Aug 09, 2011

NSPF Awards $20,000 in Scholarships & Fellowships to 15 Students

Students submitted research essays on swimming pool water contaminants and conditions

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) announced that the board of directors has awarded $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships to 15 students for the 2011-2012 school year. Two award programs are funded annually and are now entering their seventh years. The board increased the number of awards and the total funds for this period in response to the continued soft economy, recognizing that more students are in need of financial assistance.

Certified Pool/Spa Operator certification graduates and their family members are honored with the Scholarship/Fellowship Program, which helps them to pursue higher education. Scholarship applicants submit professional information and recommendations, and are required to write a research essay with at least three scientific references. This year’s essay topics asked candidates to address swimming pool water conditions and contaminants that are likely to result in eye and/or skin irritation, allergic response or infection. Each applicant was required to include guidance for pool management or swimmers on how to prevent these negative effects.

The scholarship committee approved $16,000 in scholarships for 14 students who are pursuing higher education in the U.S. in a variety of subject areas. Scholarship winners are as follows:

• Krishna Kansagra (Columbia University), Ray B. Essick Scholarship, $2,000; • Katelyn Kohout (University of Wisconsin), Board of Directors Scholarship, $2,000;
• Chase Anderson (University of Notre Dame), $1,000;
• Dorothy Cooper (University of Vermont), Phillip J. Sperber Scholarship, $1,000; • Brittney Morgan (Huntington University), D. Joseph Hunsaker Scholarship, $1,000;
• Sarah Demty (University of Massachusetts), $1,000;
• Lauren Hoff (Nova Southeastern College), $1,000;
• Charles Hugo (University of Northern Iowa), $1,000;
• Nancy Hugo (University of Northern Iowa), $1,000;
• Stephen Maloney (Pennsylvania State University), $1,000;
• Ashley Maynard (Texas A & M University), $1,000;
• Alexandra Pesso (High Point University), $1,000;
• Sarah Scheuer (University of Georgia), $1,000; and
• Hayden Taylor (Brigham Young University), $1,000.

The NSPF fellowship program approved $4,000 for one student. The fellowship program was established to encourage and support graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are performing risk reduction or health benefit research related to aquatic activities and/or venues such as swimming pools, spas/hot tubs, therapy pools and
Water parks. The fellowship award of $4,000 was given to Jodi Jensen, M.A., public
administration. She is pursuing her Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Management at Hampton University in Hampton, Va. Jensen has more than 20 years experience in the aquatics field. She worked in the public sector in parks and recreation before entering full time into academia. In addition to attaining NSPF instructor status, she has volunteered on the National Red Cross Advisory Committee for revision of the Lifeguard Training program. She also served as member of the Hygiene Technical Committee for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Model Aquatic Health Code.

Jensen’s interest includes examining attitudes and beliefs towards aquatics by African Americans, particularly young adults. As part of her application, Jensen submitted a paper in justification of research for a non-experimental investigation that would address the huge disparity between African Americans versus Caucasians who swim, and the impact on unintentional drowning rates. The study would determine key demographics, family characteristics and environmental factors that differentiate between African American college students who choose to address their at-risk swimming status and those that do not. Her study will be carried out at Hampton University, which is a historically black university.