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Swimming/Diving Scholarships

It definitely matters whether you’re a good swimmer/diver when competing for scholarships at the top programs in the country, especially for men’s teams in high-visibility NCAA conferences like the Big Ten. Both sports, however, will reward you for a job well done, so if you’re confident in your goals to improve on your swims times and your dives, you may be looking at a more generous scholarship package come sophomore year if you’re disappointed by your award freshman year. Among swimmers in particular, coaches value athletes who can be competitive in more than one stroke and show they are able to decrease their times consistently, so be sure to emphasize your potential and track record of improvement when approaching colleges.

Don’t rule out smaller swim programs when applying for scholarships. The better the swim team, the harder it will be to not only land a spot on the roster but get more than a partial scholarship, since coaches are looking to attract the best team possible rather than spending a good portion of their funding on one athlete. While many of the awards will be regulated by the NCAA if you’re going for college-based awards – make sure your GPA is high enough to qualify for awards from the schools you’re interested in – outside organizations and local teams often have funds set up for college-bound swimmers and divers. While you’ll probably still need to be a talented athlete to compete for any of these scholarships, private organizations are much more likely to take into account factors like financial need, academic achievement and extracurricular activities outside of the pool.

For additional information about swimming/diving scholarships and awards based on different criteria, try conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
In 1988, the National Collegiate Athletic Association established the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program as a means of recognizing the contributions of the former executive director through encouraging excellence in academic performance by student-athletes. Under this program, one male and one female student-athlete annually will be awarded a postgraduate scholarship in recognition of [...] More

Davis Law Group Scholar Athlete Program™
Application Deadlines: Varies
Scholar Athlete Program recognizes exceptional student athletes that are performing well in the classroom and on the field. To register for the scholarship, students need to apply online or be nominated by a coach, teacher, parent or friend. Students must be a senior in high school, currently attend a Washington State High School, have a 3.0 GPA or higher and participate in a sport. Students can [...] More

Furman University Athletic Scholarships
Application Deadlines: Varies
The Furman University Athletic Scholarships are partial to full scholarships awarded in 17 men's and women's intercollegiate sports. For more information, contact the director of athletics or the head coach in the sport in which you are [...] More

Greensboro Community Swim Association
Application Deadlines: June 27, Annually
-The Greensboro Community Swim Association (CSA) manages the Annual College Scholarship Program allocated by vote of the Board of Directors. The scholarships are awarded based upon the decision of the Scholarship Selection Committee, in accordance with the following criteria: -Eligibility for Scholarship Scholarship applicants shall be current CSA swimmers who are in their final year [...] More

The Zale Parry Scholarship
Application Deadlines: August 31, Annually
The Zale Perry Scholarship annually awards deserving individuals $3,000, plus $500 stipend towards travel expenses to the The Scholarship presentation site. Candidates eligible for the scholarship are college students who are seeking to advance their knowledge or enter a professional career in the fields of underwater research, equipment technology or hyperbaric research. The Zale Parry [...] More

Kyle R. Magoto Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 13, Annually
To be eligible for an award from the Kyle R. Magoto Scholarship Fund, applicant must be a Russia High School (Shelby Co., Ohio) graduating senior who is pursuing an associate or a bachelor's degree as a full-time student at an accredited educational institution, have a high school GPA not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale and must have participated in no less than five (5) athletic seasons [...] More

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