Chelsea Piers Scholarship Fund
The Chelsea Piers Scholarship Fund ("CPSF") is committed to providing New York City children in need with the opportunity to experience the enormous benefits and enjoyment of participation in athletics. We believe structured sports help children gain self-confidence and self-esteem, develop social skills, learn sportsmanship and teamwork, set and achieve goals, and learn from positive role models. We believe that all children, regardless of their family's financial situation, should be given this opportunity to learn and grow through sports.
The Chelsea Piers Scholarship Fund is a not-for-profit fund established and administered by an independent group of volunteers. The Scholarship Fund is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and all donations are tax deductible in the manner prescribed by law. The Chelsea Piers Scholarship Fund was established in 1996.
All applicants must be at least 3 years of age but no older than 15 years of age to be eligible for scholarship.
Monies raised through the Chelsea Piers Scholarship Fund are used to provide partial and full scholarships to the Chelsea Piers Summer Sports Camp and after-school sports programs offered at Chelsea Piers and throughout New York City (e.g. competitive gymnastics team, instructional classes in golf, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, baseball, youth leagues). CPSF provides approximately 400 scholarships annually to deserving children.
The CPSF Board of Directors identifies deserving scholarship recipients in two ways:
- CPSF has worked with local community-based organizations such as The Fresh Air Fund, Big Brother & Big Sisters, Figure Skating in Harlem, Sanctuary for Families, Harlem Children's Zone, Promise Academy, New Alternatives for Children, P.S. 11, Link Community School, Bellevue Hospital, Room to Grow, PlaySmart, New Heights and Fulton Youth of the Future to select students within their programs to attend 1-2 weeks of summer camp.
- CPSF accepts individual applications from families for camp scholarships and program scholarships throughout the year.
Awards are based on financial need. Each applicant must complete a lengthy application, which includes written statements, financial documentation and school report cards. The CPSF Grant Committee reviews each application and makes all final grant decisions.
All funding for the Chelsea Piers Scholarship Fund is made through voluntary contributions. Chelsea Piers L.P. made a founding grant to the Scholarship Fund in 1996, which enabled thousands of children to learn and grow through sports for the past fifteen years. As part of its 10th Anniversary Celebration, Chelsea Piers L.P. made a $500,000 pledge to the Scholarship Fund. In addition, Chelsea Piers Management provides a 20% discount on all CPSF sponsored programs and provides critical administrative assistance free of charge. Ninety-five percent (95%) of the money raised for the Scholarship Fund goes directly to families in need.
Over the past 22 years, CPSF's presence in the New York Community has grown substantially. A large percentage of our applicants are returning scholarship recipients who are able to benefit and grow from our programs year after year. Additionally, news of our scholarships has traveled by word of mouth to hundreds of new families who are anxious to find affordable sports program for their children. The goal of CPSF is to grant over 300 scholarships annually to deserving kids.