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Our College Scholarship Program helps Junior Guard alumni pay for college or other education programs after they are finished with high school. Many of these kids come back to become valuable members of our community. The majority of our fundraising is awarded to our College Scholarship Program.

Capitola Junior Lifeguard Instructors and former Capitola Jr. Lifeguards who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for our college scholarships. You must be a high school graduate and be planning to attend an accredited college or trade school during the fall semester or quarter of 2024 and be a full-time student (12 units or more). In addition, you must have been enrolled and completed a minimum of four years in the Capitola Junior Lifeguard Program.

Scholarships are for tuition only, and all award checks will be made payable to the college/university. Scholarships will not be awarded to students who already have full ride scholarships, so if you already have your undergraduate expenses covered, please wait and apply at a later date if your situation changes.


Scholarships will be awarded to the applicants based on:

  • Enrollment and Participation in Capitola Jr. Lifeguards

  • Demonstrated academic competence

  • Involvement in school, sports, and community organizations


Submission information:

  • All applications must be typed, please. Hand written applications will not be accepted.

  • Due date: Friday, July 26, 2024 at 5:00 pm

  • Deliver to: Jennifer Wiens – 409 Loma Ave, Capitola, CA 95010-3702

  • All items to be mailed or submitted in person



Letters of recommendation, essays, high school and/or college transcripts, college/trade school acceptance letter, financial aid award statement, and a schedule of anticipated expenses, provided by the college/trade school will need to be submitted and will be used to evaluate candidates. This scholarship will be awarded only one time per person. If you are not awarded a scholarship this year, you may reapply.

Note: Students can obtain transcripts online from their school student website.

If you have any questions, please email Jen Weins at

To be considered for a scholarship, the application must be submitted on time, and it must be complete with all required documentation attached. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

2023 College Scholarship Application Form (PDF version)

2023 College Scholarship Application Form (Word version)

Past Scholarship Recipients

2022 Recipients

Sam Levy - Cal Poly
Ava Hymes - UCLA
Holly McGilvray - University of Nevada, Reno
Kylie Rastatter - Western Washington University
Mackenzie Rastatter - Grambling State University


2021 Recipients

Zach Del Favero - Montana State
Sawyer Clausen - Cal Poly
Mason Carlton - Indiana University
Cassie Sears - University of Arizona
Sophie Nigh - Cal Poly
Kaleb Martin - BYU - Hawaii
Logan Cardoza - University of Oregon
Hunter Kelly - San Jose State Unviersity
Shelby White - Alliant International University Masters Program

From left to right: Zach Del Favero, Sawyer Clausen, Mason Carlton, Cassie Sears, Sophie Nigh, Pearson Bradley (Greg Madsen Scholarship), and Kaleb Martin. Not present in the photo: Logan Cardoza, Hunter Kelly, and Shelby White. 

2020 The O'Neill Scholarship Recipient

Grace Bailey - Vanderbilt University  

12 years of Guards with 16 sessions. State flag champion from 2015 - 17. Scholar Athlete on recipient of the CIF Athlete of the year 2017 in the state of CA.  Pre-med major. Favorite memories include regionals bus ride.  Quote:  “Who knew that when I stepped onto the beach as a 6 yr old that Team Tola would shape me into the best version of myself ."

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