Scholarship Criteria

NSEA Swim Opportunity Scholarship


The NSEA Swim Foundation offers a scholarship to its Sea Devils competitive team for children who wish to swim year-round but cannot join due to the cost. Children aged 6-18 as of September 1, 2021, can apply for the scholarship. Eligibility requirement are:

  • attending school or residing in the Youth Enrichment Zone

  • showing a strong interest in competitive swimming

  • qualifying for New Hanover County’s free or reduced priced lunch program


Scholarship swimmers receive:

  • annual registration

  • monthly dues

  • meet fees

  • a travel fund

  • uniforms

Application Process

Swimmers can apply for a scholarship between July 1–August 15 each year. Submit applications to or bring them to the pool office at 750 Bess Street, Wilmington, NC, by the August 15th deadline. A diverse selection committee will review provided information during the confidential selection process. Swimmers will be eligible to participate at the beginning of the short course season. Applicants will be notified of their selection by August 31. The application process includes the following:

  1. Submit completed application to the NSEA Swim Foundation.

  2. Provide a letter from New Hanover County School district verifying participation in the Free & Reduced Lunch Programs

  3. Provide a letter of recommendation from an individual such as a coach, teacher, etc. not related to the scholarship candidate

  4. Complete and submit an essay. Each essay must be age-appropriate and address the following topics:

    • What would being part of NSEA Swim Sea Devils mean to them?

    • How will they commit to practice and meets?

    • What do they hope to gain from being on the swim team?

    • Include any other comments that the swimmer feels are important to describe his or her desire to be involved in competitive swimming.

To apply for a NSEA Swim Foundation scholarship, contact for details.