The 2022 Hunter Goold Memorial Scholarship

The 2022 Hunter Goold Memorial Scholarship

The Hunter Goold Memorial Scholarship was first awarded to Sandra Kellogg in 2011 and has been awarded to a qualified individual each year since. The $1650.00 scholarship covers 100% of the tuition expense of the Ron Rhinehart International Aquatic Safety School®.

FOR 2022 – E&A will offer an additional $1,000.00 (to be applied toward the recipient’s hotel lodging accommodations at the Arizona Grand) for the winner of this scholarship, bringing the total value of the scholarship to $2650.00!  If you have ever considered applying but were hesitant because of the hotel expense, now may be the perfect time!

As in past years, we are asking that each interested candidate submit a short video. This video should provide an overview of the qualifications of the individual asking for consideration. The video may also include any supporting testimonials or evidence of service (all on the video).

While the submitted video does not require anything more than recorded explanations of qualifications, we encourage each candidate to be creative. The Goold family will review submissions and communicate their choice to E&A staff.  Please have your video submission available for E&A staff to access no later than December 10, 2021.

All submissions must include the candidate's:

  • Full Name (the name of the Nominee)
  • Organization/facility at which the nominee is currently employed
  • Position of the nominee at the facility

Video Submissions should include the following:

  • Be accessible on the internet using a streaming service such as YouTube or saved in an accessible cloud server.
  • Include a monologue from the candidate explaining their history of service in the community and how they make a difference at their aquatic facility.
  • Include at least 2 testimonials from representatives of the organizations with which the candidate has had previous volunteer or leadership experience 
  • Include at least 2 testimonials from employees at their aquatic facility (1 of which needs to be a current supervisor)
    • Additional testimonials from those who can speak to the character of the candidate are also encouraged.
  • All video components should be edited into a single video submission that is approximately 8 minutes in duration.
  • Links to the completed videos should be emailed to Jennifer Barber by the December 10, 2021 due date.

Written submissions:

Alternatively, written submissions including written testimonials will be accepted (MS Word or PDF documents).  These should include:

  • A summary of community service/leadership, accomplishments, and the impact the candidate believes they are making at their aquatic facility.
  • At least 4 signed testimonials:
    • 2 from representatives from the organizations where the volunteer or leadership service occurred
    • 1 from a supervisor (current)
    • 1 from a peer at work
  • Additional testimonials from those who can speak to the character of the candidate are also encouraged.
  • Submissions should be packaged into a single document or zip file and emailed (attachment or cloud link) to Jennifer Barber by the December 10, 2021 due date.

The Goold family will review all submissions and make their determination on or before December 20, 2021, and E&A staff will communicate with the winner to assist them in making the arrangements to attend the school.

About Hunter Blackstone Goold:

Hunter grew up in Sacramento, CA and was the only son in a family of five children. With four sisters, Hunter knew that being the funny one kept everyone happy. With his blonde hair and great big smile his charm and whit could win anyone over.  Hunter’s passion for life in the face of personal trials was an inspiration to anyone who met him.

Hunter enjoyed playing sports such as soccer, basketball and football. When he was 13 years old he was hit in the head at a basketball game.  After that accident Hunter frequently suffered from severe seizures that made his teenage years anything but normal. He was unable to get a driver’s license, play sports or attend high school. However, even with all of his restrictions, Hunter continued to be a light in his family, to his friends and the community. He would spend much of his days at home with his mom, working with his dad in the yard or helping neighbors with projects.  His relationship with his sisters stayed strong as he surpassed them all in height and became the “BIG” protective brother. He got his high school diploma in 2009 through a home and hospital program. Hunter continued to challenge himself and anyone he interacted with to live life to its fullest. His passion for each day was an insight into Hunter realizing that each new day was a blessing.

Hunter received his Eagle Scout award after developing and shipping hundreds of “care” packages for military men and women serving in the various wars. Hunter loved the military and wanted to someday serve. He had a large number of friends who were in the military and he was impressed with their love for freedom. Hunter was passionate about making sure that those around him were comfortable and would always include those on the outside of a group. He loved to serve his elders and would frequently, and secretly, leave his house to go mow a lawn, trim bushes or clean a pool of the elderly in the area.

Hunter loved to build things and became quite accomplished at custom fabrication. He was excited about restoring his 1973 Chevy Nova Hatchback. Hunter’s youngest sister is continuing that dream and hopes to one day have the car “just the way Hunter wanted it”.

Hunter Blackstone Goold passed away on June 23rd, 2010 from a drowning accident after he had a seizure.