Play Scholarship

40,000 Kids Receive PLAY Scholarships

Columbus Recreation and Parks’ programs, camps, classes and sports offer kids much more than something to do – they help kids develop social and academic skills, provide opportunities for physical activity and serve as a safe, supportive place for kids to spend time. The Department’s goals is to make it possible for every child to participate. Many programs are low- or no-cost, however, some programs require specific training, equipment and materials to offer a safe an enriching experience, requiring a fee for these activities.

The PLAY Scholarship Fund covers some or all of the costs for fee-based activities, ensuring every child can participate, regardless of household income level. Since its inception in 1993, more than 40,000 children have received PLAY scholarships. Learn about how the scholarship benefitted this Westgate family.

PLAY Scholarships

Play Scholarship

The PLAY Scholarship Fund was created because the City of Columbus believes all kids deserve the chance to play regardless of ability to pay. Financially-challenged families with children 18 years and younger can apply for a PLAY Scholarship for any fee-based program offered through Columbus Recreation and Parks. If eligibility requirements are met, PLAY funds will assist with a portion of the cost of the program. To learn more about the PLAY Scholarship and eligibility, click here.

If you need supportClick here to apply for PLAY scholarships.

If you want to support the scholarship fund: The PLAY Scholarship Fund depends on the generosity of the community. Your donation makes it possible for kids to participate in programming. For information about donating or sponsorships, visit the Columbus Recreation and Parks Foundation.