The John Webb Goodlett Scholarship Foundation (GSF) awards two cash scholarship grants annually in support of assisting student recipients with the expenses of their higher education. These cash grants are awarded to one male and one female student member of a DHARA family in recognition of their outstanding demonstrated contributions to the Association and the larger community.

About the Foundation

In 1961, John Webb Goodlett, a DHARA member and former lifeguard, was sailing around the world on an educational voyage aboard the newly christened brigantine Albatross. In May, the craft hit a heavy squall and was swamped. Goodlett stayed aboard the sinking vessel to cut loose a lifeboat containing several crewmates. Because of his heroic effort, they survived and he did not. That year, the DHARA Board of Directors started an award program in John’s name to honor the young men and women of DHARA who demonstrated unusual leadership, extraordinary citizenship, and sportsmanship. The award program existed for 38 years with 59 young members being recognized for their contributions to the Association.

In October 1999, John’s parents established a memorial Scholarship Foundation Trust Fund to continue and enhance the tradition of recognizing exemplary young men and women members of DHARA. The Foundation Trust Fund is maintained by the DHARA Board of Directors. The President of DHARA administers the fund as Trustee of the Foundation. There have been 41 scholarship cash awards made since the Foundation Trust Fund was established; 19 awards to young men and 20 awards to young women.

Eligibility & nomination

DHARA members are encouraged to nominate exemplary young men and women who have made outstanding demonstrated contributions to the Association and the larger community. The nominee must be a member of a DHARA family who is enrolled as a student in an institution of higher learning for the current year. Self nomination is permitted. Nominees are not required to have participated in DHARA Water Sports programs, or be a past or present employee of DHARA. Children of DHARA Board members are not eligible. To submit a nomination, complete the form below. Nominations must be received by August 31 of the current year. Recipients are presented a scholarship cash award in fall of the current year.


Your generous donation to the GSF will help support the tradition of recognizing the contributions of young men and women members of DHARA. The GSF is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable education foundation. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. Please make your donation payable to the John Webb Goodlett Scholarship Foundation. Please mail your donation via USPS to: DHARA, P.O. Box 5643, Arlington, VA 22205, Attn: GSF