John Traube holds a special place in the hearts of FAST members as he was a tireless volunteer and master swimmer who gave much effort into making FAST a successful swim club. In March 2018, the FAST Board of Directors made John an honorary lifetime FAST Board Member after he lost his courageous battle with cancer.  The swimming community lost a great ambassador too soon. 

John and his family want to ensure that his dedication to and love of the sport will continue on for generations to come.  It is with this in mind that his family established the John C. Traube (JCT) Memorial Scholarship. 

John began his swimming career in Red Bud, Illinois swimming with his cousins, sister, and brother at a small community pool in a summer league.  John soon began swimming year-round first with the Belleville, IL YMCA, then with The Oak Hill Seahawks Swim Team in Belleville, and his final stop before college on the Clayton Shaw Park Swim Team. John went on to attend Clarion University in Pennsylvania where he was a ten time All America and team captain for the Division II Golden Eagles.  During John’s swimming tenure, Clarion finished with a top 5 ranking at the NCAA Division II National Swimming Championships all four years, and his senior season they finished ranked second in the country.  

By the mid 1990’s John had retired from collegiate swimming, but his contributions to the sport would continue for years to come.  John married a swimmer, Jen, and they had two beautiful young swimmers of their own.  John could be found on the pool deck as an official, timer, or starter.  He served as a board member, committee member, and always the proud parent.  John and Jen are proud to have their oldest daughter attend Duquesne University where she will continue her contribution to the sport by managing the Duquesne Swim & Dive Team and excited to have their youngest daughter continue her highly decorated swimming career with FAST. 

The John C. Traube Memorial Scholarship is available to athletes from the Ozark Region of USA Swimming, who is committed to swimming in college, (NCAA, NAIA or Junior/Community College).  The total scholarship award may be up to $4,000.00 ($1,000.00 per year). The recipient will be awarded $1,000.00 per year, renewable each year for a total of four collegiate years, so long as the athlete is in good standing academically. There are no specific financial, GPA or test score requirements.  Recipients will be awarded the scholarships solely based on the determination of the scholarship committee.  The scholarship committee’s decision is final.  To be considered, you must submit, via email, a completed application and supporting documentation on or before April 30, 2019.

The 2019-2020 application can be found by clicking here.  Download and submit the application prior to April 30, 2019.

To submit applications, make financial donations or for inquiries regarding the

 JCT Memorial Scholarship, e-mail:

jctms0204@gmail.com