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SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS and AWARDS
U.S. Figure Skating offers a variety of scholarships, grants and awards intended to grow the sport of figure skating. You will find a description of each below, along with key dates and requirements. Please contact U.S. Figure Skating Headquarters at email@example.com or 719.635.5200 for more information.
Scholastic Honors Team
Helen M. McLoraine Figure Skating Scholarship Program
Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund
Robert V. Hauff and John F. Dreeland Foundation Fund
Cecilia Colledge Memorial Fund Award
Ron and Gayle Hershberger Award
Collegiate Championship Award Program
Peter Barbara Buch Award
Carol's Fund Award
Established as a permanent memorial to the members of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team, the Memorial Fund assists "... worthy young people who have demonstrated a continuing interest in figure skating and a devotion to the [Memorial Fund] who are in need of financial assistance in order to obtain a college or university education by paying to or for the benefit of such young people..."
The Memorial Fund consists to two programs, the Competitive Skaters Assistance Program (CSAP) and the Academic Scholarship Program (ASP). CSAP awards are intended to subsidize training expenses incurred by competitive figure skaters, while ASP scholarships assist figure skaters pursuing a college degree.
*Synchronized skaters are not eligible for the Competitive Skaters Assistance Program but are eligible to apply for the Academic Scholarship.
For more information, please visit the Memorial Fund page here, for athlete funding or here, for donations.
The Scholastic Honors Team was established in 1996 as a program designed to recognize high school-age members of U.S. Figure Skating who distinguish themselves in figure skating, community service and high school academics.
Among the requirements, applicants must be full-time students entering their junior or senior year of high school, maintain at least a 3.4 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) and have competed in a U.S. Figure Skating qualifying competition (regional, sectional and/or U.S. Championships) at novice - senior levels at least once during the past two years.
Applications include an official Scholastic Honors Team application, an unopened copy of the high school transcript bearing an official seal, a color headshot and an essay on one of the topics listed in the application.
For restrictions and additional requirements and qualification information, please visit the Scholastic Honors Team page, here, under "Athlete Funding". This Scholastic Honors Team is funded through the generosity of The Pioneer Fund.
The Pioneer Fund is a private family foundation, established in the 1960s by the late Helen M. McLoraine. Influenced by her mother's dedication to philanthropy, McLoraine became a generous benefactor to others with a focus on figure skating, higher education assistance and medical research. McLoraine's most cherished pastime was the sport of figure skating.
The Pioneer Fund also supports a scholarship program that assists eligible skaters who dedicated their lives to skating and now wish to pursue a college education. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time undergraduate study at an accredited institution of the student's choice.
A foundation of the late Helen M. McLoraine, The Pioneer Fund was established as a private family foundation in the 1960s. Continuing a life-long tradition of supporting projects and organizations, her estate funds programs once close to Helen's heart. For more information on the program and previous applications, please visit the Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship Program page, here. Applications are accepted December - February.
**U.S. Figure Skating does not administer this scholarship program or hold any influence on the selection process. The scholarship is administered by Scholarship Management Services. U.S. Figure skating members benefit from the program and U.S. Figure Skating publicizes it to its members, directing them to the scholarship site.
Established in honor of her parents, Joyce Komperda created the Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund to recognize and reward outstanding figure skaters at the novice, intermediate or junior level. An avid skater, herself, Joyce is a passionate advocate for the sport and invests in the dreams of up-and-coming skaters. Applications are announced prior to June 1 and made available through September of the current year.
For more information, please visit the Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund page, here, in the Athlete Funding area.
The Community Development Grants were established in 2010 with the purpose of providing funding to eligible member clubs and Basic Skills programs through the United States to develop community-based programs and events that attract, involve and inspire new generations of figure skaters.
Providing grants to Special Olympics and Therapeutic Skating Programs or member clubs wishing to enhance or expand their operations to attract, involve and encourage new generations of skaters, The Elaine Theisen Fund was established in 2012. Applications will be announced prior to May and are made available through August of the current year.
For more information, please visit the Elaine Theisen Fund page, here, or contact Brenda Glidewell at 719.635.5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established through the estate of the late Cecilia Colledge, the Cecilia Colledge Memorial Fund Award is presented to the skaters who achieve the highest program component score (PCS) in the novice ladies and novice men's events at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The PCS in the short program and the free skate are added together to determine the winner.
A legend of the sport of figure skating, Colledge represented Great Britain as the 1937 World champion at the age of 16. By that time, she had competed twice in the Olympic Winter Games and had been the youngest competitor at Lake Placid in 1932 (placing eighth at the age of 11). In 1936 she won the silver medal behind Sonja Henie at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Among the "firsts" credited to Colledge are the first double jump performed by a woman in competition, the one-foot Axel Paulsen jump and the layback and Camel spins. After her competitive career she went on to have a very successful coaching career, joining the staff at the Skating Club of Boston in 1952 and teaching until her retirement in 1977. Colledge was elected to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1980. She passed away on April 12, 2008.
Established in April 2010 and funded by the Ron and Gayle Hershberger Fund, the Ron and Gayle Hershberger Award recognizes and rewards musicality and artistry in a junior competitor at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Presented to one skater each year, awards are chosen based on the combined total of their short program and free skate program component marks at the U.S. Championships. The award rotates among the four disciplines annually using the following pattern: ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing. In ice dancing, the program component marks for the short dance and the free dance are combined.
The Collegiate Championship Award Program assists current, eligible collegiate figure skaters who compete at the U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships.
Originating from The Pioneer Fund, the $10,000 annual Collegiate Championship Award was presented for the first time at the 2010 U.S. Collegiate Championships in Lansing, Mich. The annual $10,000 contribution funds two $5,000 awards: one for the senior ladies champion and one for the senior men's champion at the U.S. Collegiate Championships each year.
A ten year endowment of the Buch Family estate, this award will be given to the 12th placed senior ice dance team at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships each year. Each athlete will receive $1,000.00. The first Peter and Barbara Buch Award was given at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
Established in 2014, the Carol's Fund Award is presented to young competitive skaters in memory of Carol Haugh Swaim. Awardees include the top (4) placed male and female novice skaters competing at sectionals in the current season. Each skater will receive an award of $500.
An avid fan of younger, developing skaters, Carol was in the process of creating a fund before she passed away from breast cancer in 2007. This ten year endowment will honor Carol's passion for figure skating through Carol's Fund, Inc.