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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 and please include:

  • Activities information: included in the form, or within the online form you may upload a well-organized document with the required information.

  • 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. 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. It will be uploaded in the form.

  • Two letters of recommendation submitted to by 11:59pm July 7, 2024. The recommendations should be from individuals other than a parent. One recommendation is required to be from a person who knows you in an aquatics context. You may want to request recommendations from club representatives who know you well, such as a coach (past or present), a Board or Parent Rep, the Clerk of Course, or other involved club representative. The second person may be from a different context as long as they know you well. Individuals writing the recommendation may email if an alternate format is needed. 

  • Completed applications must be received no later than 11:59pm on June 28, 2024. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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