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To apply for an Open Doors Scholarship, simply complete the application form, and provide the requested information regarding income and family size to your YMCA so that we can provide scholarships in a fair and consistent manner.

All Open Doors Scholarships will be granted for one year, and all applicants are required to use the facility at a minimum of 18 visits per quarter. The YMCA requests that individuals and families reapply after this time period to keep the information on file updated. If you do not reapply at the time requested or if you fail to meet the required usage minimum, your membership may be subject to termination.

All YMCA members receive the same membership benefits, regardless of whether or not they are receiving a scholarship. YMCA members can feel confident knowing that they are part of an organization that cares greatly for the health and well-being of all people and is committed to building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

Required Documentation

You will need to provide proof of all monthly income received for all persons listed on the application to apply for an Open Doors Scholarship. The following financial documents may apply:

  1. Copy of pay stubs: salary, wages & tips.

  2. Copy of Social Security or Disability checks, or a copy of a bank statement showing the amount of automatic monthly deposit.

  3. Copy of unemployment check, child support or alimony payment, or a copy of a bank statement showing the amount of automatic monthly deposit.

  4. Copy of retirement or pension, or a copy of a bank statement showing the amount of automatic monthly deposit.

  5. Proof of government assistance: Metro Housing, Food Assistance, OWF (Ohio Works First), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), or other forms of assistance.

  6. If none of the above pertain to you, you can also submit the most recent federal taxes (1040) or Schedule C if self-employed. If you do not have a copy of your tax return, you may obtain one by calling the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-1040.

  7. Completed Application.

  8. Open Doors is awarded and approved for 1 year, and then you will need to reapply with the updated required documentation. If you are renewing your Open Doors membership, please include, on a separate sheet of paper, a short essay describing how your Y membership has helped you and (if applicable) your family to grow in mind, spirit, and body.

If you have any questions about documentation, please contact Mansfield Branch-Shelli Jackson at 419.522.3511 ext. 281. Shelby Branch-Stephanie Burkhart at 419-347-1312 ext. 504.  All scholarship applications and personal documents are kept confidential.

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