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The Austin Simply Fit (ASF) Student Athlete Scholarship Fund was established in honor of late ASF team member Coach DJ Cedent. DJ passed away of sickle cell disease in 2019. He was devoted to the development of all athletes he coached, and we know he would be proud that his legacy offers support to rising student athletes. Meet the 2021 Scholarship awardees here.

The purpose of the Scholarship Fund is to support AISD senior student athletes who have plans to go to college. We are so proud that in its inaugural year, the Scholarship Fund provided $500 scholarships for eight deserving students. In 2022, we increased that number to 10 students.

The Scholarship is funded in large part by ASF’s annual Coach DJ’s Memorial Bench-A-Thon. This community event has in years past raised thousands of dollars to support the Sickle Cell Association of Texas and community members directly. In fact, in its first year, funds raised from the event went directly to help Coach DJ with his medical expenses.


Applications for the 2022 scholarship are now closed. 

This year’s Bench-A-Thon was literal tons of fun and a huge success. Our community of clients, coaches and friends came together, lifted all the weight, and met our goal of raising $5,000! We are thrilled to be able to give scholarships to 10 Austin ISD student athletes.

Adam Rossow of Spectrum News did a wonderful piece on how the event honors Coach DJ. Read and watch the story here.

You can help support this effort by sharing this information with the AISD senior student athletes in your life, by participating in next year’s Bench-A-Thon, or by donating to the Fund directly. Please see our Eventbrite page for more information.

Scholarship Eligibility
Students interested in submitting an application for the ASF Scholarship Fund need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Must be a current student athlete at an AISD high school
  2. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  3. Must graduate in Spring 2022 
  4. Must be enrolling at an accredited college or university in Fall 2022

How to Apply
Student athletes will need to complete our application and submit a 1-page essay by March 31, 2022.

  • About the submission essay:
    Applicants must submit a 1-page essay in response to one of the following prompts:
    • What lessons have you learned from competing as a student athlete? 
    • How has athletics helped you to overcome a struggle in another aspect of your life?

Applications for the 2022 scholarship are now closed. 

For more information on the upcoming Bench-A-Thon fundraiser, or to donate directly to the ASF Student Athlete Scholarship Fund, please see our Eventbrite page.
Meet the 2021 Scholarship awardees here. 

When will the scholarships be awarded?
Austin Simply Fit will announce the scholarship winners by May 6, 2022. We will reach out to the scholarship awardees prior to making an announcement on social media.

Please direct questions about the Austin Simply Fit Student Athlete Scholarship to

Austin Simply Fit is the best gym to train at in Austin!! There is a genuine feeling of community and everyone is made to feel welcome. I train with Brendan Morr and recommend him to anyone looking to get fit, get strong, or just improve overall health.

– Dottie Wagner

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