Financial Assistance Application


Our mission at the Y is to be a community cornerstone that puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, body and mind for all. Our Scholarship Program ensures our programs are easy, accessible and affordable for everyone regardless of financial hardships. Generous donations to the Y’s Annual Campaign make this possible. The Program is confidential and has been designed to take into account the financial situation of each individual. 


  • Applicants must be over the age of 18 and must reside within the Summerville Family YMCA service area (50 miles).
  • Assistance will not be granted to the student or senior citizen, due to the fact that they are already eligible for a reduced membership rate.
  • The Poverty Guidelines for the US Department of Health and Human Services will be used as initial eligibility criteria.
  • Financial assistance will be granted for 1 year. Recipients will be required to reapply prior to the 1 year expiration date. Memberships receiving a scholarship discount will be terminated without renewal.
  • Members who are receiving a membership scholarship will be required to workout at a YMCA facility at least 8 times per month.
  • It is our feeling that a strong sense of ownership will be developed if the scholarship recipient contributes to the cost of the YMCA involvement. Therefore, recipients will be asked to pay a joining fee of $25 and a portion of their monthly membership dues upon activating membership. A maximum scholarship of 50% will be awarded.
  • Once a scholarship has been granted, the agreed upon monthly payment must be made on time or the scholarship status may be re-evaluated.

How to Apply

Complete the scholarship assistance application below and attach the necessary photocopies and request letter. Financial assistance will be determined based upon a thorough review of your application and may take up to two weeks. You will be contacted by telephone regarding your application status. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 843.871.9622 ext103 or [email protected]

Required Documents

Please be sure you have all the required documents prior to submitting your scholarship application. 

  • A copy of your most recent income tax statement. (If you do not file federal income taxes, please call 1-800-829-3676 for a verification letter.
  • Two most recent paycheck stubs or letter from your employer verifying your employment and stating your annual salary. If you are unemployed, draw social security or a full-time student, please provide a summary of your unemployment benefits, SSI paperwork, or financial aid benefits and student schedule.
  • A copy of a letter verifying your family is on the free or reduced lunch program.
  • A letter describing why you feel your family would benefit from financial assistance.