The Davenport Youth Summer Scholarship Program is back
DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The City of Davenport is once again hosting its Youth Summer Bursary Program, with the goal of providing opportunities for young people to enjoy summer activities. The scholarship program is designed to help young people in Davenport regain educational, social, emotional, and developmental opportunities lost throughout the pandemic.
Davenport Parks and Recreation said there is a need within the community for quality summer programs that can be accessed by everyone.
“We want to get (kids) to understand the different assets that we have, the cultures that we have available to them, and the parks and the pools,” said Theresa Hauman, Davenport’s senior director of recreation.
The Youth Summer Bursary Program is for youth in grades K-12 and supports participation in a variety of summer programs.
“The scholarship program is amazing. It is a wonderful opportunity that the council and the mayor have given us to help families, especially children, to participate in activities throughout the summer, and that is what we must come back to,” Hauman said.
Eligible agencies include the Figge Art Museum and the Putnam Museum. Initially, the scholarship program started in response to the covid-19 pandemic.
“There was an awful lot of learning loss, and only families, in general, were having a hard time. It was a way to use the funds we have in the city to help families,” Hauman said.
The scholarship program is funded by the Community Development Block Grant, a federal fund.
“[These are] federal funds that are supposed to address community issues and needs, and this is one,” Hauman said.
Hauman said approximately $200,000 will go to the scholarship program and funding is available up to $200 per week for 13 weeks. For Hauman, the goal of the scholarship program is clear.
“I would say make sure all kids have access to healthy, safe programs throughout the summer,” Hauman said,
Applicants must be residents of Davenport to apply. Hauman said there is no application deadline, but people should apply as soon as possible.
To learn more about the Summer Scholarship Program and how to download an application, click or tap here.
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