Youth Scholarship Fund

About the Fund

The Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 to provide financial assistance to young people in Elgin whose families could not afford to register them for recreational programs. The intent of the scholarship fund is to subsidize the resident fee on most our recreation programs and punch passes. Scholarships are limited to existing funds on a first come, first served basis and are only available to youth 6 to 17 years of age that are residents of the City of Elgin.

Families requesting to receive financial assistance through the Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund must be prepared to show proof of residency (valid driver's license or State ID) and financial need (District Free Meal Letter or current year tax return).  Parents/Legal Guardians and Youth must live within the corporate city limits of the City of Elgin, IL and in the same household.   In 2021, scholarships will be limited to a maximum of $125 per youth ages 6 to 17 and expire on December 31, 2021.  Scholarships are limited to existing funds on a first come, first served basis and any fees above the $125 are the participant’s responsibility.  Applications will be accepted upon availability of funds and updates will be posted on this page.


Currently we have funds available. Applications for the Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund are submitted online this year. To apply for a scholarship click on the Application link below.  Completely fill out and sign the application, including uploading proof of residency (Valid Driver's License or State ID) and proof of financial need (District Free Meal Letter or Recent Tax return). When finished click Submit.

2021 RYSF Application - Online


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.

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