ISLA Offers Junior Lifeguard Scholarship for 2012

ISLA Junior Guard Scholarship

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The International Surf Lifesaving Association is pleased to announce that we have developed a Jr. Lifeguard scholarship for 2012.

This scholarship is designed to introduce the world of lifeguarding to someone who has dreams of a career in Marine Safety, Oceanography, or Marine Biology and who would benefit from experiencing a Jr. Lifeguard Program. The award of this scholarship is intended to provide the Jr. Guard experience to a child that would normally not participate in such a program, due to his/her location of residence and financial cost. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage achievement of a stated goal, whether as a lifeguard or in another ocean related field of study.  There is no prerequisite knowledge of lifeguarding required for this scholarship, just enthusiasm and the desire to learn. The ISLA Jr. Lifeguard Scholarship is an award in the amount up to of $575.00.

Eligibility Requirements:
1. Applicants must have their parents or legal guardians permission.
2. Applicants must be a between the ages of 9 and 17 years of age at the time of application.
3. Applicants must live at least 12 miles away from their nearest beach.
4. Applicants parents must show proof of financial hardship (2010 IRS Tax filings under 50K)
5. Applicants must write a 300 word essay.
5. Essays will only be accepted via electronic format. Please send a .pdf or word document to: with [Name] and ‘2012 ISLA Jr. Lifeguard Scholarship Application’ in the subject line.
6. To be considered for the 2012 ISLA Jr. Guard Scholarship, essays must be returned to ISLA by May 4, 2012.

Essay Requirements:
The essays will be scored by the ISLA Board of Directors based on a point system. The following topics must be discussed in order to obtain maximum point value. The essay must clearly delineate the applicant’s plan for pursuing a career in an ocean related field of study as well as reasons and vision for becoming a role model for ISLA. The essay should also describe the motivation and inspiration for involvement in Marine Safety. Any achievements and participation in other organizations and related events should be discussed in the essay. Financial need and how the scholarship would improve your ability to achieve your career goals should be covered in the essay.

Awardee’s Responsibility’s:
The awardee and parents must allow ISLA to video document the Jr. Guards experience throughout the summer to create a maximum of 4 videos to be showcase on the ISLA website, youtube, and facebook fan page. The scholarship winner must also submit at the end of summer one blog, summarizing how the scholarship helped him/her, what he/she learned and how they can continue to work as a role model and volunteer for ISLA.



Applicants agree to not hold the International Surf Lifesaving Association, accountable for the outcome of using this monetary award. The selection of a Jr. Lifeguard program rests solely with the awardee and the conduct and safety of the Jr. Lifeguard program is in no way the responsibility of the International Surf Lifesaving Association By submitting an application, the applicant  and his/her parents agrees not to hold the International Surf Lifesaving Association, liable for any harm or injury, personal or otherwise, that may result from the award, if he/she is so selected.