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Alexander Burgess Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship is given in memory of Alexander S. Burgess, who passed away at the age of 26 on January 6, 2021. This scholarship is awarded annually to a male Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA Tigershark swimmer enrolled in their senior year of high school. The amount of the scholarship is $5,000 to be used for post-high school tuition expenses.


Alexander “Alex” Burgess began his career as a Tigershark swimmer at the age of 7 at the Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA. Alex loved swimming, and so began a 13-year career as a Tigershark.  Over that time, he won numerous swim races, compiled boxes full of medals and trophies, qualified for national meets and set team records.   All the while Alex remained humble, caring, and supportive of his teammates.  Alex’s contributions to YMCA swimming were not only athletic accomplishments in the pool, but also out of the water.

During Christmas breaks from Miami University, Alex would volunteer to help coach the Tigersharks, so the coaches could spend more time with their families.  This was his way of giving back to the team and their coaches.

Upon Alex’s passing, his family chose to create a memorial scholarship in his honor. The Alexander Burgess Memorial Scholarship celebrates Alex’s life while instilling his love of the water in others.


The Alexander Burgess Memorial Scholarship is available to a male swimmer who meets the following criteria:

  • Current high school senior, actively enrolled with the Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA Tigershark program.
  • The swimmer must be committed to post-high school education in a 4-year college, 2-year college or trade school.

Application Process

Applicants should complete the online application form no later than midnight on April 15th. The scholarship will be awarded based on the swimmer exhibiting the characteristics that Alex demonstrated throughout his long career as a Tigershark swimmer: dedication to excellence, commitment to his teammates, and love for competitive swimming. Applicants should be prepared to articulate how they meet these criteria in the application.

Dates to remember:

  • March 15th: Applications available online at
  • April 15th: Applications due by midnight
  • May: Scholarship Recipient notified

Selection Process

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati association staff will manage the intake of applications and submit all applications to the selection committee for consideration. Representatives of the Burgess family, the Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA, and the swimming community will serve on the selection committee annually.


A one-time $5,000 award shall be distributed to the selected scholarship recipient’s education institution at the start of their freshman year. The Alexander Burgess Memorial Scholarship, established to honor and celebrate Alex’s life and legacy, will be funded by distributions from the endowment established in 2022 with a gift from the Burgess family.

Online Application

  • Post-secondary Education

  • Competitive Swimming Experience

  • Number of years active in competitive swimming
  • Number of years as a Powel Crosley, Jr. Tigershark
  • Please list any awards or noteworthy records achieved during your time as a competitive swimmer.
  • Any experience volunteering with the Tigershark team or other YMCA swimming related programs.
  • Essay Questions

  • Share how you are dedicated to excellence in competitive swimming and how this dedication shows up in other parts of your life.
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  • Share examples of how you have been a good teammate during your time as a Tigershark.
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  • Share your love of the sport of competitive swimming and how it has helped make you the person you are today.
  • Max. file size: 10 MB.
    Please attach one letter of recommendation from a non-family member. Those serving on the selection committee are not permitted to submit letters of recommendation on behalf of applicants.

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