Youth Scholarships

Urbana has families from many socioeconomic backgrounds. Now more than ever it is important to reduce financial barriers and help youth from all families to participate in programs and services available from the Urbana Park District.

Keeping all youth engaged with park programs is so important that the Urbana Parks Foundation and Urbana Park District have established increasing youth development resources as one of the three major emphases for their fundraising priorities.

  • Along with tax support, program fees are an important source of revenue supporting the Urbana Park District (UPD) parks, programs and natural areas.
  • For many years a combination of donor contributions and UPD program fee waivers have been used to make it possible for youth from families with limited financial resources to participate in UPD programs.
  • Requests for assistance have always exceeded funds available, but recently requests have spiked even further. Requests were $62,000 in 2013-2014, $125,000 in 2014-2015, and $200,000 in 2016-2017

Donors like you can help more youngsters benefit from Urbana’s parks and park programs. Whether you live in Urbana or a surrounding community, you can make a positive impact on the youth in our community now, and in the future, by donating today.

Consider one of our Youth Scholarship sponsorship opportunities. Donations to this program directly impact Urbana youth that participate in various sports, swim lessons, theatre, day camp, and more.

Learn more about scholarship sponsorship opportunities in this brochure: