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Financial Aid at Rite of Passage Journeys

Scholarship opportunities, workships, financial aid, payment plans

A story from Journeys’ Former Executive Director, Darcy Ottey:  “I was a scholarship participant with Journeys, when I was 13.  I remember reading a flier about the program and thinking, “’I just have to do this!’ But it was way beyond the financial means of my family.  After Journeys helped me create a financial aid plan, I received a significant scholarship, and I babysat, cleaned houses, asked family and friends to sponsor me, and generally cobbled together the $750 not covered by the scholarship in order to make it happen.  I remember holding the money in my hands, and taking it on the first day of the program to pay the costs, and feeling so proud of what I’d accomplished, and this is before the trip even began!”

Journeys is strongly committed to making our programs available to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. However, our financial assistance as a whole is limited and is designed specifically to make our programs possible for folks with genuine need not for those who have chosen to live “poor by choice.”

We ask that, while you make this distinction, you consider if you have access to additional resources for you or your child. Do you have family members or friends that will support this endeavor? Or do you (or your child) have a special skill or gift that can be shared with your community in exchange for support?

We do not check tax forms or resources, we operate on a system of trust. So ultimately it will be up to you to decide your level of need. This process is based on an honor system and we ask that all folks considering financial aid look into their hearts and be fully honest about what they are able to do. Please note that generous donors already HEAVILY subsidize our program costs and we have a limited amount of scholarship resource - so ask yourself if you are the one who should receive this money.

Our approach to providing scholarships to help make our programs possible is unique. We will work closely with families and individuals seeking financial assistance to determine what is within their means and develop a tuition plan. Depending on the situation of the family or individual, this plan can include:

A financial “Stretch.” We recognize that people value things more if they have paid for them, and because we operate on a tight budget and want to ensure that those needing financial assistance share in the stretch. A stretch may be 75% of the cost or a small contribution – we do not provide full scholarships. We also support and suggest payment plans, where the family or individual may pay tuition over a period of months before the program completion.

Fun-Raise or offer paid service for tuition funds. Get creative! You would be surprised how pleased folks are to help out participants of meaningful programs such as ours. Youth participants in the past have raised money through pledges, babysitting, mowing lawns, etc. We find that this can be a great way to rally a whole community around what a young boy or girl is doing, investing them in the program and providing  them with a whole group of folks who are interested in the stories upon their return.

Request a scholarship award.  On average, the purely scholarship portion of the tuition cost is about half of the tuition; sometimes it will be just a small supplement. Please note that at this time we do not give full scholarships.

Please do not let finances stand in the way of a meaningful experience for you or your child. Again, we do not turn anyone away. Please communicate with us clearly about your specific needs; we cannot make this decision for you.

Download our Financial Aid Packet today and submit it to the office via mail or email right away. Our first round of Scholarship dollars for summer programs will be awarded soon after March 1st. If you would like to maximize your scholarship opportunity please return your completed packet on or before March 1st. However, we continue accepting applications until our programs are full. Please feel free to submit an application anytime, or contact us to inquire about scholarship availability.


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