William W. Cowan III
William W. Cowan III was a drowning prevention and water safety advocate. He wanted children to have the opportunity to learn to swim in a safe and fun environment. He was Cocreator of the Gus and Goldie Learn to Swim Program, received Public Recreation Man of the Year Award and later inducted into El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame.
Mr. Cowan served as El Paso Parks and Recreation Aquatics Superintendent for 24 years before retiring and in 2008 the Shawver Aquatic Center was re-named in his honor. He passed away November 1, 2014.
The College Scholarship will be awarded to one high school senior on a one-time, nonrenewable basis in the amount $500.00 after proof of college registration has been provided.
Applicants must be a high school senior graduating from an El Paso County School during the Spring 2018 award year and have met all graduation requirements as set forth by their attending School District and the State of Texas.
Applicant has been accepted for enrollment by a College/University and plan to attend on a full time basis. (12 or more academic hours)
Applicant has a cumulative overall grade point average of 2.5 or above.
Applicant is a member of a Swim Team, a Learn to Swim Instructor, a Lifeguard and/or is involved in water safety/drowning prevention activities.
Scholarship funds will be deposited with the college in the name of the Scholarship recipient Incomplete Applications will not be accepted. In addition, the following should be submitted along with application:
1.Essay: What is your proudest achievement and how has participation in aquatic activities influenced your desire for higher education/career goals? Maximum of 500-word typewritten essay.
2.Two (2) Letters of Recommendation: Dated, signed letters of recommendation from persons in authority. Letters may be from high school administrators, faculty, staff, community members, employers, personal friends, or clergymen who are familiar with your ability, work habits, integrity, and potential.
3.Resume of Accomplishments: List all your scholastic accomplishments, awards, honors, extra-curricular activities, and other significant endeavors which may include applicable community service.
4.Copy of Unofficial high school transcript.
Incomplete Applications will not be accepted.
Please submit Application packet online by April 30, 2018 to: https://dpcelpaso.org/ Check under page SCHOLARSHIPS.
Fill out the form below to apply.