The Professional Lifeguard Foundation was founded in 1996, and is composed of donors/members, most of whom are still lifeguards, who are dedicated to providing scholarship awards to Los Angeles County Ocean Lifeguards. Since its inception, this non-profit organization has provided over $35,000 in unrestricted scholarship money. All Los Angeles County Ocean Lifeguards who are full-time or graduate students are eligible for consideration. Awards are based on the merits and achievements of each applicant.