Julia Shew Memorial Rowing Scholarship
Named in honor of one of OBC’s most beloved members, these scholarships support high school athletes who need financial assistance to join their schools’ rowing teams. The scholarships are funded by proceeds from the Occoquan Memorial Sprints and by generous donations from those who understand the value rowing has for young people.
Applying for a Scholarship
The fund supports students who row for high schools based on the Occoquan Reservoir (Sandy Run, Bull Run, Oxford House).
The application requires these materials:
- A completed application with answers to all questions
- A recommendation from the student’s rowing coach, Athletic Director, or Booster president attesting to the student’s financial need and club participation
- Signatures from the parents, the coach, and either the Athletic Director or Booster President
Applications without these materials and signatures will not be considered, so please allow time to gather them.
2016 applications must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2015. Please note that this is not a “postmarked by” deadline.
Scholarships are announced three weeks after the application deadline, with funds being disbursed directly to booster clubs.
For questions or more information regarding the scholarship, please contact our Scholarship Chair, Clint Spooner, at gro.cbowornull@pihsralohcs.
About Julia Shew
One of OBC’s most active and outgoing members, Julia Shew extended herself with snacks and encouragement to the high school rowers who practiced daily at Sandy Run. In her last season on the water, at the age of 65, Julia attained the club record and her personal goal of rowing over 3000 miles in a single season. A college rower at UC Berkeley, Julia turned to sculling after her retirement. She could be found most mornings at Sandy Run before or after her daily rows to Bull Run, eager to describe the eagles and other wildlife she encountered. In the fall of 2010 Julia passed away. Because of her energy, generosity, and warmth, and in memory of her enthusiasm for youth rowing, OBC’s scholarship fund was named in Julia’s honor.
Making a Donation
The scholarships are funded mainly by the proceeds from the Occoquan Memorial Sprints regatta, which Bob Spousta founded and envisioned as a source of support for high school students who need financial assistance in order to row. Other donors have contributed to the scholarship fund in Julia’s memory or because they understand the lifelong value rowing has for young people.
If you would like to make a donation, please mail your contribution made payable to Occoquan Boat Club, PO Box 182, Occoquan, VA 22125. Please include Julia Shew Rowing Scholarship in the Memo Line.
Because OBC is a 501 c 4 organization, contributions are not tax deductible.
2014 Scholarship Awards
In 2014, 20 high school students from 10 eligible high schools were awarded scholarships totaling $7100. In 2013, 22 young people representing 9 eligible schools were awarded scholarships for a total of $7000. In 2012, 13 scholarships were awarded, totaling $4325, and in 2011 the club funded 16 rowers with $6575. Awards range from $250 to $500 and are presented to each athlete’s Booster Club to assist with their membership dues.