The YMCA believes that every person should have an opportunity to participate in the Y and pursue their own personal goals regardless of skill or financial level. Because of our service and dedication to our community, we offer membership and program funding. Please feel free to review the department information and the links to the programs where scholarships are available.

Financial Assistance approval is based on a sliding fee scale designed to fit individual financial situations. Available funding is based on personal need, enrollment, and our financial resources.

Membership

The Open Arms financial assistance program offers scholarships towards membership. Scholarships are awarded on the 1st and the 15th of each month. If you submit your application between the 1st and the 14th of the month, your membership will be approved for the 1st of the following month. If you submit your application between the 15th and 31st, your membership will be approved for the 15th of the following month. All applications require written proof of income to determine the appropriate scholarship award every 6 months.  For more information, please contact James Highsmith, Financial Assistance Coordinator, at jhighsmith@annarborymca.org or 734.661.8007.
The application may be found here.

CLASSES & PROGRAMMING

Class scholarship requests are taken between the Friday-Sunday before each session’s online registration begins. You may submit your request by completing an online form found HERE.  The class scholarship submission page will close at 9am on the Monday before registration begins each session.

*This form is used for YMCA classes and programs only. It does not cover YMCA memberships, child care or camps.
2016 Class Scholarship Request Dates:
Spring I Scholarship Registration: 2/12/16 – 2/15/16
Member online registration begins: Wednesday, 2/17/16
Community online registration begins: Wednesday, 2/19/16
Spring I Class Session Dates: 2/29/16 – 4/24/16

Spring II Scholarship Registration: 4/8/16 – 4/11/16
Member online registration begins: Wednesday, 4/13/16
Community online registration begins: Wednesday, 4/15/16
Spring II Class Session Dates: 4/25/16 – 6/12/16

Summer Scholarship Registration: 6/3/16 – 6/6/16
Member online registration begins: Wednesday, 6/8/16
Community online registration begins: Wednesday, 6/10/16
Summer Class Session Dates: 6/27/16 – 8/21/16

Fall I Scholarship Registration: 8/12/16 – 8/15/16
Member online registration begins: Wednesday, 8/17/16
Community online registration begins: Wednesday, 8/19/16
Fall I Class Session Dates: 9/6/16 – 10/23/16

Fall II Scholarship Registration: 10/7/16 – 10/10/15
Member online registration begins: Wednesday, 10/12/16
Community online registration begins: Wednesday, 10/14/16
Fall II Class Session Dates: 10/24/16 – 12/18/16

For more information, please contact James Highsmith, Financial Assistance Coordinator, at jhighsmith@annarborymca.org or 734661.8007.

Youth Sports Leagues

Applications for financial assistance for youth sports leagues are due by the Friday of Early Bird Registration, which is typically one (1) week before the league begins.

Applications for financial assistance for the fall Youth Basketball League are due Sunday, October 18. Scholarship application is hereFor more information, please contact James Highsmith, Financial Assistance Coordinator, at jhighsmith@annarborymca.org or 734.661.8007.

Ypsilanti After School Sports Programs

Information on financial assistance for Ypsilanti afterschool programs can be found in the registration flyer available at your child’s school office. For more information, please contact Colette Hemker, Youth Community Program Director at chemker@annarborymca.org or 734.661.8031.

Youth in Government

Scholarships available on an individual basis. For more information, please contact James Highsmith, Financial Assistance Coordinator, at jhighsmith@annarborymca.org or 734661.8007.

Teen After School Program

Limited scholarships are available beginning in September. Scholarships are distributed during the school year as available. For more information, please contact James Highsmith, Financial Assistance Coordinator, at jhighsmith@annarborymca.org or 734661.8007.

Child Care

Families are encouraged to apply for financial assistance
after your child has been guaranteed a space in the program.  For more information, please contact Sarah Kim, Child Care Director at skim@annarborymca.org or 734.661.8058.

Camp AGQ

Camp Al-Gon-Quian is the Ann Arbor YMCA’s residential summer camp located on Burt Lake in Northern Michigan. We are excited to offer financial assistance so all campers have the chance to participate in residential camp! There are three important steps in this process.

Reserve a spot. Registration for returning campers and Ann Arbor YMCA members typically begins on December 1. Participants eligible for early registration should call the camp office at (734) 661-8051 on December 1 or after to reserve a spot in the session of their choice. There is no deposit required if you are applying for financial assistance. Open registration begins on January 15 for new campers who are not Ann Arbor YMCA members. New campers should call the camp office on January 15 or after to reserve a spot. We highly recommend that you call and reserve a spot as soon as possible, as AGQ fills up very quickly!

Fill out the camp financial assistance packet. This can be found here: or it can be picked up at the front desk of the YMCA. You can also request that one is mailed to you by calling the camp office at (734) 661-8051. This is due back by March 15 at the latest in order to be eligible for financial aid.
Wait to hear. The camp office will contact you in early April with your scholarship amount. Your final payment (the difference) will be due by June 1. For more information, please contact James Highsmith, Financial Assistance Coordinator, at jhighsmith@annarborymca.org or 734661.8007.

Day Camps

YMCA summer day camps are all about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities and make lasting friendships and memories.

Thank you for your interest in Ann Arbor YMCA Day Camps. We do our very best to ensure every child has an opportunity to attend camp and we look forward to receiving your application for financial assistance. We evaluate scholarship applications and distribute funds based on family income, number of household members and cover letters. Please provide us with as much information as possible so we can make the best decision possible. Due to the large demand for Day Camp scholarships, you may request a maximum of 5 full-day camps, or 10 half-day camps.

If you have any questions regarding the Financial Assistance program, please contact James Highsmith, Open Arms Coordinator, at (734) 661-8007, or the Day Camp Office Registrar at (734) 661-8039.

Here are the steps to apply for a Day Camp Scholarship:

  • Submit the application to the YMCA for the day camp scholarship by Tuesday, March 15th, 2016. The application can be found HERE.  Applications in Spanish (Aplicacíon de beca para los Campamentos de Verano) AQUI or at the front desk of the Ann Arbor YMCA. All applicants need to fill out this application, even if you have received a YMCA scholarship in the past for camps or other departments.
  • Ann Arbor YMCA staff will review the applications the week of March 20th.
  • You will be contacted via email the week by March 28th in reference to the scholarship amount and the number of sessions received. At that point you will need to visit the YMCA and accept the scholarship award, as well as pay a $10 deposit on each session of camp. The remaining balance after scholarships have been accepted is due three weeks prior to the start of camp. Please refer to the day camps brochure for due dates for various day camps.