Youth Scholarship Program

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About the Program

The City of North Port's Parks & Recreation Department and the Social Services Division has established a recreation scholarship fund to help North Port youth who do not have the financial means to participate in recreation programs. The scholarship program provides youth age 17 years and under from income eligible families with exposure to positive recreation experiences that promote physical, mental and social well-being.

Tax-deductible donations to the scholarship program are accepted from individuals, businesses and community groups interested in having a direct, life-enhancing impact on a local child or teen.

Who is eligible for a Recreation Scholarship?

Youth residents of the City of North Port are eligible for a recreation scholarship. Youth are defined as being 17 years of age or under. Approval of application is made on an individual basis and subject to the program availability, age and enrollment parameters. Financial eligibility will be based on the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.

Who can apply for a Recreation Scholarship?

A parent or legal guardian is required to complete the application and is responsible for providing accurate information and supporting documentation.

How to apply?

Scholarship applications are accepted throughout the year and are subject to available funds. Information on Parks & Recreation Department programs is published twice yearly in the North Port Playbook. To apply for a scholarship, complete the scholarship application form and submit to the City of North Port Social Services Division located at 6919 Outreach Way, North Port FL 34287, at the corner of Pan American and Outreach Way, or call 941-429-3700 for assistance. Hours of Operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Who will be reviewing my application?

Applications for the Recreation Scholarship program are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. All information is handled confidentially.

How are funds made available for the Recreation Scholarship program?

The recreation scholarship fund is supported through individual, group and business contributions, in accordance with donor’s wishes. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and availability of donated funds. Scholarships are limited to one (1) program per person for both the Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall seasons and two (2) weeks of Summer Day Camp.

What recreation activities can the scholarship be applied to?

City of North Port's Parks and Recreation Department programs in the area of general interest, outdoor recreation, sports, exercise and fitness (consisting of 4 or more classes), and summer camp. Daily fees, individual drop-in classes, open gym, and leagues or activities run by outside organizations are not eligible. Placement in the program of interest is contingent on space availability at the time of registration and subject to available funding.

How do I register for the recreation program once approved?

Upon approval and funding of the scholarship, the Scholarship Committee will notify the Park and Recreation Department and a tentative space will be reserved in the recreation program. The parent or guardian of the Recreation Scholarship recipient must register in person within two (2) weeks of notification at the Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 West Price Blvd., NP. Registrations cannot be processed online or at other locations.

How do I donate?

Donations are accepted from public and private sources for the purposes of providing youth age 17 years and under from income eligible families with access to recreation programs. Donations can also be made online.

Contributions are also accepted in person. Contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 941-429-7275 or stop by the Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 West Price Blvd. or George Mullen Activity Center, 6207 Kramer Way, during regular operating hours to make a tax-deductible donation by cash, check or credit card.

One hundred percent of donations go directly to support scholarships for City of North Port youth. To donate toward a specific program, please indicate at time of donation.