Tsunami Swimming strongly advocates participation in the sport of swimming at all levels by all people, regardless of income level, race, or class. Tsunami is one of the few organizations of its type to offer financial assistance to qualifying participants, and has done so successfully since its inception in 2001. Read on below to find out how to apply for a scholarship so that you, too, can enjoy the lifelong benefits of the sport of swimming.
How to apply
About Tsunami Swimming's Scholarship Program
As part of its outreach effort, Tsunami Swimming offers need-based financial assistance for all of its programs. The US Federal Poverty Level Guidelines for the National School Lunch Program are used to establish need. Currently, this amount is a 50% reduction in fees for families at 185% of the federal poverty level (reduced price school lunch criteria) and a 75% reduction in fees for families at 130% of the federal poverty level (free school lunch criteria).
In 2018 Tsunami Swimming was awarded grants from Virginia Swimming to provide free or very low cost ($5) instruction in both the Learn to Swim and Swim and Stay Fit programs for qualifying families. In cases of extreme hardship the $5 fee can be waived.
Swimmers who qualify for either grant or for Tsunami’s financial assistance also receive free suits and reduced USAS registration for team swimmers.
If you know of any families who do not participate in swim programs because of the cost, please share this information with them. And if you are interested in contributing to the scholarship program, all donations are tax-deductible.
To date, Tsunami Swimming has provided financial assistance to over 100 individuals.
Tsunami Swimming strongly endorses USA Swimming's Outreach program, of which Head Coach Peter Maloney was Chair for several years.