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Apply for a Youth Scholarship 

The Youth Scholarship Program provides families in need the opportunity to participate in recreation programs, including and most often, swim lessons for children. Funds are raised through the Department’s annual fundraising events, including the Scholarship Golf Tournament & the St. Patrick’s Day 5K, and from individual contributions received from donors throughout the year.

For Santa Rosa families who qualify, Recreation & Parks accepts scholarship applications for swim lessons for youth 18 and under, Camp Yu-Chi and Doyle and golf camps at Bennett Valley Golf Course.

Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for the Scholarship Program families must live within Santa Rosa City limits and/or Santa Rosa City Schools District, and must show proof of receiving at least one of the following:

  1. Social Security Supplemental or Disability Income.
  2. Public assistance through the Sonoma County Human Services Department, i.e., Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Food Stamps.
  3. Free lunch assistance through the local schools.
  4. Public assistance through the City of Santa Rosa Housing Authority.
  5. Medi-Cal or Medicare Benefits Card.

How the program works:
Santa Rosa families may receive up to one (1) scholarship per person - per year, with a maximum of three scholarships per household, while funding is available. 

Complete a Scholarship Application and present it in person at one of the Recreation & Parks facilities listed below. When you present your completed application, you will also need to show Recreation & Parks staff the current documentation from the agency which administers your assistance.

Be prepared to register for the class(es) at the time you turn in the application and be prepared to pay the balance at the time of registration.

For the 2016 season, three programs will offer scholarships while funds are available:

  1. Learn to Swim: Participant receives a $24 scholarship and pays $24 at the time of registration at Finley front desk.
  2. Camp Yu-Chi in Youth Park or Doyle Camp in Doyle Park: Participant receives an $80 scholarship and pays $80 at the time of registration at Finley front desk.
  3. Golf Camp at Bennett Valley Golf Course: Participant receives a $38 scholarship and pays $37 at the time of registration directly to the golf course.

How to Apply:

Learn to Swim Scholarship: English / Spanish
Camp Yu-Chi/Doyle Adventure Camp Scholarship: English / Spanish
Golf Camp Scholarship: English / Spanish

Click on one of the links above, fill out the application and bring it to one of the following locations:

Finley Community Center
Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

Finley Aquatic Center 
Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:00pm

Ridgway Swim Center
Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm

Steele Lane Center
Mon-Fri 8:30am-12:30pm