Swim Team Scholarship

Aquatics for All Swim Team Scholarship

Did you know African Americans are 1.5 times more likely to die from drowning than Whites? Did you know despite improvements in diversity efforts, African Americans still comprise less than 5% of competitive swimmers?

Legendary Marathon swimmer William “Bill” Shipp stepped up this year to raise funding, to ensure that Prince George’s County minorities learn how to swim and the barriers to competitive swimming are reduced.

A triple crown-winning swimmer, Bill has completed numerous open water swims. As a resident of Prince George’s County and advocate of competitive swimming for all, Mr. Shipp decided to dedicate his June 16th 20-mile DC Marathon Swim in the Potomac, from the Key Bridge to Mt. Vernon, to raising funds to support the Aquatics for All swim programs within the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County.

Learn more about Bill Shipp.

Scholarship Details

This scholarship is geared toward improving the accessibility of competitive swim for African American and Hispanic/Latino swimmers. Applicants must complete the Aquatics For All Swim Scholarship Application by providing all required documentation by designated deadline (September 23, 2022).

This is a one-year need based scholarship to assist swimmers with team fees for Prince George’s Parks & Recreation (PGPR) Sharks swim team and is not guaranteed each year. Once completed applications are submitted, they will be reviewed, scholarship awards will be determined and families will be contacted regarding application status. All applicants must agree to fulfill all of the scholarship recipient expectations as listed below. This scholarship is available for PGPR Sharks school year and summer swim seasons as funding allows. Applicants must designate season(s) they are applying for when submitting application. This scholarship is not eligible for meet fees and equipment. Those already registered for the 2022-2023 season are still able to apply for this scholarship.       

Timeline

  • Application Available: August 22, 2022  
  • Application Deadline: September 23, 2022
  • Awards announced: week of October 3, 2022

Scholarship Recipient Expectations

  • Commit to competing on the PGPR swim team for the full season
  • Make scheduled payments on time based on provided schedule
  • Exhibit good sportsmanship throughout all PGPR activities
  • Agree to participate in promotional material which may include photography