As professor of medicine and pediatrics at West Virginia University’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, Mathew Lively uses the knowledge and experience he gained as a student WVU Athletic Training program on a daily basis.

To acknowledge that experience, Lively, who is also medical director for WVU’s Intercollegiate Athletics, has established a scholarship called The Golden Scissors Award. The award recognizes a WVU athletic training student from each class who has exhibited outstanding clinical service in providing care for student-athletes.

The recipient must have been nominated as the school’s “Athletic Training Student of the Month.” Also, the student must demonstrate qualities in their clinical service, such as initiative, work ethic, professionalism and willingness to learn. Sophomore, junior and senior AT students are eligible for consideration of the award amounts.

“In thanks for what the program gave me, I want to assist current and future students in their learning and encourage them to take full advantage of the exceptional educational opportunity that is available to them,” Lively said.

Along with the gift, Dr. Lively has been, “very active and instrumental in the education of our athletic training students, both in the clinical and classroom setting,” said Vincent Stilger, undergraduate AT program director.

“He has been extremely supportive of our programs and has selflessly provided his time and expertise in educating our students. We are most appreciative of his efforts and express our gratitude to him for establishing the Golden Scissors Awards which in turn will benefit deserving athletic training students.”

Originally from Oak Hill, W.Va., Lively oversees all aspects of medical care for Mountaineer athletics and serves as a team physician in the area of general medicine. He earned his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

The gift was made to the WVU Foundation as part of A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University, a $750 million fundraising effort the Foundation is conducting on behalf of the University.



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