Sea Dragons - take advantage of this opportunity!!

The Tarheel Swimming Association was created to promote and encourage competitive and recreational summer swimming for Wake County youth. To help nurture and maintain interest by older swimmers who have recently graduated from high school, the Association’s bylaws instruct us to attempt to award educational grants each year. The grants are named after Cecil L. Williamson, a dedicated swimming volunteer.



The educational grant program set by the TSA Board of Directors for the 2022 season calls for 25 grants in the amount of $400 each. Grants are awarded each season to a random selection of qualified applicants.



To be eligible a swimmer or TSA coach must:


·         Be an entering first-year student in a college, technical, business, or post-secondary school.


·         Have competed in the last two (2) consecutive TSA swim seasons of eligibility and have swum in a minimum of three (3) dual meets in each of the seasons. . .

·         … OR… Be a TSA coach who competed as a swimmer in the two (2) seasons prior to becoming a coach, having swum in a minimum of three (3) dual meets in each of the seasons.


Petitions can be made for extenuating circumstances and will be acted upon by the Executive Committee.

Note that the year of grant eligibility does not have to coincide with a swimmer’s final season of TSA eligibility, and a swimmer’s or coach’s qualifying seasons need not all be with the same TSA club.

** 2020 exception due to the unofficial season (voted on by the TSA board on 5/12/2020) - Eligible swimmers are not required to meet the requirements in #2 for the 2020 season. (Everyone is given credit for the 2020 season.)



Procedure for Submitting Names

If you have a senior swimmer who graduates in 2020 or graduated in 2020 and who isn't swimming on an athletic scholarship in college this coming year please submit his or her name using this form to be entered into the drawing to be held June 22.
Entries for the educational grants are due by Saturday, June 20th.  Submissions will be accepted from June 1 - June 20. Names will be randomly drawn on June 22. Winners will be announced via email, the TSA website and the Tuesday Night Lights blog. Checks will be mailed in July.

Questions? Contact TSA Secretary Jenny Smith at [email protected]


Members of the Board (TSA reps) may also submit the names of eligible individuals that exemplify the qualities of team spirit, dedication, leadership, and sportsmanship.

Prior years' scholarship entries (2018 and earlier) asked for this information:

Entry Submission:

-Entrant’s name (first and last)

-Pronunciation tips for any element of the name that is not obvious.

-Entrant’s team

-Entrant’s postal address

Cecil L Williamson Educational Grant Winners - $400 grants - won by Cary Park Sea Dragons

2020     Olivia Honaker
2019     Molly Anglum
2013     Claire Liu
2012     Megan Kunkel
2012     Katie Vaudo
2011     Kelsey Tuttle