Colorado Fencing Academy

Scholarships

As part of CFA’s latest initiatives related to community outreach and diversification of its student body, the following programs are established.

Grandparent/Foster Parent/Guardian Scholarship

Purpose Many children are raised by their grandparents, by foster Parents, or other caregivers or guardians who are not their biological parents. The responsibility may include regular day supervision or complete legal guardianship. For many grandparents, especially those who may be preparing for retirement or already retired, raising a second family is a significant financial challenge. Foster parents and other relatives often do not have the additional resources to support their charges non-school extracurricular activities. This financial challenge may prevent students from pursuing athletic endeavors to the fullest extent of their talent, including the athletics offered by CFA.

CFA, on the other hand, welcomes students from all backgrounds and benefits significantly from a diverse student body. Children who are raised by grandparents, foster parents or other non-parent caregivers contribute to a diverse student body CFA expects that providing financial incentives to this group of potential students will meet CFA’s overall goal of racial, ethnic, religious, international, socio-economic and general diversification.

Eligibility Children and youth under the age of 18 are eligible for consideration, so long as the person or persons legally or de facto responsible for them on a day to day basis, are persons who are not their biological parents.

Amounts The amount of each scholarship awarded shall not exceed 100% of the total cost of the monthly membership dues, shall be on a sliding scale, and shall be set by the ScholarshipCommittee, taking into consideration the caregiver’s and child’s total assets, income, and liabilities and other extaordinary factors in the child’s or grandparent’s financial circumstances.

Duration A scholarship shall be awarded for a minimum of one fencing season (from August 1 to July 31 of each year) or the time that the child or youth actively participates in the fencing program, whichever is shorter.

Conditions A scholarship recipient, by accepting the scholarship, agrees to actively participate at least part time in the activities of the Academy, shall participate in competitions as mutually agreed to by the Coach, the student and his or her caregivers, and shall comply with all the rules and procedures of the Academy. In addition, scholarship recipients agree to volunteer their time for the benefit of the Academy by helping out at at least two local competitions per year and by generally and reasonably assisting with Academy volunteer activities.

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