The Emily Schindler Memorial Scholarship Triathlon benefits the Emily Schindler Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Emily spent most of her life in the water. Joining the SPY Team when she was 9 years old, she always put friendship above competition and exemplified team spirit as a swimmer on the team for 9 years. Always encouraging others to remain positive, Emily brought a smile to everyone around her. When she laughed, she laughed wholeheartedly. It was as if she had just heard the funniest joke in the world. Her blond hair shining in the sunlight reminded you of an angel.
On a snow-covered road in January 2004, Emily was killed in a car accident. After her death, her parents established a scholarship fund in her name. The scholarship is awarded annually to any graduating or past SPY swimmer who has been on the team for at least 1 year. At least 1 scholarship in the amount of $1000 is awarded each year. To apply applicants must submit an essay describing how swimming on the SPY team has affected their life. Applicants are judged on their essay, an interview with members of the selection committee, recommendations from the SPY coaches and financial need.
In 2009, a second scholarship was established and is granted to a non-SPY swimmer annually at the Winterfest Swim Meet. To date, nearly $51,000 has been awarded to 86 swimmers.
To make a tax-deductible contribution to the fund, please make your contribution payable to “Severna Park Swimming Association” (SPSA) and mail to:
Emily Schindler Memorial Scholarship Fund
179 Teal Drive
Pasadena, MD 21122