SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS and AWARDS


U.S. Figure Skating offers a variety of scholarships, grants and awards to help grow the sport of figure skating in many ways. Below you will find a description of each, along with key dates and requirements. Please contact U.S. Figure Skating Headquarters at 719.635.5200 for more information.

Memorial Fund
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

Scholarships

The Memorial Fund was established as a permanent memorial to the members of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team who perished in the crash of their aircraft on Feb 15, 1961. It was established "...to assist 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 and the Academic Scholarship.

The Competitive Skaters Assistance Program (CSAP) awards are intended to subsidize the training expenses incurred by competitive figure skaters in the singles, pairs and ice dancing disciplines. Awards are based on financial need and competitive history.

Criteria
  • Applicant must be a current member of U.S. Figure Skating
  • Applicant must complete the current Memorial Fund Application and submit supporting documents to U.S. Figure Skating. The application and all supporting materials must be fully completed or the applicant will not be considered.
  • Applicant must have:
    • Competed in sectional championships and placed sixth or higher at the novice, junior or senior level;
    • Received a competition bye to the U.S. Championships;
    • Competed in the U.S. Championships and placed sixth or higher at the juvenile or intermediate level (open events do not qualify); or
    • Been a member of the Team A, B, C or Reserve Envelope

    *Note: All results will be drawn from protocols on file at U.S. Figure Skating Headquarters.

  • Applicants must show intent to compete in the applicable season by submitting an qualifying competition entry.

Academic scholarships are intended to assist figure skaters who are pursing a college degree. Awards are based on financial need, academic performance and continuing participation in competitive figure skating or current involvement in activities of U.S. Figure Skating.

Criteria
  • Applicant must be a current member of U.S. Figure Skating
  • Applicant must complete the Memorial Fund Application and send supporting documents to U.S. Figure Skating
  • Specific Requirements
    • Must be competing or have competed in the past at the novice level or higher at the sectional championships or
    • If a synchronized skater, must be competing or have competed in the past at the collegiate or senior level at the synchronized skating sectional championships
  • If a former skater, must be currently participating in volunteer work in skating (i.e. judging, trial judging, officiating, committee member, etc)
  • Must be enrolled and pursuing a degree at one of the following:
    • Accredited four-year college/university
    • Accredited junior college or community college
    • Accredited graduate school
  • Applicant must carry at least six credit hours per semester (undergraduate) or three credit hours (graduate student)
  • Applicant must possess a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or 3.75 or higher on a 5.0 scale
  • Applicants must submit official college or graduate school transcripts from the Registrars' Office with official school seal
  • Award recipients must submit tuition receipts or proof of registration prior to award disbursement

*Note - 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 in the Athletes Funding area or the Memorial Fund page in the Donate area.


The Scholastic Honors Team was established in 1996 as a program designed to recognize high school-age U.S. Figure Skating members who have distinguished themselves both in figure skating and high school academics. This Scholastic Honors Team is funded through the generosity of The Pioneer Fund.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Be an eligible skater and current member of U.S. Figure Skating
  • Be a full-time student entering the junior or senior year of high school in the fall of the current year of the application. Applicant must be enrolled in a fully accredited secondary school, attend classes and carry the minimum number of credit hours necessary to be a full-time student as defined by the student's high school registrar.
  • Maintain at least a 3.4 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) or 93% percent (based on a 100 percent scale) during the last two years
  • Must have competed in a U.S. Figure Skating qualifying competition (regional, sectional and/or U.S. Championships) at the novice, junior or senior level in singles, pairs, dance and/or synchronized at least once during the past two years

Applicant must complete and submit the following by the due date:
  • Official Scholastic Honors Team application. Application may be neatly hand written, but the essay MUST be typed.
  • An official copy of a high school transcript including grades through the last reporting period. Transcript must be mailed; faxes or copies will not be accepted. Transcripts can either be mailed separately or together with the rest of the items requested.
  • SAT/ACT test results to the extent available
  • An explanation from your school as to how grade point averages are computed and weighted, and any information on AP and Honors classes
  • A color head and shoulder photograph, at least 4x6 in size (not returnable). Copies or faxes will not be accepted.
  • An essay on one of the topics listed in the application. The essay should be no more than 500 words and must be typed. Please identify the essay topic you choose to use.

Applicant should NOT submit the following:
  • Videos, DVDs, CDs, cassettes or other tapes or any other media
  • Letters of reference or recommendation
  • Duplicate materials
  • Supplemental materials that exceed ten (10) pages in total; or
  • Any materials or accomplishments after the application deadline. No exceptions!

Applicants should pay special attention to the following:
  • The application cannot be stapled or bound in any way.
  • The completed application form and all supporting documents must be postmarked by the indicated deadline. Send all material to U.S. Figure Skating Headquarters.
  • Failure to meet the entrance criteria and all the appropriate deadlines will result in disqualification of the applicant.
  • All applicants are notified of the results in writing in November. All selections are considered final. All submitted materials become the property of U.S. Figure Skating and will not be returned.
  • Winners are recognized during the Scholastic Honors Team on-ice ceremony at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

For more information, please visit the Scholastic Honors Team page in the Athletes Funding area.


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, and she attended many competitions, events and skating shows all over the world each year.


The Pioneer Fund established a scholarship program to assist eligible current and former amateur and professional ice 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.

The Pioneer Fund is a foundation of the late Helen M. McLoraine. Helen established The Pioneer Fund, a private family foundation, in the 1960s to continue her life-long tradition of supporting the types of projects and organizations to which she had contributed throughout her lifetime and now through her estate.

Information on the program and the scholarship application can be found at http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/pioneerfund and on the Helen McLoraine Figure Skating Scholarship Program page in the Athletes Funding area. Applications are accepted in mid-December of the current year to mid-February of the following year.

**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 skaters benefit from the program, and U.S. Figure Skating publicizes it to its members, directing them to the scholarship site.


The Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund was established in 2008 by Joyce Komperda in honor of her parents, who enrolled her in her first figure skating lessons for health reasons. From that moment on, Joyce became an avid skater and a passionate advocate for the sport. When Joyce's parents passed away, she elected to honor them by investing the monies she inherited to help support the dreams of up-and-coming skaters. This award recognizes outstanding figure skaters at the novice, intermediate or junior level.

Applications are announced prior to June 1 and made available through September of the current year. They are submitted to U.S. Figure Skating Headquarters.

To qualify, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • As of June 1 of the current year, applicant must be skating at the recognized (and tested) level of novice, intermediate or junior
  • The individual merits of the skater
  • Applicant must be under the age of 18
  • Young athlete showing exceptional potential
  • Young athlete who is competing well at his or her level

For more information, please visit the Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund page in the Athletes Funding area.


Grants

The Robert V. Hauff & John F. Dreeland Foundation was established in 2009 with the purpose of providing grants to eligible member clubs and Basic Skills programs throughout the United States to develop community-based programs and events that will attract, involve and inspire new generations of figure skaters.

In 2010, 12 $2,000 grants were allocated to those clubs and programs that most effectively demonstrated how they would use the grant to develop these initiatives.

U.S. Figure Skating's Basic Skills Program is a fun, challenging and rewarding beginning ice skating program. Participation enables beginning skaters of all ages and abilities to learn fundamentals of the sport and begin a lifetime commitment to health and wellness. The program offers 12 exciting skating curricula designed to keep skaters enthusiastic about learning from the time they begin lessons until they reach their goals. Every year, U.S. Figure Skating registers more than 110,000 Basic Skills members in approximately 900 established programs across the country.

To apply for the grants, candidates must email a concise plan to Susi Wehrli, U.S. Figure Skating senior director of membership, at swehrli@usfigureskating.org, containing the following information:
  • Contact information
  • Brief history or mission of member club or Basic Skills program requesting grant
  • Concise statement outlining program/event plan
  • How this grant will benefit the community and U.S. Figure Skating
  • Target audience and anticipated number of participants
  • Marketing strategies and tactics to be used
  • How success will be measured
  • Timeline of program/event

Timeline
  • Applications are due from member clubs no later than April 30
  • Review and selection take place in May
  • Recipients are notified in June
  • Grants are distributed after July 1
  • Monies must be expended during the ensuing competition season
AWARDS

This fund was established in 2008 through the estate of the late Cecilia Colledge. Colledge was a legend of the sport of figure skating. Representing Great Britain, she was World champion in 1937 at the age of 16. By that time, she had already competed twice in the Olympic Winter Games, being the youngest competitor in Lake Placid in 1932 (where she placed 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 Colledge's 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. Cecilia Colledge passed away on April 12, 2008.

This is an annual award given at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships to the skaters who achieve the highest program components score (PCS) in the novice ladies and novice men's event. The PCS in the short program and the free skate are added together to determine the winner.

In addition to the scholarship award, each recipient of The Cecilia Colledge Memorial Fund Award is given a photograph of Cecilia Colledge and a copy of her biography.


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. One award is presented at the U.S. Championships each year.

Award winners are chosen based on the combined total of their short program and free skate program component marks at the U.S. Championships. In ice dancing, the program component marks for the short dance and the free dance are combined. The award rotates among the four disciplines annually using the following pattern: ladies (starting with the 2011 U.S. Championships), men's, ice dancing, pairs.


The Collegiate Championship Award Program assists current, eligible collegiate figure skaters who compete at the U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships.

Emanating from The Pioneer Fund, which has an established endowment of $250,000, 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.