Swim Scholarship

Scholarships now available to young swimmers!

Swimmers begin their journey to Jamestown in the 2018 Swim.
Swimmers push off from Newport and make their way to Jamestown in the 2018 Swim.

Here at Save The Bay, we believe that qualified swimmers of all ages deserve a chance to participate in the Swim fundraiser. Unfortunately, the challenge of meeting the minimum fundraising requirements can sometimes be too great a challenge for young swimmers.

With that in mind—and thanks to support from Philip Weinstein, the Harold A. Winstead Charitable Trust and other sponsors—we’ve established the Swim The Bay Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship who pledge to fundraise $200, will receive a $200 match, fulfilling the event’s $400 fundraising minimum.

If you are a young swimmer between the ages of 15 and 21, and you’re interested in tackling a thrilling 1.7-nautical-mile trek across Narragansett Bay for the first time, we encourage you to apply!

The 2019 Swim The Bay Scholarship application process opens July 1 and ends July 19. Questions, and completed applications, can be directed to Leanne Danielsen at ldanielsen@savebay.org or at 401-272-2540 x140.

To Qualify:

  1. Swimmer must be between 15 and 21 years old.
  2. Swimmer must be new to the Swim.
  3. Swimmers must qualify to swim 1.7 miles from Newport to Jamestown (See Qualifications).
  4. Swimmers must write a short essay addressing “Why I want to swim for the Save The Bay Swim.”
  5. Upon selection, recipients will be required to complete a registration form and fundraise $200.

Download the Application

Learn More about the Swim

Support the Scholarship

Your donation to the swimmers of tomorrow connects a young swimmer with the beauty of Narragansett Bay, and helps them experience one of the most amazing open water swims in the country. Your donation also helps us meet Save The Bay Swim’s fundraising goals, including this year’s match challenge.

Learn more about The Challenge

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.