2024 Scholarship Applications Now Open

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January 18, 2024

Two YMCA scholarships are now accepting applications from high school seniors in the area served by the Treasure Valley Family YMCA (Ada and Canyon Counties). Read more about each scholarship here and click the links to download applications.

Current YMCA staff and volunteers or relatives of staff and volunteers may apply in accordance with the eligibility requirements of each scholarship. Participation in YMCA programs is not required. 

Scholarship applications are due by March 15, 2024. Please reach out to us at 208.344.5502 or jane.hardison@ymcatvidaho.org if you have any questions.


YMCA Y-Not Go On Scholarship

The Treasure Valley Family YMCA is excited to announce the YMCA Y-Not Go On Scholarship awarded as part of the organization’s commitment to youth development and social responsibility.  Graduating seniors from any public, private, parochial, or charter high school in the area served by the Treasure Valley Family YMCA (Ada and Canyon Counties) are welcome to apply, but there is a limit of two applicants per school. Any current YMCA staff members who are eligible may apply even if their high school’s limit has been reached. 

Applicants are evaluated based on their academic performance, their demonstration of the YMCA’s core values, and their financial need. With an initial award of up to $10,000 and the possibility of renewal over three subsequent years of post-secondary education, this scholarship is intended to be the difference for a student who otherwise would not be able to access higher education. 

  • The purpose of this scholarship is to allow a student who otherwise would not be able to access higher education to attend school and focus on their studies full-time. 
  • This award is for graduating high school seniors who have a significant financial need, who demonstrate a strong capacity for achieving their academic goals, and who embody the YMCA’s core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
  • Applicants must attend either a public, private, charter or parochial high school in the areas served by the Boise, West Ada, Caldwell, Vallivue, and Nampa School Districts. There is a limit of two applicants per school accepted. The signature of a counselor is required. 
  • Students who work for the YMCA and meet eligibility requirements may apply and will be considered even if their high school has already made its nominations. 
  • Participation in YMCA programs is not required. 

Scholarship applications are due by March 15, 2024. Please reach out to us at 208.344.5502 if you have any questions. The application deadline is March 15, 2024. 


YMCA Civic Engagement Scholarship

The Treasure Valley YMCA is excited to announce that we will be awarding approximately $47,000 in college scholarships this year through the Treasure Valley Family YMCA Scholarship for Civic Engagement. This scholarship is funded by the earnings from an endowment gift that our Y has been entrusted to manage. These funds cannot be used for any other purpose.  

Typically, we select 3-5 students to receive this scholarship, with common gift amounts of $2.5K-$15K.

Click here to see our past YMCA Civic Engagement Scholarship Winners from 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019.

Applications are evaluated based on the student’s dedication and passion for working collaboratively to find solutions for civic issues (homelessness, healthcare, education, environment, etc.) and an interest in pursuing civic work (whether career or volunteer) that will strengthen and improve our communities. 

  • This award is not based on athletic or academic achievement. The amount of the award is based on merit and influenced by need. 
  • The primary criteria for determining the award is the student’s demonstrated commitment to working within our communities to bring about positive change. This commitment can take the form of individual volunteerism, electoral participation, issue advocacy, a combination of these, or engagement in other ways. Volunteering for a single organization or service in order to receive school credit or fulfill a different requirement is generally not enough to win this award.    
  • While all seniors of public, private, charter, or parochial high schools in the areas served by the Boise, West Ada, Caldwell, Vallivue, and Nampa School Districts are eligible, there is a limit of one applicant per school accepted. The signature of a counselor is required.
  • Current YMCA staff and volunteers or relatives of staff and volunteers may apply for this award in accordance with the eligibility requirements. Participation in YMCA programs is not required. 

About the YMCA Civic Engagement Scholarship Endowment Fund

Dottie and Ed Stimpson, longtime community volunteers and philanthropists, endowed the YMCA Civic Engagement Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes seniors of high schools located in the geographic area served by the Treasure Valley Family YMCA: Ada and Canyon Counties. Recipients of the scholarship have made significant contributions to their community through community service and have worked to improve the Treasure Valley through civic engagement and action. They demonstrate a passion for and dedication to working collaboratively to find solutions for civic issues (whether homelessness, healthcare, education, environment, etc.). In addition, they dedicate themselves to pursuing civic work (whether career or volunteer) that will strengthen and improve our communities. The award is also influenced by financial need.