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Scholarship

DOLPHINS SWIM CLUB of the HUDSON VALLEY

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

 

Philosophy: Dolphins Swim Club of the Hudson Valley (hereafter referred to as "Dolphins") would like to provide an opportunity to all eligible community members that would like to participate in a competitive swim team regardless of financial status.

 

Purpose: Provide scholarships that grant financial assistance in the form of free or reduced fee for individuals and families financially unable to pay the established program fees.  All of the scholarships are awarded based solely on NEED.

 

Full Scholarship Fee Coverage:

  1. Training Group fees waived 
  2. Scholarship does NOT cover team registration fee
    1. Registration fees includes USA Swimming registration, team shirt, and team swim cap
    2. Swimmer can apply for USA Swimming Outreach scholarship for reimbursement of the USA Swimming registration fee of $63  (website: 2018 Year-Round Outreach Athlete Registration Form (Coming Soon)  or search  2018 Year-Round Outreach Athlete Registration Form on Metroswimming.org)
  3. Equipment and swim suit:  family is responsible for purchase of equipment (i.e. googles, training group required equipment such as fins, paddles, etc.) and practice and team swim suits
  4. USA Swim meets: if the recipient of the scholarship would like to participate in USA Swim meets, the required meet fees are the responsibility of the family and will NOT be covered by the Dolphins.
  5. The Dolphins reserves the right to terminate any and all scholarship assistance at any point during the fiscal year due to extreme financial crisis of the team.  The Dolphins will give 30 day notification to the recipient upon removal of scholarship assistance

 

Partial Scholarship Fee Coverage:

  1. Training Group fees coverage of 50% 
  2. Scholarship does NOT cover team registration fee
    1. Registration fees includes USA Swimming registration, team shirt, and team swim cap
    2. Swimmer can apply for USA Swimming Outreach scholarship for reimbursement of the USA Swimming registration fee of $63  (website: 2018 Year-Round Outreach Athlete Registration Form (Coming Soon)  or search  2018 Year-Round Outreach Athlete Registration Form on Metroswimming.org)
  3. Equipment and swim suit:  family is responsible for purchase of equipment (i.e. googles, training group required equipment such as fins, paddles, etc.) and practice and team swim suits
  4. USA Swim meets: if the recipient of the scholarship would like to participate in USA Swim meets, the required meet fees are the responsibility of the family and will NOT be covered by the Dolphins.
  5. The Dolphins reserves the right to terminate any and all scholarship assistance at any point during the fiscal year due to extreme financial crisis of the team.  The Dolphins will give 30 day notification to the recipient upon removal of scholarship assistance

 

Expectations of Recipient and Family:

  1. Provide documentation of financial need.
  2. Accrued charges in swimmer’s account must be paid each month.
  3. Recipient is expected to attend at least minimal practices designated per training group per week.  Notification of illness/injury or other circumstances preventing attendance at practices need to be reported to Head Coach.
  4. Recipient is expected to attend and participate in ESSL meets.
  5. Recipient is expected to participate in all team functions including fundraising.
  6. Recipient’s family is expected to volunteer particularly for meets.  Volunteer jobs will be listed on the Dolphin’s website for each meet.
  7. Recipient must remain in good standing with program.  Violations to Dolphin’s code of conduct and bullying policies (i.e. unsportmanshiplike conduct and/or conduct detrimental to the program) by either recipient and/or family shall be grounds for removal of financial assistance.

 

Eligibility:

  1. Proof of Financial Need
    1. Applicant’s family must qualify for Free or Reduced Price lunches through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). 
      1. Provide letter from school district verifying participation in the Free NSLP Lunch Program for the current/upcoming school year.
      2. 2017-2018 Financial Guidelines Website:  http://www.cn.nysed.gov/common/cn/files/2017incomeguidelines.pdf
    2. For applicants in the Poughkeepsie City School District:  With all students in the Poughkeepsie City School District eligible for the Free lunch program, additional financial information is required for students of this school district.
      1. Provide a copy of latest Federal Income tax return.

 

Application:

  1. Please Contact Pete Nikolski at dolphinshv@gmail for application form
  2. Provide Proof of financial need as stated in the Eligibility section.
  3. Provide a letter of recommendation from an individual not related to the scholarship candidate, such as a coach, teacher, etc.
  4. Provide a short essay of why the candidate should be considered for the scholarship.  Please provide information regarding the candidate’s character and what the opportunity would mean to mean to him/her.  Also include any other extenuating circumstances that may be relevant to the candidate participation on the Dolphins.
  5. All information provided will be reviewed by the Head Coach and Board of Directors and will be kept confidential
  6. Scholarships are awarded for the current swim season only.  An application must be submitted for each new full year season.

 

Table 1:  2017-2018 Annual Income Eligibility Guidelines*

 

 

Family Size

Annual Federal Gross Income for 100% coverage of Training Group Fees

Annual Federal Gross Income for 50% coverage of Training Group

Fees

2

$21,112

$30,044

3

$26,546

$37,777

4

$31,980

$45,510

5

$37,414

$53,243

6

$42,848

$60,976

7

$48,282

$68,709

8

$53,716

$76,442

Each add’l family member, add

$5,434

$7,733

 

                                                                                               

 

* Reference websites:

 
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