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CBSMF Scholarship Information for 2024


The mission of the Charles B. Staats Memorial Foundation is to inspire and empower high school seniors to become future leaders and active members of their community by serving as swim coaches to youth and adults in their communities.

About the scholarship

The Charles B. Staats Memorial Foundation (CBSMF) Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior, who is also a swim coach.   The Scholarship is open to any student in the US who meets the criteria. The CBSMF Scholarship was specifically created to honor the love of coaching and acknowledge the importance of coaching in a swimmer's life .  CBSMF believes that the focus, dedication and hard work required by coaching translates to focus, dedication and success in other areas of life. The scholarship will be awarded to a well rounded student who cares about academics and shows leadership in the community.  Most of all, we want a student who loves being a swim coach.  The CBSMF Scholarship award may be used towards the costs of:  tuition, books, room and board and mandatory school fees.  The Scholarship will be eligible for renewal each year in the same amount awarded in year 1, for up to a maximum of 4 years, contingent upon the student meeting the Board's  annual conditions as outlined in the executed Annual Scholarship Agreement with student.  The anticipated award for 2024 will be $3,000.00 per year.*

Application Criteria  

Completed Application

Minimum GPA of 3.0 (unweighted)
Swim coach experience for at least 2 years (must be a swim coach the summer following high school graduation)
One swimming reference letter (for example, from a swim coach or leader in community-no family members, please)
One other reference letter (no family members please)

Copy of SAT/ACT scores (in the event you are not required to take these exams, please contact us via email)

Official high school transcript
Proof of Acceptance to an accredited 4-year college or university 

Note that the CBSMF Board reserves the right to request additional information from scholarship applicants in the event more information is necessary to determine a Scholarship recipient for the year.

2024 Timeline

January 15th       Applications Accepted
May 27th             Application deadline 5 p.m. E.S,T, NO EXCEPTIONS

July 1st                All Applicants will be notified of the Board's decision

* Amount of the 2024 Annual Scholarship Award will be determined at the CBSMF Board of Directors meeting in June of 2023;  the amount of $3,000/year is the anticipated award amount for the 2024 Scholarship.   Updated 1/4/2024.