Students who are competitive swimmers know the value of dedication. This may include early morning practices, weekends away at swim meets, and commitment to being a member of a team. Many of these skills are highly valued by colleges and universities. As such, some funding is available for students who are seeking swimming scholarships.
One of the most important aspects of attaining a swimming scholarship to to get a college coach to watch you. This may be achieved by attending a college swim camp or by having a college coach view your performance while scouting for new recruits. If you know that college coaches will be scouting from your high school, be sure to be at your best during that practice or meet. Students who are interested in specific colleges or universities may want to consider directly contacting that coach to request a tour of the campus as well as additional information about the swim team.
In general, it is important for students to understand how college swimming scholarships work. Often, there are a limited number of scholarships that are awarded to the most coveted (often the fastest) swimmers being recruited. The number of scholarships available varies by university and by division level. Below are some scholarships available to swimmers:
NCAA Swimming Scholarships: NCAA rules govern how many scholarships are available to each program who is a member of NCAA. While the exact number of scholarships varies by year, in general, Division 1 programs have the most scholarships (around 10) and Division II programs have around 8 scholarships. These scholarships can be used to support either students in a diving program or swimming program. NCAA rules permit college coaches to split these awards to help fund more students. Some of the top NCAA programs include Stanford, University of Arizona, and University of Georgia.
Elizabeth Horvath Swimming Scholarship: is open to students who are graduating from Berks County area high schools and who participated in swimming during their high school years. All students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average. Strongest priority is given to students who have overcome obstacles. Additional information can be found here: https://bccf.academicworks.com/opportunities/1058.
Mike Lozano Scholarship: provides an award worth $5,000 to a Texas high school senior. In order to be eligible, students must have been an athlete, be in their last year of high school, plan to attend an eligible college or university, hold at least a 2.0 grade point average, and plan to coach or teach after their college graduation. Additional information can be found here: http://www.amarilloareafoundation.org/_redesign-2013/pages/internal/receive—scholarship-lozano-copy.
Students who are unable to find a scholarship specific to swimming, may also want to complete the FAFSA to determine whether they qualify for any merit based awards. Additionally, some schools also offer scholarships specific to students who pursue certain majors. Additional awards are also available through the Undergraduate Studies Office.