U.S. Figure Skating will distribute more than $750,000 in the upcoming year to qualified athletes. Below is a listing of scholarships and funding opportunities for U.S. Figure Skating athletes.
Scholarships open June through August
- Memorial Fund
Competitive Skaters Assistance Program
The Competitive Skaters Assistance Program (CSAP) is intended to subsidize the training expenses incurred by competitive figure skaters. Criteria:
- Competed at Sectional Championships and placed sixth or higher in the senior, junior or novice competitions; or
- Received a competition bye to the U.S. Championships; or
- Competed in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and placed sixth or higher at the intermediate or juvenile levels
Academic Scholarship Program
The Academic Scholarship Program (ASP) assists current and former skaters enrolled in an accredited college or university and are still actively involved in the sport of figure skating. Applicants must have completed high school to be eligible. Criteria:
- Figure skaters who are competing or have competed at the sectional championships at the novice level or higher; or
- Synchronized skaters who are competing or have competed at the sectional synchronized skating championships at the senior or collegiate level; or
- Former skaters who are currently participating in volunteer work in skating (e.g. judging, trial judging, officiating, committee member, etc.)
- Must carry at least six credit hours per semester (undergraduate) or three credit hours per semester (graduate student)
- Must possess a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or 3.75 or higher on a 5.0 scale
RISE Youth Essay Contest
The RISE Youth Essay Contest provides an opportunity for younger skaters to connect with figure skating's history and receive financial support. Applicants share their personal reflections on the movie RISE, which celebrates the history of American figure skating and documents the impact that the 1961 World Team had on both the sport and the skaters who came after them. Criteria:
- Figure skaters who are currently competing at the pre-preliminary, preliminary, pre-juvenile, or juvenile level or;
- Synchronized skaters who are currently competing at the preliminary, pre-juvenile, or juvenile level.
- Are currently ineligible to receive Memorial Fund CSAP and/or ASP funding (i.e. eligible applicants have not yet finished sixth or higher at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the intermediate or juvenile levels).
- Buch Family Academic Scholarship
In 2013, The Buch Family Academic Scholarship was established to honor the memories of Ilse, Fredric and Peter Buch. The scholarship, based on athletic and academic achievements and financial need, recognizes active amateur skaters who pursue excellence in both their academic and athletic pursuits. Criteria:
- Be 16 years or older
- Be eligible, active amateur singles, pairs or ice dance skaters and current member of U.S. Figure Skating
- Demonstrate financial need
- Be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student or in his/her senior year of high school intending to attend a higher learning institution within 6 months of graduation
- Be enrolled in a fully-accredited secondary school, attend classes and carry the minimum number of credit hours necessary to be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student
- Maintain at least a 3.4 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) or 93% (based on a 100% scale) during the last two academic years
- Have competed in a U.S. Figure Skating qualifying competition at the novice, junior or senior level during the past two competitive seasons or equivalent
- Recipients will not be coaches, professionals or a member of only a synchronized skating team
- Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund
In September 2009, Joyce Komperda, a longtime friend of U.S. Figure Skating, made a generous gift to establish the Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund. The fund is intended to provide financial assistance for intermediate, novice and junior-level athletes who demonstrate financial need. Criteria:
- Be a singles, pairs or ice dance competitor at the intermediate through junior levels
- Complete the grant application above with his or her parents/guardians
- Scholastic Honors Team
U.S. Figure Skating and the Pioneer Fund have joined to support the U.S. Figure Skating Scholastic Honors Team, designed to recognized high school-age U.S. Figure Skating members who have distinguished themselves in figure skating, high school academics and community involvement. Criteria:
- Be an eligible skater and current member of U.S. Figure Skating
- Be a full-time student entering his or her junior or senior year of high school in the fall
- Be enrolled in a fully-accredited secondary school, attend classes and carry the minimum number of credit hours necessary to be a full-time student.
- Maintain at least a 3.4 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) or 93% (based on a 100% scale) during the last two years
- Must have competed in a U.S. Figure Skating qualifying competition at the novice, junior or senior level during the past two competitive seasons
- Elaine Theisen Fund
The application for this fund will be available in the spring.
The Elaine Theisen Diamond Ice FSC Fund for Special Olympics and Therapeutic Skating (Elaine Theisen Fund) was established in 2012 to provide grants to Special Olympics/Therapeutic Skating programs or to member clubs who wish to enhance or expand their operations to attract, involve and encourage new generations of skaters.
One grant will be awarded annually to an existing Special Olympics/Therapeutic Skating program within a U.S. Figure Skating member club or U.S. Figure Skating member club who wish to develop a new Special Olympics/Therapeutic Skating program.
Scholarships open March through May
- World Team College Scholarship Program
U.S. Figure Skating and the Pioneer Fund partnered to create the U.S. Figure Skating World Team College Scholarship Program. This program will provide academic assistance to eligible current and former Olympic and senior World Figure Skating Championship team members, from 2010 to present, interested in pursuing full- or part-time undergraduate study. Criteria:
- This scholarship opens on March 30 and applications are due by Friday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. MT
- Be an Olympic or senior World Championships team member, from 2010 to present
- Be a full- or part-time student enrolled in undergraduate study at an accredited secondary school
- Demonstrate financial need
Scholarships open December through February
- Scott Hamilton Skaters Education Fund
Established by the Pioneer Fund, this scholarship is meant to provide funding to eligible figure skaters who display competitive success and academic commitment as well as financial need. Criteria:
- Must be an active U.S. Figure Skating member and currently taking undergraduate studies at an accredited university or a high school senior who intends to do so.
- Self-attest that you have competed at least once in a U.S. Figure Skating qualifying competition at the novice or higher level.
- Synchronized skaters are not eligible.
- Scholarship due date is Friday, Feb. 14 at 4:30 p.m. MT