This annual scholarship is for 250 dollars (up to a maximum of 1000) to help with the huge cost of an undergraduate degree.
There are no formal rules for eligibility, but preference will go to a swimmer, or athlete involved in swimming, ie triathlon, or using swimming as conditioning. Also preference will go to a student living in the local tri-state area of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southwest Indiana.
To apply send an essay of at least 500 words explaining how swimming has helped in some form or fashion. A picture of the applicant needs to be included and if selected, the picture and essay will be featured on our local Cincinnati swimming pool web site. Letters of recommendation from swimming coaches, or teachers can be included if desired to send in. The email for the application is firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is an example:
Although my motives for becoming a swimmer haven’t always been as set in place as they are now. But I have always, ever since I can remember, had the idea that this is what I am going to be, a swimmer!
Ever since I was a kid, I have been attracted towards water. I used to love it actually. My mother tells me that even when I was a toddler, nothing could soothe me more than a tub my rubber toys and a tub full of water.
As I grew older, Dad would take me and my siblings to summer camps, I remember feeling a surge of excitement rush through me every time a pool came in sight of me. My parents realizing my passion invested in a pool and I was driven towards it like a magnet. I would wake up at dawn every morning and make my way to the swimming pool. Even as the whole city is enjoying deep sleep, I would creep up to my pool and take a few plunges. A few neat strokes of warm up which is then followed by a demanding workout. That’s not all. After a quick shower, I would rush to school and returned to the pool in the afternoon for another arduous session under the expert guidance of my coach. This has been my routine which I have been following for the past few years. All through this, optimism has been my driving force.
Up till now I was rather unsure of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I am a person with a great regard for physical fitness and I have been engaged in all the activities which made me sweat. After thoroughly reviewing my choices, I decided that swimming seemed to be the profession that encompassed all of my strong points and offers me challenges that I would enjoy seeking and accomplishing.
For quite some time though, the decision for choosing swimming was something I was not too sure about. But my success in this sport in school has secured a sense of confidence in me, and this has helped me to decide to take on with the journey nonetheless. My coach has been my tremendous support and saw something in me which I wasn’t sure I had in me.
My family and my parents are hardworking people. My father has worked hard all his lif,e but having other kids and the ever increasing cost of life and good education, he has not been able to save up for college tuition money. I have always wanted to move up on my own talent and skills.
I feel, I deserve this scholarship because of all the hard work and passion I have for swimming. My younger siblings look up to me, so it is very important that I become an exemplary role model for them. I want them to know how a passion can mold into their life/career choices. Because my passion propelled me towards the direction I want to take for my life.