introduction to the Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Associations Grand Prix
Scholarship Program is intended to apprise you of some of the details of this
exciting youth scholarship program which is available to all ISBPA member
HOW of the
ISBPA Grand Prix Scholarship Fund
Every youth in the state of Illinois can earn ISBPA Grand
Prix Scholarship Dollars by bowling in an ISBPA member establishment. This
scholarship program rewards participation unlike most that tend to reward size,
speed or skill. Since every youth bowler in Illinois is eligible to enroll and
participate in this Grand Prix Scholarship Program.... it's truly a program
where EVERYONE IS A WINNER. The YOUTH. the PARENTS. and the PROPRIETORS!
This scholarship program is an exclusive activity
conducted in ISBPA member bowling centers and is open to all youth bowlers that
have not graduated from high school. Pre-school youths are considered eligible
to participate. Enrolled youth bowlers accumulate point's in their local bowling
center, local and state programs such as league bowling and other related
bowling activities. Each year the points are converted into Grand Prix
Scholarship Dollars and are credited under the youth bowler's name until they
graduate from high school. The more bowling activities a youth participated in
each year, the more points (Scholarship Dollars) will be earned and credited to
the individual youth's account.
In order to get started in the program, a youth bowler
must apply for registration in the program at a participating ISBPA member
center. The annual registration fee is $3.00 per youth. To remain eligible, the
youth bowler must remain in a local youth bowling program each year until they
graduate from high school. When a youth bowler graduates from high school and
enrolls in some kind of advanced education beyond the high school level such as
a college, university, trade school, or a recognized institution of specialized
training, the accumulated scholarship dollars are paid to the educational
institution on behalf of the youth bowler. Enrollment must be within 18 months
after graduation from high school.
Year in and year out bowling has the largest number of
participants of any organized sport. Most athletic scholarships are awarded on
the basis of performance, size and special skills. The Grand Prix Scholarship
Program concept is based on participation. Bowling is a sport that is lifetime
in nature and can be played year-round by boys, girls, men and women of all ages
and physical attributes. In addition, the Grand Prix Scholarship Program is
designed to keep youth bowlers in a bowling program throughout high school and
beyond. It is a program that will provide community awareness and elevate the
image of bowling among educators, parents and the general public.
In order to develop and maintain this as the largest
scholarship fund in any sport, it will take the combined effort of every ISBPA
proprietor on the local and state level. Statewide fund raising programs will be
developed and conducted to fund the program. Corporate sponsors will be
solicited to enhance the fund raising efforts. 100% of all funds raised will be
returned to all registered youth bowlers in the form of Scholarship Dollars.
EVERYONE IS A WINNER!
We hope that this brief
outline of the ISBPA Grand Prix Scholarship Program is enough to what your
appetite and get you excited about the opportunities that it will provide in the
development and retention of youth bowling.