Captain David J. Allio Scholarship

Community Boating Center
KidSail & TeenSail Sailorships

The Captain David J. Allio Fund was established by the Allio family in memory of son and brother David, who as a boy took to sailing like a duck to water, and relished nautical adventures throughout his life.

David started sailing in a Sunfish on a serene Connecticut lake and spent most of his time on the water in his Cal 28 sloop Dulcinea, piloting to victories in the Duxbury MA Commodore’s Cup and a slew of other races. He embraced the technical challenges of sailing, but found beauty and solace in the open seas. He sailed Dulcinea single-handedly from New England to Puerto Rico, where he settled for three decades. From San Juan, he explored virtually every island in the Caribbean, earned his 25/50/100 Ton Master Captain’s license, and made several successful transatlantic crossings (with occasionally competent mates).

David preferred uncharted waters and set his own points of sail. His professional career was dynamic and multifaceted, ranging from finance and start-ups to branded beverage distribution. Impatient on land, he was generous and endlessly patient on the water, ever-ready to share his knowledge, culinary talents, and salty perspective.

He would have appreciated sponsoring intrepid young sailors who have vim, vigor, and a yearning for the open sea. This scholarship honors his memory, and is awarded annually to two deserving youths in the Center’s Learn to Sail program.

Application Deadlines

The Allio family has established the Captain David J. Allio Scholarship Fund to provide funding to individuals for sailing instruction in Community Boating Center KidSail and TeenSail programs.

This Sailorship has been established to assist youth ages 8 – 17 in achieving a sailing experience. Scholarships will be awarded according to need, with priority given to students determined to reach beyond prior experience. Individual candidates must be a current Youth Member of Community Boating Center in order to participate. The current youth membership fee for Sailorship candidates is $25 and may be prorated at the discretion of Community Boating Center.

Application Deadlines

Applications may be submitted at any time. We suggest that applications be submitted at least two (2) months prior to the sailing experience. Priority will be given to requests that further the mission and goals of Community Boating Center or are consistent with CBC’s stated mission.


Captain David J. Allio Scholarship Fund Sailorships are awarded to individuals who are genuinely interested in experiencing small boat sailing. Applicants must show a demonstrated need for financial assistance. Also, applicants must describe, in writing, what they feel they will achieve by participating in the experience. Guidelines for submitting this information are included in the application form.


Applicants must be between 8 and 17 years of age. The sailing experience should be for one, two-week summer session at Community Boating Center in either the KidSail or TeenSail program.

Applications must be filled out completely. An incomplete application will not be considered for funding. It is strongly suggested that the applicant contact the Community Boating Center office for guidance in completion and submission of the application, however, it will still be the responsibility of the individual to complete his or her portion of the grant application and to demonstrate need.

Captain David J. Allio Scholarship Fund Sailorship program offers equal opportunity to students ages 8 – 17 and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, creed, or religious affiliation.

How to Apply

Each applicant must first select a Community Boating Center instructional program to participate in. Applicants must complete the Community Boating Center Sailorship application. (online preferred) and submit a copy to Community Boating Center.

Applicants may also use a computer to download an application form from the Community Boating Center website at Downloaded print applications should be typewritten or legibly printed. Sailorship applications must be completed in full, include the required signatures, and arrive via first class mail. We suggest submitting your application at least two (2) months prior to your sailing experience.

It is important for the applicant to establish a good, working contact with our program staff and to be aware of Community Boating Center registration requirements.

Review Process

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed by the Community Boating Center Scholarship Committee, which will make award recommendations quarterly to CBC’s Director. Applications received after the quarterly review will be considered in the next review cycle. All decisions of the Committee or Director are final. The individual making the application will be notified of the decision of the Committee or Director as soon as possible.

Approval Process

Upon approval, the applicant will be notified of the amount of the award. The applicant must remit his or her portion of the membership fee in a timely fashion as requested by Community Boating Center. Community Boating Center will cover the balance of the cost of participation. Further participation will only be possible once the applicant provides proof of participation and the student evaluation form has been completed and received by Community Boating Center.


Individuals are encouraged to submit a letter of appreciation for participation in the program.