The Saratoga Regional YMCA (SRYMCA) is committed to making sure no one is denied access to membership, services and/or programming due to their inability to pay.
The SRYMCA Annual Campaign proceeds are used exclusively for our scholarship program. In addition, grant writing efforts help to create enough resources to meet the needs of a large number of individuals, children and families in our community.
The number of scholarships awarded each year is based on the pool of resources that are contributed by individuals, families, organizations and businesses. Scholarships can only be granted to the extent that they can be funded. All assistance is available based on demonstrated need without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or physical or mental handicap.
Scholarships are awarded on a sliding fee scale and can be applied to a portion of the cost of a membership or program. Scholarship determinations are based on household gross income and household size. Extenuating circumstances may be considered. For more information, contact Patti Laudicina, School-Age/Scholarship Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-583-9622, ext. 110.
- Anyone living or working within the SRYMCA service area with annual household income plus cash reflected on current bank statements adding to less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level as defined by the US Department of Health and Human Services is eligible.
- Homeless individuals are automatically eligible for scholarships.
- Scholarships are provided in the form of a percentage discount off of the fee for a membership or program.
- The percentage discount provided is based on a sliding scale.
- Applicants may be asked to pay a portion of fees based on where they fall on the scale.
- Scholarships can be granted for one session of a program or for up to 1 year membership. Applicants must re-apply if they need ongoing assistance.
- Scholarships for child care and summer camp are awarded based on the needs of working parents. Child care assistance is limited to 50% of the program cost. SRYMCA assistance is secondary to assistance that can be secured through the Department of Social Services.
- Household income refers to income before deductions. Total household income is income from all members of a household from the following sources: wages, unemployment, workers compensation, veterans benefits, social security income (SSI), disability insurance, public assistance, alimony, foster care benefits and other cash income that would be considered “taxable income” by the federal government.
- Household size refers to the number of individuals who legally reside with the applicant.
- Requests for scholarship will be determined on a case by case basis and the scholarship director is allowed to give awards over and above the sliding scale percentage discount with approval of the CEO or COO.
- Applicants who are denied may appeal the decision by sending a letter to the SRYMCA CFO:
Chief Financial Officer
Saratoga Regional YMCA
290 West Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
The appeal letter should state the case as to why the applicant feels they were unfairly denied financial assistance. All appeals will be reviewed and responded to within 30 days of receipt.
Method of Applying
- Scholarship applications can be downloaded from the SRYMCA website, obtained at any SRYMCA membership desk, or by mail upon request to the SRYMCA scholarship director.
- Applicants must complete the entire application, answering all questions fully and provide proof of income for all household members. Examples of proof would be recent paystubs, copies of filed federal income tax returns, Unemployment, SSI, Disability or Worker Comp benefit statements. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant and will delay an award.
- Applications can be returned by mailing them with required attachments to the Scholarship Director, or dropping it off at any SRYMCA membership desk.
- Applications can take up to 14 days to be evaluated, and applicants are notified in writing of the determination.
- Awards can be activated up to 60 days after receiving notification. A copy of the letter must be presented at the SRYMCA front desk to apply the scholarship to membership or program fees.
- Individuals may be required to pay full price for SRYMCA membership or programs until a scholarship application is processed and the award is activated.