Youth “Sailorship” Scholarship Program

Community Boating Center has established youth “Sailorship” scholarship programs to provide funding to individuals for sailing/paddling instruction or to groups committed to providing opportunities that allow the general public to experience the thrill of sailing/paddling in upper Narragansett Bay.

CBC Sailorships have been established to assist youth ages 8 – 17 in achieving a sailing/paddling experience. Scholarships will be awarded according to need, with priority given to students determined to reach beyond prior experience. Students must pay some part of their tuition, but the percentage is not fixed, nor is it a determining factor in the selection process. 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. Groups are asked to contribute $5 per participant per class.

Sailorship Opportunities

NEW – Captain David J. Allio Scholarship Fund (KidSail or TeenSail)
Community Boating Center Sailorship Program (All CBC classes)

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.


Community Boating Center Sailorships are awarded to individuals and organized groups 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 of at least one, two-week session duration. EcoAdventure experiences are available and should be of at least one, one-week session duration. Maximum award to an individual or family is up to four (4), one-week or two-week sessions.


Organized groups may include, but are not limited to school classes, youth groups, scout troops, religious groups, or community organizations. The sailing experience or instructional program should be appropriate to the age of the group and generally lasts for one (1) 1-1/2 hour session, but may be of any duration. Maximum award to a group is up to 50% of program fee. Groups are asked to contribute $5 per participant per experience to encourage individual ownership in the value of our program.

Maximum Awards

Community Boating Center may fund the cost of an experience to a maximum of four (4) summer sessions in the case of an individual, and up to 50% of the program fee in support of a group. Awards may be made in smaller increments based on demonstrated need, availability of funding, number of applicants, and any other criteria that Community Boating Center determines is appropriate.

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.

The Community Boating Center 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/group evaluation form has been completed and received by Community Boating Center.

Work/study stipends, as an alternative to tuition payments, will also be considered for students engaged in seasonal dockhand positions.


Mention of the grant and a descriptive paragraph (supplied by Community Boating Center) must appear in the group or organization’s newsletter and in at least one other publication. Publication is the responsibility of the receiving organization. Copies should be sent to Community Boating Center. Individuals are encouraged to submit a letter of appreciation for participation in the program.