President Fernando Aguerre established the ISA Scholarship Program in 2007 which has awarded more than USD $368,500 in grants to benefit the lives and surfing careers of more than 350 surfers.
Several recipients of ISA Scholarships have developed into elite, competitive surfers and have gone on to claim medals at senior ISA events. They include Daniela Rosas, (PER), Carlos Muñoz (CRC) and Chelsea Tuach (BAR). Rosas qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by winning the gold medal in the Women’s Shortboard at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.
To see a full list of all past and present ISA Scholarship recipients, click here.
The 2022 ISA Scholarship application process has now opened (until April 30 2022) and young surfers can submit their entries here.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“It is always a special moment when the ISA awards our annual scholarship grants to these amazing young surfers. Our mission is to inspire the youth and help them in their journey of education and surfing adventure.
“These surfers are the future of our sport and they will take it forward to reach new heights. I’m filled with joy that the ISA can provide them with this support and I wish them every success. I am proud that we have been able to contribute to the development of young surfing careers in virtually every part of the world since 2007. There’s not doubt that the ISA Scholarship Program has had an important impact on those from underserved and disadvantaged communities.
“The ISA is fully committed to ensuring equal opportunity for the youth who want to pursue surfing as their dream so these grants help to open pathways and create greater accessibility. Many of these young people have faced hardship at home so it is our duty to offer them every chance to succeed and fulfil their great potential. I hope to see many more scholarship ambassadors reach the pinnacle of the sport, win more gold medals and hopefully one day become Olympic champions.”
Meet the winners
To view profiles on all 41 ISA Scholarship ambassadors for 2022, click here.
Brazil – Sarah Souza Ozorio
Brazil – Letícia Calleia
Chile – Isidora Fernandez
Chile – Matilda Ignacia Fernández Lara
Costa Rica – Madeline Samoa Inneken Solano
Costa Rica – Loany Alvarez Marín
Costa Rica – Eli Sol Hernández León
Ecuador – Tomás Vergara
Ecuador – Juan Arturo Lopez Borbor
El Salvador – Julissa Garcia
Fiji – Kiesha Wakeham
Fiji – Niko Ravouvou Muller
Guatemala – Ashley Yomaira Zaldaña Machic
Guatemala – Maria Elizabeth Franco Castillo
India – Sivaraj Babu
India – Pradeep Pujar
India – Raju Pujar
India – Harish Muthu
Indonesia – Abdul Feri
Indonesia – Alfan Alfan
Indonesia – Gunawan House
Jamaica – Aimi Gordon
Jamaica – Corey Valentine
Jamaica – Shaqueal Grant
Maldives – Zayaan Ismail
Morocco – Rayan Elouedrhiri
Peru – Mariano Robles
Peru – Manuel Robles
Philippines – Vea Estrellado
Senegal – Déguene Thioune
Senegal – Yacine Samba
Senegal – Assane Samb
Senegal – Issa Diouf
Thailand – Natthapon Yamsila
Trinidad and Tobago – Esther Hares
Trinidad and Tobago – Kevon Skinner
Trinidad and Tobago – Theon Cuffy
Venezuela – Arturo Barreto
Venezuela – Leonel Rodriguez
Venezuela – Ayllen Villarroel
Venezuela – Jhony Montiel