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We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Scholarship Program. 
click here to download the application which are due by May 5th 

Since 1985, the Northeast Spa and Pool Association has honored the memory of Harold J. “Duke” Ellington’s love and devotion to the swimming pool industry by rewarding students who selflessly perform acts of service for the good of others.

The Scholarship awards are open to all students who permanently reside within the NESPA region area.  (NESPA region area consists of CT, NJ, LI, Eastern NY & Eastern PA)  This includes, but not limited to, children of owners and employees of all NESPA firms.  The award will be presented to a graduating high school senior or to a matriculated college student whose permanent residence is within the NESPA territory.  Questions regarding the specific territory should be directed to the NESPA office.

In order to be considered for one of the awards, the individual must be nominated by an owner or employee of an NESPA member firm. Applicants who are in the immediate family of an owner or employee of NESPA member firm will be given special consideration.  An immediate family member is considered a spouse, children, step-children, grandchildren, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins or self. The primary consideration for the award is the performance of “good deeds,” or community service.  Scholastic achievement and financial need are also considered.

Two scholarships will be awarded in 2017 (a $3,000 scholarship and a $2,000 scholarship).  

Participants were asked to provide the following:

Personal Statement: Applicant must provide a typed personal statement explaining the “good deeds” or public/community service for which he/she is being nominated. Please include all types of volunteer and community service activities.  Applications without this statement enclosed will not be considered. Statement should be no more than 500 words.

Enrollment Verification: Applicant must enclose verification of student’s current school enrollment and current grade average (current high school or college transcript).  For graduating high school seniors, please add verification of college acceptance.  Applications without these documents will not be considered.

Please contact the NESPA Foundation office if you have any questions, at (609) 689-9111. Download the scholarship application here!

2016 Scholarship Awardees

Taylor Martin
East Earl, Pennsylvania
Nominated by:  Integrity Pools (Lancaster, PA)

As having the opportunity to play softball has positively impacted her life, Taylor has volunteered at youth clinics in her community to help other young girls see how team athletics can be a great benefit to them as well.   Taylor has also devoted her time to fundraising for cancer research after a close relative was diagnosed by a rare form of cancer.  The diagnosis also shaped Taylor's future plans as she has decided to study nursing at Hesston Mennonite College in Hesston, Kansas.

Jessica Santa Maria
Marlboro, New Jersey
Nominated by:  Mill Bergen Pools (Brooklyn, NY)

After years of study in the healthcare field including medical research in the areas of diabetes and orthopedic pathology, Jessica discovered a passion for patient care as she volunteered in the Emergency Room at a local hospital.  This volunteer experience gave focus to her career path and she has been working closely with patients and physicians in the fast-paced emergency room environment for several years.  Jessica will be using her scholarship to help fund her continuing education in her field at the American Institute of Medical Science.

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