Scholarships for Swimmers

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If you are a competitive swimmer and plan on continuing with your favorite sport while you are in college, it’s nice to know that you can get some financial aid to help fund your tuition. Nearly all swimming scholarships are school-specific, though there are a few national opportunities. 

Here are some great examples:

NCAA Divisions Scholarships

Amount: Varies — up to full tuition

Athletics scholarships are provided by NCAA Division I and Division II schools for high school athletes. The competition for these scholarships is very high, with only about 2% of high school athletes winning an Athletic scholarship.

For swimming, there is a cap with regard to the number of full scholarships that can be awarded. For NCAA Division I Schools, the number of scholarships allowed for women is 14, while it is 9.9 for men. For Division II Schools, the number comes down to 8.1 for both men and women, while Division III schools do not provide any Athletics scholarships, but may assist students in other ways.

Even among the schools which offer these scholarships, some of them may not have the budget allocated to offer the maximum number of scholarships, while others- like several Ivy schools simply choose not to do so. Additionally, swimming shares the scholarships with diving, and the amount is shared among these two sports.

Being an ‘equivalency sport’, the scholarships offered can be divided in any manner coaches see fit. This means if there are 5 funded scholarships, the coach may choose to give the full scholarship to 5 students, or half the amount to 10 students, or any combination which falls within the maximum cap. These scholarships are spread across all years, so the number of scholarships available to freshmen varies depending upon the available number of scholarships.

The basic requirements, apart from excelling at swimming and performing well at major meets are that the student must have graduated from high schools, and completed 16 core courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in each.

Melissa Belote–Ripley Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Students who have been swimming throughout high school are welcome to apply to this scholarship opportunity—regardless if they plan to swim in college or not. The committee will be looking for a student dedicated to swimming, who has shown leadership in the pool and out, has integrity, and is inclusive.

Students are asked to submit their transcript, ACT/SAT score, an essay, a letter of recommendation, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

The CSUB Bob Black Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Varies

This scholarship was instituted by friends and family of the Late Bob Black and is intended to support the CSU Bakersfield Women’s Swimming Program. The award amount varies and is to be used exclusively for the CSU Bakersfield Women’s Swimming Program.

Augustana Athletic Grant

Amount: Varies

This scholarship is to be awarded to students enrolled at Augustana University. They need to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to receive this scholarship in the continuing years. It is awarded to high performing student-athletes in the NCAA Division II, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

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