Please note that we are making revisions to the financial aid and scholarship policy for 2013. The new policy and application will be posted here in January. Please postpone application for financial aid until the new form is available.
DiscNW Youth Team Scholarship Policy
Full and partial scholarships are available for teams participating in all DiscNW youth leagues and tournaments. Any person—coach, parent/guardian, relative, friend, teacher, or other—may apply for a scholarship on behalf of a team.
If you are looking for information on individual scholarships, please click here.
Application for Scholarships
Northwest Ultimate Association
PO Box 85112
Seattle, WA 98145-1112
The event coordinator(s), DiscNW staff, and (occasionally) members of the Youth Strategic Committee make up the Scholarship Committee. Decisions made by the Scholarship Committee include the following:
- Whether or not a scholarship will be awarded,
- The amount of that award, and
- The expectations for the team receiving the award.
The information on the scholarship application will be viewed only by the Scholarship Committee, and that committee’s members will not share the information with any other parties without the express permission of the applicant. The Scholarship Committee will notify applicants of their award decision within one week of the date that the scholarship application was received.
Primary Scholarship Criteria
Unfortunately, the Scholarship Committee is not always able to award scholarships to all teams who apply. The amount of scholarship money available varies depending on the specific event. Financial need and time of application are the two primary factors considered in the scholarship decision-making process.
Financial need. Financial need is the most important factor affecting the strength of a scholarship application. Applications that do not demonstrate financial need are typically not considered. The Scholarship Committee considers the following indicators of financial need:
1. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price meals at the applicant’s school. For public schools in Washington State, this information can be found on the Washington State Report Card of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s website.
2. The applicant’s personal statement explaining the financial hardship.
Time of application. Unless otherwise stated on the event webpage, scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Secondary Scholarship Criteria
In the event that the Scholarship Committee deems that a team’s financial need alone is not great enough to merit a scholarship, the following factors will also be considered along with financial need:
Service to the sport. A demonstrated history of volunteering, or an agreement to volunteer for an upcoming event, both contribute positively to the strength of a scholarship application.
Team spirit. This includes factors such as registering on time, cooperating with and demonstrating respect for opponents and DiscNW staff/volunteers, showing up for all events for which it is registered, and representing the sport of ultimate in a positive light—on and off the field.
Team experience. The applications of novice teams are favorably considered in the scholarship process.
Distance traveled. Greater distances contribute positively to the strength of a scholarship application.