NEOY League Scholarship Award Application - Due Feb. 2, 2024

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The Northeast Ohio YMCA Swim League would like to recognize 2 talented swimmers from our Northeast Ohio League who have represented their YMCA with distinction. These individuals have been outstanding competitive swimmers and contributors to their YMCA, as well as being good students, active in the church and community, and all – round good citizens. If the funding is available each year the Executive Committee, League President and Executive Committee Contact will select 2 swimmers from nominations submitted by a YMCA Swim Coach, YMCA Aquatic Director, or a YMCA Executive Director. The recipient’s name (s) will be announced at the Northeast Ohio Swim League Championship Meet. Nomination Forms along with proper documentation is to be sent to the Executive Committee contact and received by FEBRUARY 2, 2024.  After that date the above-named committee will review all nominations and make their choice (s) for 2024.

Each recipient will be awarded a Continuing Education Scholarship” stipend of $1500 that will be sent to the school (trade school, 2-year college, college, or university) of their choice and may be used for tuition fees, room and board (only if living on campus), or books and supplies.  This is a one – time grant and cannot be renewed. Guidelines for disbursement of these Scholarship Funds will be outlined in a letter to each recipient.

To Qualify:

  • Nominee must be a member of good standing of a YMCA that participates in the Northeast Ohio YMCA Swim League.
  • Spirit – Be an active participant and volunteer by serving others, at your place of worship, or community service organization.
  • Mind – Must be a graduating senior, with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Body – Must have been a member and fully participated for at least three years in the Northeast Ohio YMCA Swim League, competed with the team your senior year and demonstrate leadership skills with your YMCA team.

Nomination requirements:

  • Person nominated must submit an essay, 500 words or less typed, discussing what/who has helped him/her become the young man or women he/she is today; involve the spiritual, mental, and physical attributes you have acquired.
  • Nominators must complete the nomination form which must be signed by the Executive Director.
  • Nominators must attach letters of recommendation. Please see attached document for more information.
  • The Nomination Packet must be mailed or emailed to the following address and be received by or on 

FEBRUARY 2, 2024:

North Canton YMCA

200 South Main St.

North Canton, Ohio 44720

               Attention: Debbie Josif


Emailed to Debbie Josif: [email protected]       (must be received by or on February 2, 2024)


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Nomination Form

Northeast Ohio League

YMCA Outstanding Swimmer Award

Each YMCA participating in the Northeast Ohio Swim League is entitled and encouraged to send nominations to receive “The Spirit – Mind – Body College Scholarship.” This form along with the swimmer’s essay and letters of recommendation must be mailed to Debbie Josif, 200 South Main St., North Canton, Ohio 44720 or emailed to [email protected].

All materials must be received by or on February 2, 2024        

Please Type or Print the information on this form:                                                                                     Candidates                                                                                                                                                                     Name: (Last) _______________________ (First)_____________________Age:______ Sex: (M)___(F)___

Address: ______________________________________________

City: _______________________________ Email: ______________________________________

State: ___________ Zip________________ Phone: (______) ______________________________

Citizenship Status: ____________________

Northeast Ohio YMCA Swim League Information:                                                                                         YMCA Name:       ___________________________________________

YMCA Address     _____________________________________________

Zip:         ______________________              Phone: (______) ___________________

YMCA Team Name: __________________________ Number of years on team: _____________

Current Coach:     __________________________                    Coaches Phone:   ______________________

Coaches Email:     __________________________

Educational Information:                                                                                                                                       High School:         ____________________________                GPA:      __________

Other information:                                                                                                                                                 Church Name: _________________________            Local Newspaper: ______________________

Nominated By: _______________________ Relationship to Swimmer: __________________________

Signatures Required:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Applicant’s Signature: ______________________________________________                                              Date: ____________________

Executive’s Name: ______________________________ Signature: _______________________________          Date: ____________________

Coach’s Name: ___________________________________ Signature: _________________________________      Date _____________________



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NOMINATOR:  A letter of recommendation covering the items listed below must be attached to the nomination packet from the Nominator and at least two (2) other people listed: YMCA Executive, Physical or Aquatic Director, Swim Coach, Clergy, School Principal, Teacher or School Advisor, or Community Leader. Also attach any copies of newspaper clippings you may have on this individual.

  1. Comments on the personal qualities of this candidate such as leadership, etc.
  2. Indicate how this person exemplified the YMCA purpose and values in daily life such as responsibility, dependability etc.
  3. Why do you think this person should be considered for this award?
  4. School, Club Activities, and / or Organizations, which this person has been a member.
  5. Church Involvement and Community Activities.