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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 and the St. Patrick’s Day 5K, and from individual contributions received from donors throughout the year.

Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks has scholarships available for youth fall swim lessons which kick off the week of 9/6 at Finley Aquatic Center. Families who qualify can apply at one the recreation facilities listed below. Scholarships are available for youth ages 18 and under. The scholarship will cover the cost of a full two-week swim lesson session ($24 value).  Santa Rosa families may receive up to one scholarship per person for the fall season, with a maximum of three scholarships per household, while funding is available.

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: 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 swim lessons at the time you turn in the application. Swim lesson schedules may be found here.

Scholarship Application:
English / Spanish

Bring completed application and proof of qualification 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