a vocational assessment at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and encouragement from his brother who had recently returned to school after retiring from the Army, Mr. Herring took the plunge.

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