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Scholarships

The 2020 scholarship application is now available for completion via paper form or online submission.

2020 Scholarship funds can be used for all programs and passes offered by the Park District of Oak Park. (i.e. camps, classes, pool passes, trips, preschool, fitness, etc...). Funds are not eligible for equipment purchases or rental fees. Available funds for these programs are $300 maximum per person and can be used anytime during the calendar year toward qualifying registrations. 

NEW for 2020, the Park District of Oak Park is offering a separate tiered discount for specific childcare programs to Oak Park residents wih dependent children entering kindergarten through age 14. This is separate from the Scholarship program but you may choose to apply one, the other, or both. Learn more

2020 Eligibility

Eligible individuals and families must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Must be a resident of Oak Park of any age.
  2. Income must be within one of three defined income tiers as defined on the application. (tiers 1 and 2 coincide with the free and reduced lunch program with District 97 schools).  See application for details
  3. Activity attendance, pass usage, and conduct will be a consideration annually when granting funds to repeat families.
  4. Applicants must be able to provide proof of residency, income, and proof of dependents as defined on the application.

2020 Funding Guidelines

Depending on your household size and income, qualifying households may get 75%, 55%, or 35% of fees covered toward registration fees up to $300 maximum per person with no maximum per household.

Applications

Applications for the 2020 calendar year are now being accepted. Due to COVID, applicants are encouraged to complete and submit your application ONLINE. You can also mail it to: Customer Service, Park District of Oak Park, 218 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL 60302. Approved funding for the 2020 Scholarship year will begin in early January 2020.

Oak Park River Forest Foundation Youth Engagement Scholarship (YES) Program

The Park District of Oak Park has received additional scholarship funds from the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation through the YES (Youth Engagement Scholarship) program for youth ages 5 to 16 years old attending summer camp. To apply for these funds, please visit Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex, 415 Lake Street, or the Gymnastics and Recreation Center, (21 Lake Street) to complete an application. Applicants must provide a free or reduced lunch letter or most recent tax returns.  It will take up to two weeks to receive notice of scholarship award once an application has been submitted.  Approved applicants can be awarded up to $300 in additional scholarship funds.

Questions

Our customer service department is available to answer your scholarship questions as well as any registration questions. They can be reached at (708) 725-2000 during open business hours. You may also email info@pdop.org with any questions you may have regarding the program.

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