Since 1885, Springfield College has had a unique relationship with the YMCA movement. Originally known as the “International YMCA Training School,” the College was established to train young men to become YMCA leaders. The School of Human Services of Springfield College continues to build upon this historic tie with the YMCA by expanding opportunities for professional education and training for YMCA personnel, men and women alike. Through the Executive Master’s Program of the School of Human Services, Springfield College provides educational opportunities to transform careers in leadership for service to humanity.
The YMCA Matching Scholarship Program of the School of Human Services has been established to assist local Y's in the retention and recruitment of current and future staff. Through the scholarship, students in the School of Human Services can more easily access graduate education. When local YMCAs provide a Springfield College student with financial assistance toward tuition, the College will match that tuition assistance up to $5000 per academic year, per branch of an association.
Applying for Scholarship Funds:
To apply for the YMCA Matching Scholarship Program, the CEO of the local YMCA must complete the application form, and mail to the School of Human Services at Springfield College. It is recommended that students also complete federal financial aid assistance forms.
Awarding of Scholarship Funds:
Priority for awards is given to students who have a contractual agreement to continue to work at the YMCA upon completion of their degree. Award letters will be sent to both the student and the sponsoring YMCA. Upon receipt of the YMCA's corporate check, the School of Human Services will release matching scholarship funds into the student's tuition account. Continued participation in the scholarship program is assessed on an annual basis through re-application. New applications are due one month before the start of the respective residencies.
Please note: Awarding of YMCA Matching Scholarship Funds does not preclude the student from receiving other financial assistance, if eligible. However, larger awards may impact a student's financial aid package.