Leisure Services Department Scholarships

A scholarship offers an opportunity to pay less than the full fee for a Leisure Services youth program.  Any Athens-Clarke County resident under the age of 18 is eligible to be considered for a scholarship.

Scholarship Changes - Effective July 1, 2017

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department announces important changes to its scholarship program effective July 1, 2017.  

In March, the ACC Mayor and Commission voted to modify the program that provides discounts for youth programs to qualifying ACC residents. 

Updated Scholarship Program Terms:

  • Scholarship levels are now available at 25%, 50%, and 75%. 
  • A $400 annual scholarship cap per child is now in effect. Simply put, each child may receive a combined total of $400 in scholarship funds per year.
  • Required scholarship documentation now includes a recent utility bill (last 90 days), IRS Tax Form 1040 (with children listed), and a photo ID. 
Hardship procedures are in place for those who do not have the necessary paperwork. Those individuals are required to call the ACC Leisure Services Administrative Office at 706-613-3800 to schedule an appointment in order discuss alternative options. This process may take up to two or three weeks.  The hardship procedures are in place to address the lack of necessary paperwork, not to appeal the amount of the scholarship award issued by the Department.  The amount of the award cannot be appealed.

Scholarship Vouchers
A special addition to the existing Leisure Services Scholarship Program has recently been created.  Recipients of the 75% scholarship will be awarded an additional $20 to use, one time, toward any Leisure Services scholarship eligible program(s). This one time voucher expires June 30, 2018.
This voucher has already been applied to qualifying accounts and will automatically be deducted from the patron's next transaction.  Please note that each child receives the $20 voucher.
Beginning July 1, 2018 individuals may re-apply for a scholarship, and all future 75% scholarship recipients will receive the $20 voucher.  Thank you to the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission for their support of this new initiative. 

Scholarships may be renewed or applied for at any Leisure Services Department facility office and take at least five business days to process.  All scholarships expire June 30 and must be renewed annually.  

For more information, please review the ACC Leisure Services Department Scholarship Policy or call 706-613-3800.


Parents/legal guardians must apply for an ACC Leisure Services Scholarship at least five business days prior to registering for a program. Applying for a scholarship and a program may not be done at the same time.

Please take the required documentation, to any of the following Leisure Services facility offices: Bishop Park, East Athens Community Center, East Athens Educational Dance Center, Lay Park, Lyndon House Arts Center, Memorial Park, Rocksprings Community Center and Park, or Sandy Creek Nature Center,

Parents/legal guardians may apply for scholarships at Leisure Services facility offices, but scholarship applications will not approved on site. Applicants should expect an email within five business days as to whether or not the scholarship has been approved. This email will include the amount of discount and will take the place of the previously laminated cards.

All scholarships, no matter when the initial application was processed, expire on June 30. The applicant must complete the scholarship process each year.

Scholarships do not cover admission, entrance, field trips, or rental fees. ACC Leisure Services will grant a scholarship to all those who qualify.

Staff at all facilities are available to answer questions or call 706-613-3800.

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