Scholarship Program

HHS Rowing Club is committed to creating a broadly diverse community by providing need-based scholarships to ensure the experience in crew is affordable for all.

Our scholarship program has two purposes:

  • To provide students with an experience that might not be affordable otherwise;
  • To provide students with a well-balanced community reflecting a diverse mix of socioeconomic backgrounds.

Our scholarship program is funded through our budget and our scholarship fundraising (the generous gifts of parents, local businesses, alumni, and friends). We anticipate scholarships to be awarded on a sliding scale, with the emphasis on an ability to pay.


The student-athlete must:

  • To be considered for the scholarship, the applicant must:
    ● Must prove financial hardship
    ● Be eligible to participate in high school athletics at Hillsborough High School
    ● Must maintain a 3.0 GPA
    ● Must attend 75% of all practices
    ● Must attend 90% of all regattas
    ● Participate in team service and fundraising activities

Scholarships are income-based and HHSRC considers a number of factors that indicate financial need and meet other eligibility criteria. Our aim is to work with families in a low-income bracket who desire for their child(ren) to participate in the sport of rowing yet struggle to bridge the gap between affordability and program costs. We hope to get everyone who wishes to row, seated in a boat!

We encourage anyone to apply. All financial forms are considered confidential. The scholarship committee will determine awards and focus on the applicant’s ability to pay based on eligibility criteria. If you choose to apply for a scholarship, please select “scholarship” as your option when registering.

Scholarships do not include the following:

  • $35 registration fee
  • USRowing membership fee.
  • HHSRC unisuit (uniform) which costs around $150
  • Travel costs associated with regattas, both out of town and out of state
  • Food and lodging not covered by HHSRC at regattas
  • If the scholarship recipient is in a boat that qualifies for Nationals at the end of May, all costs associated with the Nationals regatta are paid by parents and not subsidized by HHSRC. Fundraisers will be scheduled and funds raised will help offset the costs to go to Nationals. 

If a scholarship is awarded and accepted, our treasurer will modify your account to reflect the award, with any remaining balance billed at that time.  All applicants awarded a scholarship are required to fulfill all expectations for fundraising, volunteering, participation, and attendance to maintain full membership in HHSRC. To find out more about fundraising and volunteer requirements, please visit these links: Family Volunteer Requirements, Fundraising Requirements.

If you have any questions at any time, please contact the board at All information is kept confidential and shredded after the process.

The deadline for the 24/25 season applications is August 23th, 2024. Applicants will receive email notification of the scholarship decision by August 31st, 2024. While an application does not guarantee a scholarship, we ask that families be prepared to make a payment by September 6, 2024, which is the first payment date for all families regardless of scholarship. It is our goal to work with all families, and to make this program open and inclusive to everyone.

If you have any questions, please contact any board member by email at  We welcome your input!

HHSRC is a non-profit 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Donations to the Club are tax-deductible under the IRS Code.