Swimming Pool Association Awards Scholarships

More than $17,000 in merit scholarships were awarded by the Florida Swimming Pool Association to 16 college students last month.

Loxahatchee siblings Kimberly, Brooke and John Patrick Kelly, children of Brian Kelly, were among the recipients.

Kimberly is attending graduate school at the University of Florida to achieve her master’s degree in information systems and operations management.

Brooke is attending the University of Florida to major in finance, while John is attending the University of Central Florida to major in civil engineering and minor in business finance.

Also among the recipients this year was Amelia Nicole Ross, daughter of Fred Ross from Lake Worth. She is attending Florida International University in Miami to major in nursing.

For more than 20 years, the FSPA has presented scholarships to dependents of its members and employees to help offset the cost of a college education.

Scholarships are awarded based on each student’s academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, contributions to the community and a research paper focusing on a pool industry related topic.

“We are extremely proud that FSPA’s members have continued to underwrite this program,” FSPA Executive Director Wendy Parker Barsell said. “FSPA’s scholarship program is just one of the many benefits this association offers its members, their employees and families.”

The FSPA is a trade association for the Florida swimming pool and spa industry. It serves as the educator, promoter and information bank for 16 chapters with more than 600 members statewide.

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