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Caris Sports Foundation provides financial aid scholarships to student-athletes so they can participate in organized recreational and competitive sports. Scholarships are distributed directly to the specific organizations that successful applicants wish to join.

To be considered for a scholarship, an applicant must

  • Be a full-time student (grade K-12)
  • Demonstrate a financial need
  • Be an Arizona resident
  • Choose to participate with an Arizona organization approved by Caris Sports Foundation
  • Provide documentation from the club/organization/camp of funds needed to participate

Caris Sports Foundation awards two types of scholarships:

The competitive scholarship focuses on participation in club-level sports that are based on athletic ability and talent. It is intended for student-athletes who want to join teams that compete at a high level and require tryouts, participate in weekend tournaments, and potentially involve travel.

The recreational scholarship emphasizes participation in sports that are not based on the ability or talent. The primary purpose of the recreational scholarship is to give student-athletes an opportunity to take part in a sport they love.

What You Need To Know:

  • Applicants for either scholarship must complete and submit one of the application forms. The Caris Sports Foundation Scholarship Committee will review applications monthly.
  • Scholarship awards are based on demonstrated need, available funding, and the applicant’s eligibility to join the organization of his or her choice.
  • Scholarships are not guaranteed and applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Scholarship decisions may take up to 60 days depending on registration timelines, application submission date, and the number of applications received.
  • Scholarships are granted for one season. Scholarship recipients who want a scholarship for an additional season will be required to reapply. Applicants who have received a scholarship are not guaranteed an additional scholarship.
  • All awards are paid directly to the applicant’s sports club/organization/camp on behalf of the applicant. Prior to funds being distributed, the sports organization must confirm the applicant’s good standing and eligibility with the organization. In addition, the selected organization must be in good standing with Caris Sports Foundation.
  • All decisions regarding scholarship awards are strictly within the purview of the Caris Sports Foundation Scholarship Committee and are final.
  • When filling out the applications, be prepared to provide documentation, including financial and personal details, to support your responses. All information provided to Caris Sports Foundation will be held in confidence. Read our confidentiality/privacy statement here.

Scholarship Application and Award Timeline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Application cutoff dates for consideration of an award are noted below. Applications may be resubmitted with new organization registration dates if an award was not granted during a previous award cycle.

Special circumstances may be considered if outside of the cited timelines by providing additional information to support the submitted application with such circumstance to info@carissportsfoundation.org.

WINTER AWARD

January 31 – Application Deadline
2nd Week of February – Scholarship decisions made
3rd Week of February – Email notification sent to award recipients
Last Week of February – Scholarship awards sent to organizations

SPRING AWARD

April 30 – Application Submitted
– Scholarship decisions made on a case-by-case basis
– Email notification sent to award recipients
– Scholarship awards sent to organizations

SUMMER AWARD

August 31 – Application Deadline
2nd Week of September – Scholarship decisions made
3rd Week of September – Email notification sent to award recipients
Last Week of September – Scholarship awards sent to organizations

FALL AWARD

September 30 – Application Deadline
2nd Week of October – Scholarship decisions made
3rd Week of October – Email notification sent to award recipients
Last Week of October – Scholarship awards sent to organizations