Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund

The Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund (YSF) was established in 1993 to provide financial assistance to young people in Elgin whose families could not afford to register them for recreation programs. It‘s ironic, but often the children of these families are the ones that need the positive benefits of recreation the most. To learn more, view the YSF brochure.

Applying for Youth Scholarship
Families with certain economic restrictions are eligible to receive financial assistance through the Elgin Parks and Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund. The intent of the scholarship fund is to offer assistance to youth wanting to participate in recreational opportunities who may not otherwise have the means. Scholarship assistance is limited to existing funds on a first come, first served basis and is available to youth that are residents of the City of Elgin.

The Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund can be used to subsidize the resident fee on any recreation program, (including, but not limited to, youth basketball, soccer, art classes, dance classes, outdoor pool passes, etc.) for youth 17 years or younger, up to a maximum limit of $100 per year, per youth. The participant will be required to pay $5 toward each program registered for, and any program fees above the $100 limit.

For more information call The Centre of Elgin at 847-931-6123, or visit The Centre’s Administration Office, lower level, located near the Heritage Ballroom entrance. Youth scholarship applications are taken Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at The Centre’s Administration Office*.  Scholarship recipients can register for programs at the Main Courtesy Desk, at The Centre of Elgin, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, when funds are available. The Centre of Elgin is located at 100 Symphony Way. Be prepared to show proof of residency and financial need.

*Dates and times are subject to change.

The youth of today are our community leaders of tomorrow. Your support can help build stronger, more involved, and connected leaders that will shape our community. Please consider investing in our community by giving a child the opportunity to participate in programs that can provide them with lifelong benefits.