FC Tucson Scholarship Program

No player should be denied the opportunity to play because of financial need.

OVERVIEW

FC Tucson Youth Soccer Club (FCTYSC) seeks to provide every committed player an opportunity to participate in our program. Financial assistance is allocated to families based on need.  We regret that we are only able to provide financial assistance to the neediest families.  All FCTYSC players are required to pay the club registration fee and are responsible for other miscellaneous team expenses. Scholarship assistance is provided for only one playing season (i.e. 2018-2019) at a time. Please read all instructions carefully before completing the application.

 

 CRITERIA USED FOR SELECTION OF SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:

Application & financial need based on the last year’s tax returns  

Compliance with previous FCTYSC obligations

Level of involvement of applicant in youth soccer and loyalty to FCTYSC

Level of involvement of applicant’s family (parents, siblings) in FCTYSC & the number of children in that family who are in FCTYSC programs

Level of involvement in extracurricular activities (school, community)

Attempts made by team to fund the player

Additional fundraising efforts on the player’s behalf

** Note:  All applications are evaluated without regard to gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

 

REQUIRED FORMS

1. FCTYSC Player Scholarship Application

2. FCTYSC Financial Assistance Application

3. Pima County Junior Soccer League Financial Assistance Request Form

4. 2017 Federal Income Tax Return and all related schedules, for all family members residing with the applicant and/or all guardians or family members providing financial support to the applicant. In some cases, additional documentation (e.g., other tax forms, W-2's, etc.) may also be required for FCTYSC to make a determination of the family's financial status.  

** Note:  For families with multiple children in FCTYSC, only one copy of the Federal Income Tax Return is required.

 

MAXINMOTION SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENT

The Arizona Youth Soccer Association's (AYSA) MaxInMotion scholarship program offers assistance to needy families.  This financial assistance is intended to cover a portion of the other necessary expenses associated with playing youth soccer aside from coaching fees.  

** TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A FCTYSC SCHOLARSHIP IN 2018-19, APPLICANTS MUST ALSO APPLY FOR THE MaxInMotion SCHOLARSHIP.  In 2017, applications for this scholarship became available in early June with a deadline for completed applications of July 6.  MaxInMotion requires all applicants to submit a copy of their entire previous year's tax return.  While MaxInMotion scholarship applications are completed on line, a printed copy of your tax return must be submitted to the FCTYSC Scholarship Program Coordinator by July 1, 2018.

After reviewing these documents, FCTYSC will pass them along to AYSA's scholarship coordinator.  These tax documents will be destroyed once the application process is completed. MaxInMotion scholarship awards are applied against registration fees.  Families with multiple children in FCTYSC should submit separate applications for each child.  However, only one copy of the tax return is required from families with multiple children in FCTYSC.  Notification of MaxInMotion scholarship award amounts usually comes in early September.  

**All forms must be submitted and filled out completely or your application will not be processed.

 

CONFIDENTIALITY

All information included on the applications will be held in the strictest confidence.  Only FCTYSC Scholarship Program Coordinator Charlie MacCabe and his support staff will review the applications.  

 

 SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS

The application deadline is July 1, 2018.

Applications may be emailed, mailed, or delivered in person.

Emailed applications must be submitted as PDF files.

Do not photograph your application pages and then email them in that format.   Do not attempt to fax applications.

A hard (printed) copy of your entire 2017 federal income tax return must accompany your application.  This copy of your tax return will also be used to meet the MaxInMotion Scholarship's requirement (see above).  You will also have to complete the on-line MaxInMotion Scholarship application prior to the deadline.

All mailed applications must be postmarked by July 1, 2018.  Applications received after that date will only be considered if funds remain available in the FCTYSC Scholarship Fund.

Any application received after July 1 will have a 20% reduction in the award.  

Any application received after August 1 will have a 40% reduction in the award.

Scholarship application forms are available in Spanish.

**Note: Players new to FCTYSC who join teams after July 1 will be considered for financial assistance without penalty if scholarship funds remain available.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD NOTIFICATION

All complete applications are processed in a timely fashion.  Applicants who submit all their materials by July 1, 2018 will be notified by email of their award in a letter no later than August 1, 2018.

These notifications will include a scholarship award letter that must be signed and returned to Scholarship Program Coordinator Charlie MacCabe (see below).  Once this acceptance letter is received by FCTYSC, the Club treasurer, team coach, and team treasurer will be notified of the scholarship amount awarded to that player. Scholarship awards do not go into effect until the signed award letter has been received by the scholarship coordinator.  

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF SCHOLARSHIP PLAYERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Returning FCTYSC players must be in good financial standing with FCTYSC and have demonstrated a consistently high level of commitment, responsibility, and citizenship to their team(s).  

New and returning players must complete ALL the required forms.  

All recipients have specific compliance obligations – SEE BELOW

Scholarship players are also required to participate in all team fundraisers.  

Families are required to notify the scholarship program coordinator if their financial situation changes during the playing season in a way that would have an impact on scholarship award.

Failure to meet these obligations will result in the suspension or termination of FCTYSC scholarship assistance.

 

COMPLIANCE OBLIGATIONS

1) All scholarship players or their parents/guardians must assist with the FCTYSC Fall Event or the FCTYSC Strikers Cup Tournament. For 2018-19, all scholarship players with last names beginning with M-Z will assist with the Fall Event, and those with last names beginning with A-L will assist with the Strikers Cup Tournament.  

Those families assisting with the Fall Event must contact Volunteer Coordinator Christin Linehan (christintsa@yahoo.com/520-400-5871) at least 10 day prior to that event to arrange your volunteer task.

Those families assisting with the Strikers Cup Tournament must attend a mandatory meeting approximately two weeks prior to the Tournament where you will be assigned your volunteer task.

Field marshal assistance at the Tournament is expected from ALL FCTYSC families and does NOT constitute fulfillment of scholarship compliance obligations.

  • After assisting with the Fall Event, scholarship families must return their signed compliance forms to the Fall Event staff, or Charlie MacCabe, Scholarship Program Coordinator.
  • After assisting with the Tournament, scholarship families must return their signed compliance forms to the Tournament Coordinator, or Charlie MacCabe, Scholarship Program Coordinator.
  • Blank compliance forms are distributed with the award letter.
  • Scholarship recipients who fail to return their signed compliance forms by October 15, 2018 will have their scholarship assistance suspended immediately and have any future assistance reduced by 20%.  Suspended scholarships may be reinstated, with the 20% penalty, by providing some service to FCTYSC at the discretion of the scholarship coordinator.

2) All scholarship players (U-12 and above) must assist with the Youth Academy (“Y Academy”) at least once during fall, and once during the spring of the 2017-2018 season.

OR

Players who are U-14 and above can also meet this obligation by helping with either field set up or take down at a FCTYSC recreational program play date (see #3 below).

The Y Academy is one-hour, twice-weekly program for young, inexperienced players. Scholarship players must contact Y Academy Director Becky Freeman when they attend a Y Academy session so she can record their participation. Note:  Scholarship players who attend more than one Y Academy session each season are paid $15 for each subsequent session they attend.

3) For the 2018-19 season, as an alternative to the Y Academy, scholarship players who are U-14 and above are encouraged to meet that obligation by helping with either field set up or take down during one Saturday FCTYSC recreational program play date.  These Saturday morning play dates are held at either Udall Park, or Mehl Park.  Interested players should contact Recreational Program Director James Parsons (fctucsonrec@gmail.com) by the Wednesday prior to any Saturday they wish to assist.

RESPONSIBILITY OF TEAM TREASURER TO MONITOR PAYMENT OF COACHING FEES

It is the responsibility of team treasurers to closely monitor the payment of coaching fees by all players, including those on scholarship.  Most scholarship players will still be required to pay some portion of their coaching fees each month.  Any players who are more than 30 days behind in their coaching fees should be brought to the attention of the head coach of that team immediately.  Team treasurers are strongly encouraged to establish regular communication with the scholarship families on their team. Special payment schedules are sometimes necessary for these families to meet their financial obligations to FCTYSC.  Any issues of this nature should be discussed with the team head coach as soon as they arise.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Completed forms and copies of the 2017 Federal Income Tax Return should be mailed, delivered, or emailed to the scholarship program coordinator:

Charlie MacCabe

7920 E. Birwood Rd.

Tucson, AZ  85750

Mobile: (520) 405-6535

Home: (520) 731-8115

Charliemacc2@msn.com