NWFC offers scholarships for tuition assistance, generally classes and camps, but may include membership fees. NWFC offers these scholarships in the interest of promoting its nonprofit purposes and objectives, which include, but are not limited to, affordable programs of supervised and qualified instruction with trained coaches in the sport of fencing. The NWFC Scholarship Fund is available to all members regardless of age, race, or gender.

To request a scholarship, members must meet the following requirements:

• Be a current member of NWFC for at least six months;

• Be currently enrolled in classes and attending those classes regularly as well and be committed to NWFC’s programs;

• Member’s account must be in good standing, meaning that members with accounts in arrears (3 months or more) must make arrangements to repay the arrears before applying for a scholarship and must be current with their payments under any repayment plan.

Members must also be prepared to demonstrate:

1. Financial need
2. Participation and volunteering in the activities of NWFC.

A scholarship request form can be downloaded here.

All requests should be directed to the attention of the Scholarship Committee, preferably in a sealed envelope. You may mail or deliver the completed form to the front desk. All questions on the form should be completed and be legible. A determination will be made by the committee within 30 days after receipt of the request. The review by the Scholarship Committee will consist of verifying that the requirements have been met, a financial need exists, the member or his/her family has dedicated to volunteering at NWFC, and consultation with the staff and/or coaches about the general character and dedication of the applicant.

Submission of a request form is in no way a guarantee that a scholarship will be granted. Requests will be held in the strictest confidence.

The fund may cover no more than one-half of the class fees per season and/or an amount to be determined for one camp per calendar year. Please note that the amounts will vary depending on the number of requests received and the availability of funds. Funding for camps is limited to tuition only.

Scholarships are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships are not carried forward from one season to the next. Members must reapply every season, if further assistance is needed.

The committee prepares regular reports of its activities to the president and the board of directors. A report is also given at every annual meeting. Look for additional periodic news from the committee on NWFC’s homepage or in its newsletters.