Swim1922 Scholarship Information

Theta Lambda Sigma Announces Swim1922 Scholarship for Local Students

Swim 1922 is Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated’s partnership with USA Swimming, a groundbreaking initiative that seeks to strengthen USA Swimming’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Since 2014 our organizations have partnered to increase swim participation and decrease drowning rates in the community.

To further the mission of Swim1922, the Theta Lambda Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Cary, NC will award up to 8 scholarships to students attending elementary, middle, or high school in Cary or surrounding Western Wake County area schools (i.e., Holly Springs, Apex, Morrisville, or Fuquay-Varina). The scholarship will pay for one complete session of group swimming lessons (8 lessons) at the Triangle Aquatic Center located in Cary, NC. Winners will also receive swimming related gift items and other prizes.


Application Requirements

Students must submit their application before April 15, 2019. The application will consist of 2 parts: a student essay and the scholarship application form. The application and essay must be submitted electronically using the links provided below.

1. Essay Form
2. Application Form
3. Waiver of Liability (to be collected from scholarship recipients only)
4. Publicity Release Form (to be collected from scholarship recipients only )

To qualify for the scholarships students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Scholarships are intended as need-based. Applicants should have an economic or social need as determined by Theta Lambda Sigma Alumnae Chapter Scholarship Screening Committee and selected staff from Triangle Aquatic Center. Students with special physical or cognitive needs must meet the requirements of the facility where lessons will be given.
  2. Must complete an application signed by a parent or guardian.
  3. The applicant will submit an age/grade appropriate essay. See below for details.
  4. Applicant has never had formal swimming lessons, or if have taken lessons previously, would still be classified as a beginner. Beginning swimmer description:
    1. Beginning swimmers are introduced to basic stroke movement and learn how to be more comfortable in the water. The focus is on pool rules, breathing, kicking and gliding technique, returning to the wall.
    2. Learn to jump in the water and resurface, float on their back, swims without flotation using beginning swimmer techniques.
  5. Lessons will be completed in Summer or Fall 2019. The scholarship is for group instruction and is subject to class availability, and subject to the requirements of the swim facility The latest allowed registration date is Fall 2019. Failure to register for and complete lessons by Fall 2019 will result in forfeiture of the scholarship. All swim facility rules and regulations will apply to the recipient.
  6. Parent to ensure student attends at least 90% of the swim lessons.
  7. Parent must sign a Sorority and Triangle Aquatic Center waiver of liability.
  8. Parent must consent to Theta Lambda Sigma’s media release policy.
  9. The application is due by April 15, 2019.

Essay Criteria

The goal of Swim1922 is to decrease drowning rates by offering water safety instruction and swimming lessons in the community. Swim 1922 also strives to introduce swimming as both a fun recreational activity and a competitive sport. To aid in this introduction, each applicant must write an age-appropriate essay discussing one of the following topics:

  • Describe what “water safety” means to you. What are some good ways to be safe around potentially dangerous bodies of water such as pools, hot tubs, ponds, lakes, and/or the ocean? (Suggested topic for elementary or middle school students)

– OR-

  • Identify an Olympic swimmer who inspires you. Discuss his/her biography, what s/he accomplished as an Olympic swimmer, and why s/he inspires you. (Suggested for elementary, middle, or high school students)

Essay Lengths:

  • Elementary School Students:  3-4 paragraphs typed or 3/4 page (parents may assist with typing)
  • Middle School Students is 4-6 paragraphs typed (or 1 page)
  • High School Students: 6-8 paragraphs typed (1.5 – 2 pages)

Essays should include an introduction, body, and closing paragraph. Please pay attention to grammar and punctuation.

More information about the USA Swimming and Sigma Gamma Rho partnership including press releases are available at www.usaswimming.org/swim1922. If you have questions about the TLS Swim1922 scholarship or the application process please contact tls.swim1922@gmail.com.