In 2008, The Ellertson Family Scholarship Fund was established to assist families of deserving swimmers in cases of financial hardship. The Fund is primarily supported by 25% of annual Swim-A-Thon proceeds. Additional funds are raised annually by family donations as well as through Portland Parks and Recreation Columbia Pool lane-hour discount where savings are allocated to fund scholarships. Donations to the fund are always welcome. 

Applications are accepted year-round. Scholarship grants are based on financial need, support from coaches, and demonstrated dedication to the sport and the team. Applicants generally have some experience in competitive swimming and the support of their coach. Scholarship Admin will consider all coach supported special circumstances.


  • Be sure to talk to your coach so they are aware an application will be submitted.

  • If applying for dues or annual registration fee assistance please be sure you are first registered for the 20222-23 season. Beginning of the season applications will be reviewed and awarded prior to October 1st billing.

  • Please note: Funds are limited. We make every effort to support all swimmers in need.

Registration and Dues Assistance Scholarship:  We consider partial and full registration fee scholarships and will apply to USA Swimming for outreach registration scholarships on the swimmer’s behalf. 

One-Time Assistance Scholarship:  Families needing a little extra help in purchasing required gear, or one-time help due to a family emergency, may apply.

Travel Assistance Scholarship:  Travel meets can be expensive. Most often accessed for championship or team travel meets, the travel assistance scholarships are also available for families needing a little extra help affording meet fees to local meets.

Service Hours and Fundraising:  Scholarship families are automatically eligible to interchange fundraising and service hour commitments. Service completed over requirements are applied to fundraising at a rate of $25/hour. Fundraising dollars completed over requirements are applied to service at a rate of $25/hour.

Questions about Scholarships? Please contact your coach or our Admin Team