FHA Scholarships 2017-2018
Foothills Hockey Association (FHA) offers scholarship opportunities to our members in good standing with the organization. The intent of our scholarship program is to off-set a member’s registration fees by applying some amount of award toward the registration fees for the upcoming season. The exact number and amount of scholarships awarded in a given year is contingent upon the success of the association’s fundraising efforts and must be approved by the voting members of the FHA Board of Directors. To qualify for a scholarship, each applicant must:
- Be a member in good-standing with the Association, must be currently registered, and must be current on their registration fee payments.
- Have completed at least one full season with FHA and must be categorized as a “returning member”. Families skating with FHA for the first time are not eligible to apply for a scholarship.
- Agree that if they are awarded a scholarship, and leave FHA during the same season, the scholarship must be re-paid to FHA in-full.
- Upon receipt of the scholarship, agree to a provide a minimum number of volunteer service hours to the association as follows:
- Total Scholarship Award of less than $500 – a minimum of 10 Hours of Volunteer Service
- Total Scholarship Award of $500 or more – a minimum of 20 Hours of Volunteer Service
Starting with the 2017-2018 Season, the Scholarship Process has changed from previous years. That process is still in place today. Along with this application, the applicant must provide the following:
- A copy of the child’s last full school year transcript.
- A “Recipient” Letter to be written by the child (Squirt-Aged and above) to explain what Hockey means to him/her, what life lessons it teaches, how he/she will give back their time to the Association, and what it means to be a Foothills Flyer. This Letter should also include descriptions of other community/extracurricular activities or volunteer community services in which the child participates (Eagle Scout, Math Club, Band, Karate, Church Food Banks, etc.)
- The parent is required to complete this financial disclosure and hardship letter. This letter should contain enough financial detail for the Board to truly evaluate the financial need. As well, the letter should indicate other extra-curricular activities in which the child participates that contribute to this financial hardship. If you have received a Scholarship Award in the past, this letter must include details regarding any changes in the financial hardship from the previous Award (loss of job, current/new employment, additional medical challenges, etc.).
- If the recipient is a 2nd Year Pee Wee or older, he/she must be willing to participate in the FHA Mentor Program. This is the recipient’s chance to give back his/her time and talent to others. The Parent Volunteer Requirement is NOT offset by the recipient’s participation in the FHA Mentor Program.
Each scholarship is awarded on the perceived and documented need for financial assistance as determined by the FHA BOD. Families wishing to be considered must complete this application and return it to FHA between the dates of June 15, 2017 and June 30, 2017. Should it be necessary, Applicants will be asked to participate in a Scholarship Application Interview hosted by the Scholarship Committee, comprised from a subset of current FHA Board Members. Notification of such interview will be via phone call and email. These interviews will take place during the month of July, and will take place in person. Details regarding the interview (Parent & Player, Parent only, date and time) will be provided as part of that notification.
Those who have been selected will be notified after the Board of Directors August 2017 meeting, and will receive a credit in the amount of the approved award toward the upcoming season’s registration fees. Information provided on this application is For Official use of the Foothills Hockey Association and will remain confidential.
Please be advised, the scholarship program is intended to assist those in financial need and provide an opportunity for children that WOULD NOT otherwise be able to play. There is NO guarantee that an award will be given to an applicant.
For those that apply and are selected, the Scholarship Award CANNOT be the initial deposit against registration fees. No application will be considered for any registered member with a $0 paid balance. As with all FHA Members, the initial registration fee will be due prior to FHA tryouts beginning in August, with any remaining registration fee (secondary fee assessment once the travel team selection process is completed) due by October 15th, 2017, or no later than December 15th, 2017 with a signed and approved payment plan.
If you are in a financial position to help others with registration fees, we would recommend that you consider donating to the FHA Scholarship Fund, which helps FHA families. All donations are tax-deductible.