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Thirteen Scholarships and Fellowships Awarded in 2017

Colorado Springs, COLORADO, September 12, 2017 - Thirteen deserving academics have been awarded the 2017 National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) scholarships and fellowships. $18,000 was allocated to provide for the future of the industry through education.

Funding education benefits individuals and the industry, providing an educated workforce and advancing research in the field. The NSPF awards also recognize the influence of industry leaders on future generations. The Don Burns Scholarship was awarded in honor of Mr. Burns’ contribution as an NSPF Board Member for eight years; and the Don Witte Scholarship was named in honor of Mr. Witte’s nine-year position on NSPF’s Board of Directors.

Annually, NSPF provides scholarships and fellowships to applicants who are either active Certified Pool/Spa Operators®, NSPF Instructors, or the immediate family member of the former. Fellowship recipients must also be either enrolled full-time while pursuing an advanced academic degree or a post-doctoral researcher at an academic institution. 

Celeste Bartels of Kansas State University, Anne Zeeh Beethe of the University of Pittsburgh, Kelsie Gillespie of West Virginia University, Kerry Kohout of the University of Wisconsin, Lindsey Marx of Brigham Young University, Matthew Metz of Westmont College, Bertrand Oubida of Lehman College, Tiffany Reichert of Texas A&M, Marcia Shirilla of the University of Delaware, Hannah Snyder of Appalachian State University, Savannah Wagner of Dominican College, and Brittany Kaye Wich of Texas State University were notified in August of their $1,000 & $2,000 awards. 

“We are all about education. When a member of our CPO® Certification family is pursuing a college or advanced degree, we are pleased to help,” stated NSPF CEO Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D. 

“Our world is comprised of almost 71% water and only a select few have knowledge of water safety skills. We must fight to change this,” began Bertrand M. G. Oubida. “Change starts with the individual. This scholarship will help me further my education and eventually bring about the change I want to see. Aiding with the development of swim programs in impoverished communities is my end goal, and I am honored to have been helped with some of the cost.”   

Lachocki further stated, “We value research that advances the field of aquatics. Each fellowship recipient is performing research related to keeping people safer and active in the water. We are thrilled to aid with the beginning of a career in aquatics!”

Hannah Snyder, Graduate Student of Appalachian State University stated, “The prevalence of exercise induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) is greater among swimmers than among other summer sport athletes and most winter sport athletes. The repeated exposure to disinfectant by-products in swimming pool environments may contribute to the increased risk and worsen symptoms of EIB in swimmers. With the use of this scholarship, I hope to further my research into the indices of airway function in swimmers with exercise-induced bronchoconstriction.”

About the National Swimming Pool Foundation®
At the National Swimming Pool Foundation, we believe everything we do helps people live happier and healthier lives. Whether it’s encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer, or keeping pools open, we believe we can make a difference. To further this mission, in 2016 we combined forces with GENESIS, an educational leader for designers and builders of residential pools and spas. Together with GENESIS we offer products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. In 2012, we launched the Step Into Swim™ Campaign, a 10-year initiative to create one million more swimmers. Founded in 1965 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and located in Colorado Springs, CO., NSPF proceeds go to fund research and to help create swimmers. Visit nspf.org, genesis3.com, stepintoswim.org, or call 719-540-9119 to learn more.

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