International Surfing Association Student Scholarship

The ISA Individual Scholarship was established in 2007 and has awarded more than $228,500 in scholarships to further the education and surfing careers of 267 surfers. The ISA promotes its World Championships as the true “Olympics” of surfing.


The ISA will distribute a total of $20,000 to be divided among the recipients. Awards range from $100 to $1,000 per recipient and are determined on a case-by-case basis.


To this day, the ISA continues its activities as the World’s Governing Authority for Surfing, as officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1995 for all waveriding sports, including Surfing, StandUp Paddle, Paddleboard, Longboard, Bodyboard, Kneeboard, Tandem Surfing, Skimboard, Wakesurfing and Bodysurfing.


The ISA governs these sports and works for their development through its 86 Member Nations and the establishment of the sport of surfing in new countries.


By awarding Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper medals to National Team and individual champions, the athletes compete for the honor to represent their countries and national colors, in the true nature of surfing’s aloha spirit and fair play.


The ISA Scholarship Recipients are inspirational individuals, who strive to succeed in both surfing and education.  These “ISA Ambassadors” are selected based on their dedication to represent their Nation as an exceptional student and surfer in their community.


The ISA Ambassadors characterize themselves by providing a positive influence on their peers as a committed youth in both the sport of surfing and school.



ISA Individual Scholarship Program


  • 18 years or under as of the year of application
  • Demonstrating financial need
  • Enrolled in school
  • Outstanding role models to their community
  • Recommended by their National Surfing Federation




  • The ISA will distribute a total of $50,000 USD to be divided amongst all recipients
  • Awards range from $100-$1,000 per recipient and are determined on a case-by-case basis


Please note: Scholarships will be awarded for exact dollar amounts for specific needs, as opposed to years past where fixed amounts were awarded to all recipients



Scholarship funds to be used for

  • Education – tuition, books, uniforms, transportation,etc.
  • Equipment – surfboard, wetsuit, leash, etc.
  • Competition & Training – coaching, travel, contest fees, etc.



How to apply?

You can download the application for the ISA Individual Scholarship Application Form online and submit. Just click this to go to the application page




Contact information of the International Surfing Association

International Surfing Association

5580 La Jolla Blvd. #145

La Jolla, California 92037 USA

Telephone: +1 858-551-8580




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