General Scholarship Fund

A key part of SSP’s mission has always been to make our programs accessible to anyone who wants to take part. We are committed to ensuring the inclusion of all people and reducing financial barriers. One way we live this out is through our scholarship fund for participants!

In 2019, SSP awarded over $80,000 in scholarships to almost 500 participants in need (over 30% of the summer’s volunteers). We hope to continue providing substantial scholarships for youth with financial need to participate in our programs.

“Sierra Service Project was a great experience because I met a lot of teens from different places, helped others, and had fun learning about God and Jesus. [Participating in] SSP on a scholarship made it more affordable for my family. Thank you very much; it made a big difference in my life.”

Donations from generous family foundations that support low-income teens have allowed us to increase our overall scholarship funds. SSP has plentiful funds available for scholarship awards in 2022, with focus on particular geographies across the Western United States. We hope these funds will allow for even more volunteers to participate in the SSP experience.

Regional Scholarships Available

Groups or individuals from specific regions throughout the Western United States can also take advantage of our region-based scholarships! We are grateful for our generous donors who invest in teenagers’ futures.

  • Central Valley District Scholarship

    • Serves: All volunteers from Central Valley District churches in the California-Nevada United Methodist Conference
    • Donor: Central Valley District Union
    • Amount available: At the discretion of the Central Valley District
    • How to apply: The application process takes place directly through the District Union. Contact Mark.Wharff@cnumc.org to apply.
  • Halle Scholarship

    • Serves: Low-income youth from the state of Arizona
    • Donor: Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation
    • Amount available: $10,000
    • How to apply: Via SSP’s scholarship application (see button below)
  • Lowell Berry Scholarship

    • Serves: Youth from California’s Alameda and Contra-Costa counties
    • Donor: Lowell Berry Foundation
    • Amount available: $3,000
    • How to apply: Via SSP’s scholarship application (see button below)
  • LITFF Scholarship

    • Serves: Ethnically diverse youth volunteers from West District churches in the California-Pacific United Methodist Conference
    • Donor: Living Into the Future Foundation (LITFF)
    • Amount available: $2,105
    • How to apply: Via SSP’s scholarship application (see button below)

How to Apply:

Scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and we will offer awards as funds are available. Scholarships for our summer program are awarded beginning February 1, leading up to the summer as funds are available.

If you represent a volunteer group, complete the Group Scholarship Application to explain your group’s needs. Anyone signed up as an individual volunteer (not connected to a group) is also invited to apply, using the Individual Scholarship Application.

Contact the SSP office with any questions!

(For liaisons to complete on behalf of a registered group)

(For participants registered as individuals, not as part of a group)

Want to Support SSP’s Scholarship Program?

Our scholarship program relies on the generosity of supporters who believe in the value of the SSP experience. To continue making this experience accessible to youth from all backgrounds, consider becoming a donor!