U.S. Figure Skating Launches 2016 Scholarship and Grant Application Period

(6/2/16) - Seven U.S. Figure Skating financial aid programs, available to skaters from the pre-preliminary to senior levels and member clubs, launched June 1, 2016. Information and applications for all U.S. Figure Skating financial aid programs are available here, unless noted. Please note that each application’s criteria and deadline is 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 dance. Selection for CSAP support is based on skating level, competitive results and financial need. All materials due 4:30 p.m. MT on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

*The Academic Scholarship Program (ASP) is designed to assist current and former skaters pursuing higher education. Open to singles, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skaters, ASP funds are intended to defray costs such as tuition, room and board, fees and books. Skaters who have competed at the sectional championships in singles, pairs or ice dance, or who have competed at a synchronized sectional championships at the collegiate or senior level are eligible to apply. Selection is based on academic achievement and financial need. All materials due 4:30 p.m. MT on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

*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 due 4:30 p.m. MT on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

*The Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund provides financial support to skaters who demonstrate a dedication to figure skating and financial need. Singles, pairs and ice dance athletes at the intermediate, novice and junior levels are eligible to apply. A total of three awards will be given annually. All materials postmarked by Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.

*The Scholastic Honors Team recognizes high school student-athletes 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 dance 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, a team jacket and a donation in their name to their selected charity. Scholastic Honors Team members are also recognized each year at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and in U.S. Figure Skating publications. All materials postmarked by Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

*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. All materials due Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.

*The Buch Family Academic Scholarship Award (Fredric Buch Living Trust), established in 2013 in honor of Ilse, Fredric and Peter Buch, is intended to provide academic assistance to eligible novice-, junior- or senior-level skaters in singles, pairs or ice dance. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at a fully-accredited secondary school, demonstrate financial need and have competed in a U.S. Figure Skating qualifying competition in the past two competitive seasons or equivalent. Five awards will be given annually. Application available here. All materials must be received by Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.