Frederick C. Hatfield Memorial Scholarship

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Dr. Frederick C. Hatfield, MSS, Ph.D., (1942 - 2017)

ISSA Co-Founder


  • Tuition covered for ISSA College of Exercise Science's AS in Exercise Science degree program (up to $19,800 value)


  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a passion for fitness and for helping people live a healthy, positive, active lifestyle.
  • Have applied to International Sports Sciences Association’s AS in Exercise Science degree program.
  • Complete the scholarship application.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation
  • Complete the FAFSA ( – our school code is 042434
  • Must be a US resident 


  • Maintain 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Earn at least two-thirds of credits attempted
  • Abide by Student Conduct and Academic Honesty policies


Application deadline for Fall 2021 entering students: June 30, 2021

The scholarship is awarded to one recipient per calendar year.

Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D., was Co-founder of the ISSA. Dr. Hatfield won the World Championships three times in the sport of powerlifting, and in 1986, performed a competitive squat with 1014 pounds at a body weight of 255 pounds (more weight than anyone in history had ever lifted in competition).

Dr. Hatfield's former positions include an assistant professorship at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and Senior Vice President and Director of Research and Development for Weider Health and Fitness, Incorporated. Dr. Hatfield was honored by Southern Connecticut State University when they presented him with the 1991 Alumni Citation Award. In June of 2000, Dr. Hatfield was inducted into the Powerlifting Hall of Fame, located in York, PA. Then, in 2012 he was inducted into the Connecticut Powerlifting Hall of Fame,. In 2015 he was inducted into the Fitness Hall of Fame. Dr. Hatfield competed in the Master's Division in the 1998 World Championships in Olympic Weightlifting.

He has written over 100 books (including several best-sellers) and hundreds of articles in the general areas of sports training, fitness, bodybuilding, and performance nutrition. He has been coach and training consultant to several world-ranked and professional athletes, sports governing bodies and professional teams worldwide. He is known around the world as "Dr. Squat".

Autumn Nielsen: Scholarship Winner 2020

I am beyond thrilled to have been awarded the Fredrick C. Hatfield Scholarship! Being a fitness model/influencer, I have made it my goal to spread my passion for fitness with others in hopes that it can help the lives of many in the ways that it did mine. Living with Anxiety was a constant battle growing up until I made the choice to start going to the gym. In no time, the gym became my therapy. I have improved both mentally and physically in ways that I never thought possible. I am determined to use my past experiences as well as my new-found education as a guide to helping those who have the drive to improve their overall wellbeing.
— Autumn Nielsen

Joseph Ladnier: Scholarship Winner 2019

Joseph Ladnier
I am honored to be the first recipient of the Dr. Fredrick C. Hatfield Scholarship! With this scholarship, I will finally be finishing my degree in Exercise Science through the International Sports Science Association. I hope to continue training clients and helping them to reach their fitness goals while spreading Fred’s knowledge and influence that he so generously shared with me.... My hope is to honor Fred, his siblings and everyone at International Sports Sciences Association with my new found knowledge and to have a positive influence in the fitness industry!!!
— Joseph Ladnier