Scholarship

Greater Richmond Aquatic League
Leonard Everett Scholarship Application



The Greater Richmond Aquatic League (GRAL) Leonard Everett Scholarship may be awarded annually to one or more graduating high school seniors who have participated in a GRAL member club aquatics programs for no less than five consecutive years. Interested seniors are encouraged to apply.

Character Qualities: The scholarships are awarded to swimmers who demonstrate dedication to the sport of swimming and loyalty to the athlete’s GRAL team. The scholarship winner continuously strives to make the most of his/her abilities, vigorously pursues his/her goals and dreams, and competes in a way that sets high personal and teammate standards. The scholarship winner leads by example and demonstrates that hard work and dedication may lead to new levels of personal accomplishment. The winner represents the best of what swimming is all about in the Greater Richmond Aquatic League.

Winners of the scholarship will have demonstrated the following qualities, primarily through their involvement in GRAL aquatics, but also in school and community.
  • Dedication
  • Determination
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Scholarship
  • Service
  • Sportsmanship

Selection Process: The Selection Committee bases its decision on careful consideration of the application materials submitted by the applicants. The Selection Committee determines the number and amount of scholarships annually, dependent on availability of funds and the quality of the candidate pool.

To apply: Fill out this form. Include
  • The activities form (can download here or through the main application form)
  • An essay that explains what your GRAL aquatics experience means to you. The essay should be a compelling story about you, your GRAL experiences and what those experiences mean to you, not a delineation of how you exemplify each quality. An imaginative written presentation of your qualities will be well received. Please limit your remarks to no more than two (2) standard double-spaced pages using a font no smaller than 10-point type with 1-inch margins. The essay will weigh heavily in the final selection.
  • A copy of your high school transcript including your final semester. Email this to president@gralva.com.
  • Two (2) recommendations from individuals other than a parent, preferably from persons who know you in an aquatics context. Individuals completing recommendations should fill out this online form. Email christy@gralva.com if an alternate form is needed. You may want to request recommendations from club representatives who know you well, such as a coach (past or present), a swim representative, a voting representative or other involved club representative. Recommendations are due by July 14, 2017.

    Completed applications must be received no later than 6 p.m. June 30, 2017.
    Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
    Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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