Scholarships & Awards

The owners of the Olympian School of Swimming, Shauna Devine and Gary Nolden, are proud to present our Scholarship and Awards Program.

“Where Kids Love To Come and Love To Swim”

In the last 20 years, we have employed well over a thousand high school, post secondary, and graduate students. We both recognize and appreciate that a large part of Olympian Swimming’s success is due to the commitment, hard work and professionalism of our exceptional staff.

Go Torch!

As enthusiastic supporters of the young adults in our community and strong advocates of academic excellence, we have developed this program to support our staff at Olympian Swimming.

Through our Scholarship and Awards Program we are pleased to influence, mentor, and encourage our staff as they embark on their post-secondary academic careers.

We wish our staff the best of luck through the application process.

Colleen Devine Memorial Scholarship


In 1993 at the age of 23 Colleen Elizabeth Devine, a third-year honor student at Carleton University was tragically killed in a car crash. Colleen valued two things most in life: competitive swimming and academics. She always enjoyed the rigor of swimming, competing and training but most of all she loved being part of a team. She was extremely well-liked, had many good friends and always appreciated her experiences as a swimmer. As she got older and began university, she seamlessly incorporated the attributes she learned as a swimmer into her academic life including goal setting, time management and a dedication to excellence. Colleen was a beautiful, dynamic and fun young woman whose life was cut far too short. It is with a little sadness but also great hope that this scholarship will continue to inspire and support excellence and leadership in the tradition of Colleen Devine.




Shauna Devine Leadership Award

Empowering Young Women:

The Dr. Shauna Devine Women’s Initiative Scholarship

The Shauna Devine Leadership Award encourages and promotes exceptional female students who have demonstrated scholarship and academic excellence, leadership, community service and/ or entrepreneurship. Dr. Shauna Devine has launched this award, which responds to one of her core missions of empowering women through education to be the leaders of today and tomorrow. The initiative engages young women from Olympian Swimming to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree in business, science/math, technology or medicine. Submissions are evaluated based on candidate essays, which outline goals and research objectives while attending university. Consideration will also be given to academic performance, community involvement, leadership qualities and extracurricular activities.

Lifesaving Awards Scholarship Program

The owners of the Olympian School of Swimming, Shauna Devine and Gary Nolden, in collaboration with the Lifesaving Society Ontario, are pleased to announce the Olympian School of Swimming Lifesaving Scholarship.

What is the Olympian School of Swimming Lifesaving Awards Scholarship Program?

The Olympian School of Swimming Lifesaving Awards Scholarship Program is a joint collaboration between the Olympian School of Swimming and the Lifesaving Society that aims to support lifeguards and swim instructors in Ontario, and contribute to the Province’s objective of safety in the water and swimming excellence. The program supports swim instructors and lifeguards who have achieved their bronze medallion, bronze cross, national lifeguarding-pool, and demonstrated leadership skills in the community with the expectation that the instructor will continue to contribute to aquatics in Ontario.

Starting Blocks Award Program

Olympian Swimming is proud to introduce our newest scholarship initiative the “Starting Blocks Award Program.”

This purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to a swimmer who would otherwise not have the means to swim competitively. We understand the financial commitment it takes to participate in advanced athletic programs and through “Starting Blocks” our goal is to support one candidate per year that can demonstrate a need for financial assistance. We want to be able to positively encourage and impact an up and coming swimmer who has demonstrated dedication, enthusiasm and talent in the learn to swim program, and a keen desire to swim competitively.

Welcome to Starting Blocks

Penny Oleksiak