Support our Youth Scholarship Program

Recipients of the Chuck Wilt Youth Scholarship Program received more than just a chance to participate in their favorite activity… For many of these young people, this allowed them to indulge in their passion for a sport or program they may not have otherwise been able to experience!

The demand continues to rise as more and more children need financial assistance to participate in what many of us may take for granted but for some can mean changing the course of a child’s life. Between 2002 and 2011, the total dollar amount of scholarships given through the Scholarship Program has gone from close to $6,000.00 to over $15,000.00 per year.

So far this year, 229 children have received full or partial scholarships from the Chuck Wilt Scholarship Program. These scholarship awards impacted 108 families who otherwise would not have the means to allow their child(ren) to pursue their passion. There were 385 activities made available to these children which included: gymnastics lessons, hockey and ice skating lessons, swimming lessons, soccer, baseball, day camps, sports camps and more. As put best by one of our long time members of The Park Foundation, “I was fortunate to have parents who supported me in the athletics I chose to be involved in, and I don’t want to ever tell a child no!” stated John Elwood.

With a $200.00 donation to the Columbus Park Foundation’s Chuck Wilt Youth Scholarship Program, you can allow a child to pursue their passion.

What greater gift is there? The Columbus Park Foundation’s goal is to build the Scholarship Fund to a minimum of $300,000.00 so that scholarship dollars continue to grow and be available for young children. If a child’s participation in the great programs and athletics offered by Columbus Parks and Recreation is your passion, please consider the gift of a “Scholarship” today and change a child’s life with programs and athletics that build character and confidence!