Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program – the Foundation provides tuition for inner city children from the Chicago Public School system who lack the financial ability to attend the Junior Sailing Program at Columbia Yacht Club.  Students are chosen by their teachers and principals based on criteria established by the Foundation and are given the opportunity to learn the sport of competitive sailing, which provides a platform that encourages good sportsmanship and respect, all factors in creating self reliant, confident and successful individuals.  This program is maintained through the Boards annual donations.

Scholarship recipients participate in one to four sessions at the Columbia Yacht Club’s Junior Sailing Program.  The Club’s program offers a variety of courses to students age 5-18.  Everyone begins with at least one week in learn-to-sail camp and all student involved in the program must know how to swim.  The Club’s fleet consists of 420’s, Prams and Optimists and the teaching staff are US Sailing certified coaches.

The Foundation has been fortunate to have several repeating students who have excelled at the sport and have been able to participate in the Club’s traveling race team.

For information on the Club’s Junior Sailing Program, or to sponsor a student through the Foundation, please contact us at

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