U.S. Area

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF ASF?

The ASF program is intended to encourage YMCA oriented students to seek a career with the YMCA by awarding scholarships to deserving and qualified students.  A second program administered in conjunction with the ASF program is the Dollars for Scholars grants, which is to assist in developing the skills and knowledge of YMCA Professionals and Staff members.

WHO BENEFITS FROM ASF?

 1. Students who are Y-oriented and need financial help to continue their studies.

 2. Persons currently employed by the YMCA who need assistance to increase their training and proficiency. (Dollars for Scholars)

 3. YMCA's seeking trained professional staff.

 4. YMCA members who are better served by professionally trained leadership.

 

HOW MANY SCHOLARSHIPS?

ASF Scholarships are paid jointly to the student and the college.  The number and size of these scholarships DEPEND ON club and individual contributions to the fund and the number of qualified applicants.

 

HOW IS THE FUND ADMINISTERED?

A service director and three trustees are appointed by the President of the U.S. Area.  Terms of the latter are for three years and are staggered to ensure continuity.

 

WHAT ARE ASF POLICIES?

Policy statement:  A policy statement defining the purpose, methods, and administration of the ASF is available.  Copies may be obtained from the Area Service Director, Regional Service Directors, and Regional Directors.

Loan Policy:  Scholarships received through the ASF Scholarship Committee are loans, which are forgiven if the student enters YMCA employment after graduation. Grant recipients leaving YMCA service before the end of the prescribed term of employment, will be required to repay all or part of their loan.

The above policy does not apply to grants made to YMCA staff for professional development courses or other training through the Dollars for Scholars program.

 

HOW DOES ASF GET FUNDS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS?

 1. Clubs are urged to promote a fund raising project specifically for ASF, in addition, to making donations from their general fund. 

 2. Regional Conventions sponsor special activities or projects to raise funds.  Fines are always a fun source of income.  Districts may celebrate an ASF Day together with a money-raising activity.

 3. Dollars for Scholars urges individuals to reduce their Christmas card mailings and contribute the money saved to ASF.

 4. Individual Contributions are tax deductible.

 5. Securities, bonds, or other property may be contributed directly to the Fund.  The trustees have full power to administer and use the income from such    gifts.  Designating the ASF in your will would provide the resources to keep on giving and make a difference in the lives of others.

 

HOW TO GIVE TO ASF

Y's Men's clubs and individuals are encouraged to send their checks to their Regional Service Director, who will forward them to the U.S. Area Service Director.  Donations may be sent directly to the U.S. Area Service Director.  To assist in acknowledging all gifts, please be sure to include the name and address of the donor.

 

A BIT OF HISTORY

The Alexander Scholarship Fund started in 1954 as the Paul William Alexander Scholarship Fund, named in honor of the founder of Y's Men International, Judge Paul William Alexander of Toledo, Ohio.  At the International Convention, in Lansing Michigan, money was collected to finance a portrait of Judge Paul, by a famous painter.  However, he felt it a waste, but agreed to sit for a photograph by a renowned photographer, which was not so expensive. The $905.46 left over, after paying for the photograph, was used to start the scholarship program.

Over the years, many students have received grants enabling them to prepare for service to the YMCA.  Each year the U.S. Area Scholarship Review Committee awards several scholarships and grants.  These include both new applicants and renewals, and vary from $500 to $2500 per year.  Some ASF recipients attend Springfield College, while others attend colleges across the country.

 

HOW DOES A COLLEGE STUDENT APPLY FOR AN ASF SCHOLARSHIP?

YMCA oriented college students seeking an undergraduate degree and a YMCA career are encouraged to apply for an Alexander Scholarship Fund.  An ASF application can be printed from this link: Click here for an ASF application. (Acrobat Reader required to download application).  Application deadline for the Fall semester must be postmarked by May 30, and for the Spring semester postmarked by October 30.

NOTE: YMCA oriented college students seeking a career in the YMCA need only apply for ASF.

Click here for an ASF Renewal Request Application

HOW DOES A YMCA PROFESSIONAL APPLY FOR A DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS GRANT?

Those YMCA professionals seeking funds for short courses, seminars, and training should submit a Dollars for Scholars grant application.   Click here for a DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS application. (Acrobat Reader required to download application).  

NOTE:  Dollars for Scholars grants are only available to YMCA professionals and their staff who are in need of funds to attend training related to their YMCA field of work.  The grants are intended to provide added financial assistance so one can attend a class, seminar, or "weekend training" to develop needed skills and knowledge to better serve their YMCA.  It is not for an undergraduate, or post graduate student, or a college coarse.