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BIR For All – Rowing Scholarships

Bainbridge Island Rowing is committed to making our programs available to everyone who wishes to participate, regardless of their ability to pay program fees. Scholarships are available to those with financial need. BIR has partnered with Helpline House to establish reasonable scholarship coverage. Scholarship recipient’s identities remain anonymous to coaches and all other program participants. This page outlines all the details of BIR’s Scholarship programs for rowers of all ages.

Youth Scholarships

Youth Scholarships are awarded based upon need and cover from 25% to 75% of the cost of participating in BIR programs, including:

  • BIR annual membership fees
  • BIR Program fees
  • Out-of-town regatta expenses (travel, accommodations, dining etc.)

The following costs are NOT covered by scholarships:

  • Team Uniform costs (estimated at around $150). Typically we can loan gently worn uniforms to scholarship recipients.
  • Mandatory USRowing competitive membership fees (estimated at around $35/year).

For more details and a current full youth rowing fee schedule, please visit the Juniors Program General Information page.

Adult Scholarships

Adult Program Scholarships are awarded based upon need and cover from 25% to 75% of the cost of participating in BIR programs, including:

  • BIR annual membership fees
  • BIR Program fees

The following costs are NOT covered by scholarships:

  • Regatta entry fees
  • Out-of-town regatta expenses (travel, accommodations, dining etc.)
  • Team Uniform costs (estimated at around $150)
  • Mandatory USRowing competitive membership fees (estimated at around $50/year)

For more details and a current full Masters fee schedule, please visit the Masters Program General Information page.

Scholarship Application & Evaluation Process

  • BIR has partnered with Helpline House for the administration of our scholarship application process. This means that Helpline House reviews all requests in confidence and then submit their recommendation for levels of scholarship aid (25%, 50%, or 75%) to the BIR Treasurer. Helpline House does not share any further information with BIR about the reasons behind the recommended level of scholarship assistance.
  • Scholarships are granted based on need, budget, and availability of funds. Although BIR works very hard to raise the money to fund scholarships, we cannot guarantee that scholarships will be available but are proud to have never turned a rower away for this reason.
  • To apply for a BIR rowing scholarship, applicants must make an appointment to meet with a Helpline House representative:
    • Email: helpline@helplinehouse
    • Phone: 206-842-7621
    • Address: 282 Knechtel Way NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • Web: helplinehouse.org
  • Please note that Helpline House needs to qualify each scholarship candidate one time in each calendar year.

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