Bainbridge Island Rowing
BIR - We're in this boat together - Oar of Progress
Bainbridge Rowing Boats Mountains

BIR For All – Rowing Scholarships

Since the beginnings of Bainbridge Island Rowing, our organization has always aimed to make the positive benefits of rowing accessible to all.

With that in mind, BIR makes available as many scholarships as possible to assist members of our community who have a financial need that would otherwise prevent them from participating in our Juniors or Masters rowing programs. The identity of the scholarship recipients is known only to the BIR Treasurer, and that information is tightly secured at all times.

This page outlines all the details of BIR’s Scholarship programs for rowers of all ages.

Juniors Scholarships

Juniors 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)
  • Mandatory USRowing competitive membership fees (estimated at around $35/year).

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

Masters Scholarships

Masters 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.
  • The completion of the Stan Pocock Legacy Rowing Center will generate additional income which will, in turn, boost the number of scholarships that can be funded annually.
  • Those recommended by Helpline House for 75% scholarships will be filled first. If additional scholarship funds are available, then those needing 50% scholarships will be awarded, followed next by those needing 25% scholarships.
  • To apply for a BIR rowing scholarship, applicants must make an appointment to meet with a Helpline House representative:
  • Please note that Helpline House needs to qualify each scholarship candidate one time in each calendar year.

Contact Helpline House