Scholarships for You and Your Family

As society faces many challenges, one thing remains certain: the Y is and always will be dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected, and secure children, adults, families, and communities.

We believe that we have a duty to try to help where help is needed. We believe that with support, resources and guidance, people can improve their own lives and the lives of others. We believe we are part of a global community with global responsibilities.

As a leading nonprofit partner throughout the country, the Y has the track record and on-the ground presence to move communities forward, just as we do here in San Diego County. As a charity, we work every day to address community
needs and ensure that all are welcome and that no one is turned away for an inability to pay.

The Y’s scholarship program, supported in part by our Annual Giving Campaign, uses all of our available resources to provide financial support to those in need because we believe everyone should have the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.

If you need help, we are here for you.

You may pick up an application at the Front Desk or download from our website.

Scholarship FAQ

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

What is a scholarship?
Scholarships offer you and your family the ability to participate as a Y member(s) and /or program participant(s) at reduced rates.

How do I qualify?
Submit the completed scholarship application as well as the requested support documents to the member services staff at your YMCA. To determine the amount of your scholarship, we use a sliding-fee scale based on your total household income and number of dependents. We will review the documents and notify you of your approval within three business days. Your information will be kept confidential. If you have questions or require additional clarification regarding the application process, please contact is at 760 745 7490.

Is it possible to join the Y for free?
We ask that you pay a portion of the fees because we believe a strong sense of ownership and pride is developed through your investment.

How long will I receive the scholarship?
As long as you need it. We review scholarships at the time of your application and every year that you request assistance.

Are scholarships available at every Y branch in San Diego?
Yes, each branch offers scholarships but it is not transferable to another Y.