Scholarship FAQ

Swim4Elise is extending Elise’s legacy by providing scholarship money to deserving young swimmers who, like Elise, have demonstrated incredible passion for the sport, academic excellence, and an ongoing quest for knowledge.

What scholarships are available?

The Swim4Elise Foundation offers multiple scholarships for USA Swimming Athletes in North Texas LSCs. The scholarships below were expanded to include competitive High School Swimers, Rec Team Swimmers and USA Divers in North Texas who are committed to water safety:

  • A University of TX swim camp scholarship (5th-9th graders)
  • A college scholarship (10th-12th graders)
  • A lifeguard certification scholarship (ages 15+)

The number of scholarships and amount of individual awards will be decided annually at the discretion of the Swim4Elise Board of Directors.

What do I need to prepare before applying?

Before completing an application, please gather the following items in digital format:

  • Unofficial school transcript
  • The first page of your most current USA Swimming times, High School Swimming times, Rec Team Swimming times, or USA Diving scores.
  • Signed acknowledgment form (both parent and Swimming/Diving Coach, teacher, or mentor)
  • Proof of current Lifeguard Certification (required for High School and Rec Team Swimmers applying fo rthe College Scholarship; bonus points for Club Swimmers)
  • Prepared essays

What are the requirements & guidelines?

College Scholarship Criteria

College Scholarship for 10th-12th graders ($1000-$2500)

  • Available to swimmers in 10th -12th grade
  • Also available to homeschooled swimmers with equivalent credentials
  • Minimum 3 years’ participation in USA Swimming under the North Texas Swimming LSC or 3 years’ participation in High School Swimming, Rec Team Swimming, or USA Diving in North Texas
  • Proof of current Lifeguard Certification is required for ALL High School and Rec Team Swimmers and Divers applying. This certification may be attained through any accredited program, however, if a swimmer or diver from North Texas would like to attain rescue skills, they can apply separately to the Swim4Elise Foundation for their training to be funded. PLEASE NOTE: Successful completion of your Lifeguard Certification must be completed before the March 20, 2019, application deadline!
  • Proof of Lifeguard Certification is NOT required for USA Club Swimmers; however, bonus points are given for Club Swimmers who are current certified lifeguards.
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with unofficial transcript upload (PDF preferred)
  • 1-2 page essay (description on application)
  • Signed acknowledgement from parent and Swimming/Diving Coach, teacher, or mentor
  • Proof of swim times or diving scores as applicable: USA Swimming Athletes must submit first page of most current SWIMS times; All other North Texas athletes must submit High School Swimming times, Rec Team Swimming times, or USA Diving scores
  • Application submission due by March 20, 2019, 11:59 p.m.
  • Applicant must plan to attend an accredited college or university
  • Scholarship is funded to university account once applicant is officially enrolled

Camp Scholarship Criteria

Swim Camp Scholarship for 5th-9th graders ($200-$1200)

  • Available for Sold-Out Session II of University of Texas Swim Camp
  • Available for Sold-Out 1-Day University of Texas Technique Clinic in November 2019
  • Available to swimmers in 5th-9th grade
  • Also available to homeschooled swimmers ages 10 to 15 years old
  • Minimum 3 years’ participation in USA Swimming under the North Texas Swimming LSC or 3 years’ participation in Rec Team Swimming in North Texas
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with unofficial transcript upload (PDF preferred)
  • 1-2 page essay (description on application)
  • Signed acknowledgement from parent and Swimming Coach, teacher, or mentor
  • Proof of swim times as applicable: USA Swimming Athletes must submit first page of most current SWIMS times; All other North Texas athletes must submit High School or Rec Team Swimming times
  • Bonus points will be provided to any camp applicant who provides proof of current CPR and AED Certification
  • Application submission due by March 20, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Swim camps/clinics are chosen by the Swim4Elise Board
  • Scholarship is paid directly to University of Texas Swim Camp/Clinic
  • Transportation to/from the camp is provided by the swimmer and not by the Foundation

Lifeguard Certification Criteria

Lifeguard Certification Scholarship – Swimmers

  • Available to USA Club Swimmers or competitive High School Swimmers, Rec Team Swimmers, and USA Diving ages 15+ in 2018 who reside in North Texas
  • Minimum 3 years’ participation in USA Swimming under the North Texas Swimming LSC or 3 years’ participation in competitive High School Swimming, Rec Team Swimming, or USA Diving in North Texas
  • (Ages 15-18) Minimum GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with unofficial transcript upload (PDF preferred)
  • 1-2 page essay (description on application)
  • Signed acknowledgement form from parent and USA Swimming/Diving coach (2019 form coming soon!)
  • If USA Swimmer, most recent official 200 free style time from USA Swimming times
  • If competitive High School or Rec Team Swimmer, screen shot of your most recent event times from Meet Mobile app or equivalent (PDF or JPG)
  • If USA Diver, most recent diving scores from USA Diving event or equivalent
  • American Red Cross Course is the preferred organization selected by the Swim4Elise Board
  • Scholarship is paid directly to American Red Cross Preferred Vendor
  • Scholarship applications are due by the 20th of each month and awarded on a monthly basis
  • Must meet American Red Cross lifeguard certification requirements:
    • Swim 300 yards free style continuously
    • Tread water for 2 minutes using only legs
    • Complete 6 hours of online self-study
    • Complete 3 days of in-water and/or poolside instruction
    • Complete Red Cross exam(s) with 80% or higher
    • Within 1 minute and 40 seconds: Swim 20 yards, dive 10 feet, retrieve 10-pound brick, return to starting point with brick, and exit pool from side.

Lifeguard Certification Scholarship – Coaches

  • Qualified USA Swimming or high school team coach (high schools within these North Texas counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Wise)
  • Able to provide valid USA Swimming ID and ASCA level, or valid high school coach ID
  • 1 short paragraph about importance of rescue skills (description on application)
  • Completed acknowledgement form and signed recommendation from a supervising or peer coach
  • American Red Cross Course is the preferred organization selected by the Swim4Elise Board
  • Scholarship is paid directly to American Red Cross Preferred Vendor
  • Scholarship applications are due by the 20th of each month and awarded on a monthly basis
  • Must meet American Red Cross lifeguard certification requirements

What does the application entail?

There are 4 parts to the online applications:

  1. Demographic questions, which are part of the online form
  2. Acknowledgment and/or recommendation form, which is to be printed, signed by both parent & coach/teacher/mentor as directed, scanned in or photographed, and then uploaded digitally as part of the online form
  3. Essays, which are to be completed as part of the online form
  4. Supportive attachments, which vary depending on application

NOTE: The Lifeguard Certification Scholarship requires a different nomination/recommendation form. To access the form and for more information on the Lifeguard Certification Scholarship (our Lifeguard Challenge program), please click here.

Only fully completed applications will be considered.

Scholarship awards are the final decision of the Swim4Elise Board of Directors.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP

ONLINE APPLICATION

CAMP SCHOLARSHIP

ONLINE APPLICATION

LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION

ONLINE APPLICATION

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