Stronghold Kids & Teens Scholarship Program Application (2018-2019)
Since 2008, The Stronghold has taken pride in having of one of the best Kids Jiu Jitsu Programs in San Diego. Many Stronghold youth have excelled greatly both on and off the mat. We attribute this to our focus of strengthening community among our coaches, parents and students. In 2011, The Stronghold received a grant to start a program for underprivileged youth, and The Stronghold Kids Scholarship Program was born. We will be awarding kids with yearly Scholarships as they become available. While we would love to be able to provide sponsorships to all applicants, we do request that the child meets the following criteria for eligibility:

1) Financial Hardship: Our program is focused for youth who wouldn’t otherwise be able to pay for Jiu Jitsu lessons. Financial hardship includes, but not limited to: (Low income, Parent Unemployment, Parent Disability)

2) Academics: Student must be between the ages of 6-17 attending a public, private or home school and have legal US status.

3) Commitment/Dedication/Attitude: The child is crime and drug-free, the child is driven, has a desire to learn, is willing to succeed in the art of Jiu Jitsu, and can readily listen to instruction and execute tasks. We request that participate in at least 2 classes a week. The child is respectful to others including coaches and fellow students and exhibits good behavior on a consistent basis.

4) Support Group: The child has a committed support group that will be able to transport them to and from classes 2-3 times a week. The tronghold does not provide transportation to any students at this time. We also stress the importance of parents or guardians to watch their students during class. We have observed that the best students are those who have active parent/guardian involvement.

There are 3 phases to the application process:
1) Written Application: Applicant will fill out an application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
2) Group Class Participation: Applicant will participate in a group intro class in order to assess how well they will do with group/team participation and responding to the coaches.
3) Individual Interview: Applicant and family will be interviewed by our coaches.

All information during application process will remain private and confidential. Thank you for your interest!

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Scholarship Info:
We will be opening registration for our Stronghold Kids and Teens Scholarship Program for the 2018-2019 school year. Please share the online application with any families you may know! We will be accepting 18 students for this year. Scholarship includes: 1-Year of Jiu Jitsu classes, Uniform (Gi), Student Starter Package and 1 Tournament Registration. If you or someone you may know would like to sponsor our program, please have them contact Raquel Cusi at 858.722.0942.
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Parents/Guardians Info (Please include name, e-mail address and phone numbers) *
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Please list below any special family situations that might be relevant to success in this scholarship program: *
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Apart from financial considerations, how could this program benefit your child's future? Please include your goals, aspirations and hopes for your child's future.
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For immediate support, please text Raquel Cusi at 858.722.0942.
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