About the Fund

The Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund (YSF) was established in 1993 to provide financial assistance to young people in Elgin whose families could not afford to register them for recreation programs. It‘s ironic, but often the children of these families are the ones that need the positive benefits of recreation the most.

To learn more, view the YSF brochure.


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.

Check out the video at the left to see how your contributions to the Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund benefit the youth of our community. 

Applying for Youth Scholarship

Families with certain economic restrictions are eligible  to receive financial assistance through the Elgin Parks and Recreation Youth  Scholarship Fund. The intent of the scholarship fund is to offer assistance to  youth wanting to participate in recreational opportunities who may not otherwise  have the means. Scholarship assistance is limited to existing funds on a first  come, first served basis and is available to youth that are residents of the  City of Elgin.

The Youth Scholarship Fund can be used to subsidize the resident fee on any recreation program, (including, but not limited to, youth  basketball, soccer, art classes, dance classes, outdoor pool passes, etc.) for  youth, ages 6 - 17, up to a maximum limit of $100 per year, per youth.  The participant will be required to pay $5 toward each program registered for,  and any program fees above the $100 limit.

For more information call The  Centre of Elgin at 847-931-6123, or visit The Centre's Administration Office,  lower level, located near the Heritage Ballroom entrance.