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.

QUALIFICATION FOR ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP

The student-athlete must:

  • Currently have reduced or free lunch letter from SDHC
  • Attend Hillsborough High School, be a high school non-traditional student residing in Hillsborough county
  • Be eligible to participate in SDHC high school athletics
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Must attend 80% of all practices
  • Must attend 90% of all regattas

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. You will be responsible for the registration fee ($35) and US Rowing membership fee. Additionally, a scholarship does not cover HHSRC unisuit or the costs for traveling to and attending out-of-state regattas (food, lodging, transportation, and regatta fees).  

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.  

If at any time you have any questions, please reach out to the board via hhsrowingclub@gmail.com. All information is kept confidential and shredded after the process.

The deadline for applications is August 25th. Applicants will receive email notification of the scholarship decision by August 31st. While an application does not guarantee a scholarship, we ask that families be prepared to make a payment by September 2nd, which is the first payment date for all families regardless of scholarship. It is our goal to work with all families, and our club is working to make this program open and inclusive to everyone.

GO BIG RED!
If you have any questions, please contact any board member by email at hhsrowingclub@gmail.com.  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.