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. Through this program, qualifying North Port residents age 17 and under may receive scholarships to participate in two (2) recreation or aquatic programs for the Winter/Spring and the Summer/Fall seasons, and/or two (2) weeks of summer camp. Applications for the Recreation Scholarship program are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. All information is handled confidentially.
To qualify, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
- The child's household must have a yearly gross income that is at or below 150% poverty based on the most recent poverty guidelines published in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- The child's parent or guardian must provide current proof of North Port residency.
- The child must be 17 or younger. Scholarships will be granted on a first-come, first-served bases, as funding is available.
To utilize the scholarship for the Learn to Swim program, the applicant must have swimming abilities lower than the exit skills for the American Red Cross, Learn to Swim, Level 3 program.
To apply, download the application(PDF, 217KB) and submit it in person at the George Mullen Activity Center, the Morgan Family Community Center, or the North Port Aquatic Center. Completed applications can also be sent to Parks@NorthPortFL.gov.
Upon approval and funding of a scholarship, the Parks & Recreation Department will reserve a tentative space for the child in the applicable Recreation Program. The Parks & Recreation Department must notify the applicant of their approved scholarship within two (2) weeks of approval. A child granted a scholarship under the Program must be registered for their funded Recreation Program within two (2) weeks of receiving notice from the Parks & Recreation Department.
If a program is cancelled or the child is unable to participate in the program, granted scholarship funds will be returned to the program balance.
Potentially 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. One hundred percent of donations go directly to support scholarships for City of North Port youth.
For more information or assistance with donations, please call 941-429-7275 or email at Parks@NorthPortFL.gov.
For more information, or assistance with applying, please contact North Port Parks and Recreation at 941-429-PARK(7275) or email Parks@CityOfNorthPort.com.