Chuck Wilt Youth Scholarship Program

Income guidelines are established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and are revised annually.

Recipients of the Chuck Wilt Youth Scholarship Program can be approved for $105.00 or 3 activities (whichever is met first) per child at a 100% or 50% level per calendar year. If you do not use the full $105.00 by December 31, the balance will go back into the scholarship program. If your child is approved at the 50% level, the scholarship program will pay for 50% of the activities and you will pay the other 50%. Families can apply each calendar year.

In order to apply your you must meet the following criteria:

  • Children under the age of 18 are eligible for a youth scholarship.
  • Families living in Bartholomew County are eligible.
  • Scholarships are available for immediate members of a family or foster children who live with the family throughout the year. Scholarships are not available for friends or relatives visiting or staying for a period of time.  Scholarships for such individuals should be submitted by the parent/guardian for that family, if eligible.
  • Your family must meet income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Scholarship funds can be used for all Parks and Recreation programs, activities and leagues. This does not include season passes to facilities, private instruction, daily admission fees, equipment rentals or tickets to local events.


  • Scholarships will be awarded only as funds are available.
  • The application process may include an interview with parent/guardian and children for whom the assistance in being requested.
  • Approval of the scholarship is subject to verification of the information provided on the application.
  • Requests for scholarships will be authorized or denied by the Youth Scholarship Committee.
  • Applicants will receive notification of approval or denial via phone within 7 business days from the date of the application.
  • Any applicant denied a scholarship has the right to appeal to the Parks and Recreation Board, which reserves the right of final decision.
  • The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to revoke admission to a facility, class or activity for misuse or cause.
  • Scholarship recipients must participate in the program. If scholarship recipients do not participate, future scholarships for the applicant will not be funded.

If you would like to apply, you will need to fill out our scholarship application and return it to Donner Center (739 22nd Street, Columbus, IN 47201) with all of your family’s financial information. See the back of the application for more information on what financial information is required.  Call Donner Center (812-376-2680) if you have questions.

Scholarship Application (PDF)