U.S. Figure Skating Launches 2014 Scholarship and Grant Application Period
(6/7/13) - Six U.S. Figure Skating financial aid programs, available to skaters from pre-preliminary to senior levels, and member clubs, launched June 1, 2013. This season, U.S. Figure Skating added a new grant program for clubs that aims to increase opportunities for Special Olympics and Therapeutic Skating participants of all ages.
Information and applications for all U.S. Figure Skating financial aid programs are available here, unless noted. Each application's criteria, required materials and deadline are different.
The Competitive Skaters Assistance Program (CSAP) is open to current skaters who placed sixth or higher at a U.S. Figure Skating Championships in singles, pairs or ice dancing. Selection for CSAP support is based on skating level, competitive results and financial need. All materials are due by 4:30 p.m. MT on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013
The Academic Scholarship Program (ASP) is designed to assist current and former skaters pursuing higher education. Open to both figure skaters and synchronized skaters, ASP funds are intended to cover costs such as tuition, room and board, fees and supplies. Skaters who have competed at the sectional championships in singles, pairs or ice dancing or who have competed at the synchronized sectional championships at the collegiate or senior levels are eligible to apply. Selection is based on academic achievement and financial need. All materials are due by 4:30 p.m. MT on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013
Skaters competing at the pre-preliminary, preliminary, pre-juvenile and juvenile levels are eligible to apply for the RISE Youth Essay Contest. Applicants are required to compose an essay of no more than 1,000 words that showcases their ability to connect with figure skating's past and share personal reflections. One winner will be selected in each eligible level. All materials are due by 4:30 p.m. MT on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013
The Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund provides financial support to skaters who demonstrate a love of figure skating and financial need. Singles, pairs and ice dancers at the intermediate, novice or junior level are eligible to apply. In 2013, the Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund announced that it would offer funding to an additional skater, bringing the total to three awards annually. All materials postmarked by Friday, Aug. 30, 2013
The Scholastic Honors Team recognizes high school-age skaters who have excelled in skating, high school academics and community involvement. Skaters must have participated in a U.S. Figure Skating qualifying event in singles, pairs, ice dancing or synchronized skating in the past two seasons and must be entering their junior or senior year of high school. Each year, 10 athletes receive a financial award and a team jacket. A donation is also made in their name to a selected charity. Ten additional athletes are named to a Scholastic Honors Team Honorable Mention annually. All materials postmarked by Friday, Sept. 13, 2013
Founded in 2013 in memory of long-time U.S. Figure Skating member Elaine Theisen, the Elaine Theisen Diamond Ice FSC Fund for Special Olympics and Therapeutic Skating (Elaine Theisen Fund) encourages U.S. Figure Skating member clubs and programs to expand opportunities for Special Olympics and Therapeutic Skating participants. Two grants will be awarded to member clubs that effectively demonstrate plans for expansion or creation of a Special Olympics and/or Therapeutic Skating program. Application available here, all materials must be received by Friday, Aug. 30, 2013