BASE CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS

2020 SCHOLARSHIP INFO

2020 Scholarship Info

Donate to BASE Camp’s Scholarship Fund

 

Do you participate in D97’s Free or Reduced Lunch program? If so, read about our FULL SCHOLARSHIP opportunities. FULL Scholarships are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register February 5th at Noon.

New this year – PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Are you ineligible for Free or Reduced Lunch, but still struggle to pay for summer enrichment? If so, click here to find out more about our new PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS for camp. Priority consideration for applications is January 17th with applications being accepted on a rolling basis.

FULL Scholarships

To be eligible for a FULL scholarship, children must:

  • Attend an Oak Park District 97 school, AND
  • Qualify for free or reduced lunch

FULL Scholarship Award Information

  • Parents/guardians will be responsible for paying a $10 administrative fee for each one-week/half-day camp, or a maximum of $40 for the equivalent of four half-day camps (or two weeks of full-day camp).
  • Early Drop-Off and Extended Camp scholarships can be added to extend the camp day from 8 am to 6 pm, with parents/guardians responsible for paying $5 toward each add-on session.
  • Free boxed lunches, if requested, are automatically approved with camp scholarship approval at no cost to parents/guardians.
  • Scholarships for each child are limited to two weeks of full-day camp or four weeks of half-day camp, or any equivalent.
  • The REACH Sailing Camp will be considered the equivalent of a full-day, 2-week camp scholarship.
  • The maximum scholarship award per child is $850, which includes camp fees, early drop off, and extended camp. The value of free lunch is NOT counted toward the $850 award.
  • Refunds, less a $10 fee per camper, must be requested by April 1, 2020. Early Drop-Off and Extended Camp refunds can be requested up to 14 days before the start of each camp session. No refunds will be issued after those dates.

Application Process

  • Families should register online when BASE Camp registration opens on or after February 5th, 2020.
  • Create a BASE Camp registration account and add each child.  On the camp selection page, look for the Scholarship Application section at the top of the page.  Click “Add to List” –  this automatically starts your scholarship eligibility review.
  • Select the 4 half-day camps (or equivalent) you would like for your child/children, as well as any add-ons needed (boxed lunch, early drop off or extended camp). NOTE: Some camps may appear as full, but still have scholarship spaces available. Select the waitlist option for a camp if it’s your first choice, and we’ll get back to you regarding scholarship slots for that camp.
  • Complete the rest of the registration forms for each child.
  • Do not pay any amount until you have been notified about the status of your application.  At check-out, choose “Scholarship Application” as the payment option (total due will be $0 while scholarship is reviewed).
  • Your application will be reviewed within 7-10 days and you will receive an email regarding the status of your award and instructions on how to pay to reserve the scholarship camp seats.
  • Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We highly recommend registering on the day registration opens as spots fill quickly.

Payment Information:

  • If approved, the camp prices will be adjusted to the scholarship levels.  The maximum amount due for scholarship families per child is $40 towards camp, plus $20 towards add-on extended day options, if needed.
  • Pay online through the registration system, or via cash or check at the D97 Administration building at 260 Madison Street on weekdays between 8:30-4:30.  Ask for the Oak Park Education Foundation at the front desk.
  • Payment plans are available.  To arrange please contact Amy Struckmeyer, BASE Camp Co-Director, at astruckmeyer@opef.org.
  • Payment (or the first payment plan installment) MUST be made within one week of the scholarship award email to reserve your child’s scholarship and camp seats.  After 7 days, the camp seats will be released and offered to the next child in line for a scholarship.

2020 PARTIAL Scholarship Info

Are you ineligible for Free or Reduced Lunch, but still struggle to pay for summer enrichment? We now offer PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS for camp!

Apply for PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

We’re excited to introduce a new PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM for SUMMER 2020!

To be eligible for a partial scholarship, families must:

  • Attend an Oak Park District 97 school, AND
  • Have an annual income above the reduced lunch qualifying maximum, and within the income range listed on the chart below according to family size.
  • Consideration will also be made for families experiencing a financial hardship (such as that resulting from medical illness or a recent job loss).
Household sizeAnnual income*
2$31,285 – $42,275
3$39,462 – $53,325
4$47,639 – $64,375
5$55,816 – $75,425
6$63,993 – $86,475
7$72,179 – $97,525
8$80,347 – $108,575

*This range begins above the maximum income required to qualify for reduced lunch through Oak Park District 97 and up to 250% of the federal poverty level.

Partial Scholarship Award Information:

  • Families who qualify are eligible for a 50 percent camp scholarship with a maximum award of $310 (for grades 1-6) or $350 (for grades 7-8) per child.
  • Scholarships for each child are limited to two weeks of full-day camp or four weeks of half-day camp, or any equivalent. Additional camps will be charged at full price.
  • Early Drop-Off and Extended Camp will be charged at full price.
  • The REACH Sailing Camp will be considered the equivalent of a full-day, 2-week camp scholarship.

 

Application Process:

  • Apply online or in person. The partial scholarship priority consideration is January 17th, 2020. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis if scholarship funds are still available.
  • Scholarship award notifications will be sent via email by January 31st with instructions for how to register for camps when BASE Camp registration begins on February 5th.
  • Partial scholarships will be awarded to families demonstrating the greatest need.

 

Payment Information:

  • A $25 deposit per camp is required at the time of registration. Then camp prices will be adjusted to the scholarship levels to reduce final amount owed.  The final amount can be paid in two additional installments.
  • Payment online through the registration system is preferred. To make a payment of cash or check, or to set up an alternate payment plan, please contact Amy Struckmeyer, BASE Camp co-director, at astruckmeyer@opef.org.

 

If you wish to donate to the BASE Camp Scholarship Fund please visit us here. Registration for BASE Camp opens February 5th at noon.