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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. 

The purpose of the Scholarship Fund is to support AISD senior student athletes who have plans to go to college. We are proud that in its first two years, the Scholarship Fund awarded $12,000 in aid to AISD student athletes.  

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. In 2022, Adam Rossow of Spectrum News did a wonderful piece on how the event honors Coach DJ. Read and watch the story here.

Applications for the 2023 scholarship will be accepted from January 1 – 31, 2023.

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 2023 
  4. Must be enrolling at an accredited college or university in Fall 2023

How to Apply
Student athletes will need to complete our application and submit a 1-page essay by January 31, 2023. (A link to the application will be available here by January 1, 2023.)

  • 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 2023 scholarship will be accepted from January 1 – 31, 2023.

The 2023 Bench-A-Thon fundraiser will take place at our Central Studio in March 2023. We will provide full details in the near future.

Meet the 2022 Scholarship awardees here.
Meet the 2021 Scholarship awardees here. 

When will the scholarships be awarded?
Austin Simply Fit will announce the scholarship winners in April 2023. 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

I could not be happier with Nicky Trbovich at Austin Simply Fit. He really listens to what my goals and needs are and keeps it all in mind when devising a plan, a plan that has evolved as I have gotten stronger. In fact, I have to say he has gone above and beyond what any other trainer I’ve ever worked with has done.

– Megan Lenoir

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