Youth Scholarship Fund

About the Fund

The Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 to provide financial assistance to young people in Elgin whose families could not afford to register them for recreational programs. The intent of the scholarship fund is to subsidize the resident fee on most our recreation programs and punch passes. Scholarships are limited to existing funds on a first come, first served basis and are only available to youth 6 to 17 years of age that are residents of the City of Elgin.


Applying for Recreation Youth Scholarship

Parents/Legal Guardians and Youth, 5 to 17 years of age, must live within the corporate city limits of the City of Elgin, IL and in the same household.  Families requesting to receive financial assistance through the Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund must be prepared to provide Proof of Residency (Valid Illinois Driver’s License or Illinois State ID) and Proof of Financial Need (School District Free Meal Letter or Current Year Tax Return).

In 2021, scholarships are limited to existing funds on a first come, first served basis with a maximum of $125 per qualified youth and expire on December 30, 2021.  All fees above $125 are the participant’s responsibility. Applications are accepted upon availability of funds and updates are posted on this page.

Currently, funds are available.

To qualify, click on the application link below, complete all required information, upload required proof of residency and proof of financial need, sign and submit your application.  For more information, contact Victor Saldana at or 847-931-6123.



The youth of today are our community leaders of tomorrow. Your support can help build stronger, more involved, and connected leaders that will shape our community. Please consider investing in our community by giving a child the opportunity to participate in programs that can provide them with lifelong benefits.