SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Application Deadline June 1st

San Antonio Figure Skating Club Scholarship Policy

 

The San Antonio Figure Skating Club (“SAFSC” or the “Club”) is organized as a non-profit to encourage all persons to participate in the sport of figure skating.  

 

SAFSC recognizes that some Member skaters deserve recognition and financial reward for achievements and contributions in and to the sport of skating. 

 

Scholarship amounts awarded and distributed by the Club will be based on the availability of Club funds for the applicable Skating Year, the club’s ability to remain financially solvent, as well as the avoidance of negatively impacting other SAFSC programs.  

 

At the beginning of the Skating Year (the Skating Year begins July 1st and ends June 30th) the SAFSC Board of Directors per the SAFSC Bylaws will form a Scholarship Committee to oversee the Scholarship Program, review and publish the Scholarship Policy to Members by September 30th and review Member applications.  No later than September 30th of the Skating Year and based on the Member approved annual budget, the SAFSC Board of Directors will approve the total scholarship funds available for distribution and the amounts attributable to the respective scholarship levels. The Scholarship Budget for the 2021-2022 Skating Year is approved at One Thousand and No/100 Dollars ($1,000.00). The SAFSC Board of Directors in its sole discretion, may determine based on the Club’s financial standing at any time, or at the time of the issuance of scholarship awards for the applicable year, if any, to reduce, increase, not award scholarships for the current Skating Year, or to award additional scholarships for the current Skating Year. The SAFSC Board of Directors will seek the Scholarship Committee’s recommendation for additional scholarships should they be warranted.  In the event that a Member/Family Member of the Scholarship Committee or SAFSC Board of Directors becomes eligible to apply for a scholarship, the Member/Family Member would recuse themselves from all scholarship decisions during the application review and recommendation process. If total scholarships awarded per Member, per applicable Skating Year, exceeds Five Hundred Ninety-Nine and No/100 Dollars ($599.00), the Member will receive a 1099-MISC from SAFSC. 

 

Scholarship applications are due by June 1st of the Skating Year. The Scholarship Committee’s non-partisan judges will review and make recommendations for award to the Board of Directors no later than June 20th.  Scholarship payments, if any, will be made by June 30th for the current Skating Year.  To be eligible for scholarship consideration, Members must meet the following qualifications:

 

  • The applicant Member must have submitted a completed SAFSC Scholarship Application not later than June 1st of the Skating Year in which the scholarship is sought;

 

  • The applicant Member must have been a Full Member of the Club for the entire previous membership year and be in good standing for the current Skating Year in which they are applying for funds (this means the applicant Member must be, at a minimum, in their second year of membership with the Club, and must have timely renewed the Member’s membership with the SAFSC). The applicant Member must maintain the Full Membership status during the entire duration of the applicable Skating Year;

 

  • The applicant Member must have renewed the applicant Member’s membership with the SAFSC as either a Full Member or a Collegiate Member for the following Skating Year, no later than June 20th of the current Skating Year.  For example Skater A submits a scholarship application for the 2021-2022 Skating Year. The application must be submitted to the Club by June 1, 2022. No later than June 20, 2022, Skater A must have renewed Skater A’s membership as a Full Member in SAFSC for the 2022-2023 Skating Year, or if Skater A was a graduating senior in high school, then Skater A must have renewed as either a Full Member or a Collegiate Member of SAFSC for the 2022-2023 Skating Year;

 

  • The applicant Member must be in good standing with both the SAFSC and U.S. Figure Skating;

 

  • The applicant Member must have exhibited Club citizenship, by participating and actively engaging in SAFSC activities, events, competitions and exhibitions throughout the applicable Skating Year;

 

  • The applicant Member must complete a minimum of sixteen (16) volunteer hours on behalf of the Club, directly benefitting the Club and Club programs, during the applicable Skating Year (such as volunteering for Alamo Skate, Test Sessions, writing an article for the newsletter, running or participating in a fundraising event, participation on Junior Board, etc.). Hours served in connection with non-Club rink activities (Learn to Skate, non-Club competitions, etc.) will not be included in the calculation of volunteer hours. Volunteer hours may be completed by family members of the applicant, but any such hours will be capped at eight (8) hours, as the Club requires that the applicant Member to have completed not less than fifty percent (50%) of the required volunteer hours. Applicant Members whose family members are currently serving SAFSC Board of Directors positions are exempt from eight (8) of the sixteen (16) volunteer hours, with the applicant Member being expected to complete the remaining eight (8) hours. The applicant Member must submit a log of volunteer Club hours on their Scholarship application form. During application review, the Scholarship Committee will take into consideration the availability of volunteer opportunities throughout the Skating Year. 

 

  • The applicant Member must agree to allow SAFSC to use their name, photos and other likeness to promote the SAFSC; and

 

  • The applicant Member must have satisfied the Competition Eligibility requirements below for the level at which the applicant Member is applying for a scholarship:

Competition Eligibility Requirements

 

Level 1: $100 (National level non-qualifying events & qualifying Regionals)

  • Adult Championships Open Events (Adult Bronze – Master)

  • Adult Championship Series – Sectionals Non-Qual (Adult 1 – Bronze skaters registered for the Series)

  • Excel National Festival (Excel Series Final and Finalist Camp, Open-Invitation Excel Series Competition)

  • National Showcase 

  • National Solo Dance Final – invite only

  • Regionals*

  • National Qualifying Series Bye (Single Regionals or Dance Sectionals)*

 

Level 2: $200 (Qualifying events for Nationals)

  • Championship Series (If applicable, only 1 competition qualifies)

  • Adult Qualifying Sectionals (Adult Silver – Masters)

  • Sectionals (Singles, Pairs, and Partnered Ice Dance)

 

Level 3: $400 (Nationals)

  • National Championships (Junior & Senior)

  • National Development Team (Juv - Novice)

  • Adult National Championships (Adult Silver – Master championship events)

NOT ALL APPLICANT MEMBERS WHO APPLY FOR A SAFSC SCHOLARSHIP WILL RECEIVE A SAFSC SCHOLARSHIP, EVEN IF THE APPLICANT MEMBER SATISFIED ALL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS. SELECTION FOR SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE MADE BY THE SAFSC SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE, AND IS FURTHER SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH IN THIS SCHOLARSHIP POLICY. THE SAFSC BOARD OF DIRECTORS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO INCORPORATE ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP CATEGORIES DURING THE SKATING YEAR, SO LONG AS THE QUALIFICATIONS ARE ATTAINABLE BETWEEN THE TIME OF THE ISSUANCE AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NEW SCHOLARSHIP AND THE GUIDELINES AND QUALIFICATIONS.

 

All capitalized terms not defined herein shall have the meaning set forth in the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the San Antonio Figure Skating Club.