Jose Cerda Memorial Scholarship for the Class of 2018

2018 Ohio Swimming, Inc. Jose Cerda Memorial Scholarship

Ohio Swimming values academic excellence and swimming contributions made by Ohio Swimming’s high school students. Ohio Swimming will award one $500 scholarship each to a qualified male and female high school student athlete in the memory of Jose Cerda.

A)  DEFINITION For purposes of meeting the eligibility requirements, an Institute of Higher Learning is defined as an educational institution in any state or country that:

  1. Admits as regular students only persons having a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such a certificate;
  2. Is legally authorized within such state or country to provide a program of education beyond secondary education;
  3. Provides an educational program for which the institution awards a bachelor’s degree or provides not less than a 2-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward such a degree, or awards a degree that is acceptable for admission to a graduate or professional degree program;
  4. Is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association, or if not so accredited, is an institution that has been granted pre-accreditation status by such an agency; or
  5. Any school that provides not less than a 1-year program of training to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.


  1. Applicants must be high school seniors graduating during the current academic school year when applications are due;
  2. Applicants must be a member in good standing of a swim team/swim club in Ohio Swimming; and
  3. Applicants must be accepted to an accredited program at an Institute of Higher Learning at the time scholarship funds are disbursed.

C)  EVALUATION CRITERIA: Applications will be assessed based on the following:

  1. Content of Personal Essay on the specified topic;
  2. Participation in swim club/swim team, Ohio Swimming, and the aquatics community;
  3. Citizenship and community service;
  4. High school weighted grade point average

D)  REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:  Applicants MUST submit all of the following information by the published deadline in order to be considered:

  1. Completed application form;
  2. Personal essay on the specified topic, not to exceed 1,000 words;
  3. Resume;
  4. Two letters of recommendation meeting the following requirements:
    • One recommendation letter MUST be from a swim coach; and
    • Recommendation letters may not be from any family relative
  5. Unofficial transcript showing grades received through the end of the semester immediately proceeding the published application deadline.


  1. All Required Documents are to be compiled into ONE electronic file, in Adobe .pdf format, in the order listed under Paragraph D above.
  2. Electronic file MUST be transmitted to the following email address:
  3. Application deadline:  April 1, 2018 at 2400 hrs Eastern Time (note:  a reply email will be provided to confirm receipt)   

F)  RECIPIENT ANNOUNCEMENT:  Scholarship awards will be awarded at the 2018 Ohio Swimming Recognition Banquet (May 5, 2018).

Link to the application