Youth Sponsorship Program
The Ensign Class Association, in accordance with its stated goal of fostering
sailing and sailing competition, has established a program encompassing
Sponsorship and Training. The program is aimed at reducing financial burden
incurred by qualified and dedicated youth sailors attending regional, national or
international events, sailing seminars, schools or camps. The Youth Sponsorship
Program Committee shall consist of three ECA members as appointed by the
Commodore at the Annual Meeting.
Sources of Funding:
* Directed Donations to the Youth Sponsorship Program.
* Surplus from General Operating Fund as granted by action of the Board.
The funds from these sources will be recorded in the Youth Sponsorship Account
and will be disbursed only after approval by the Youth Sponsorship Program
Committee (YSPC) as directed by the Chairperson. Signatories for this account
shall be the Treasurer or the Commodore. Grants from this account cannot be
made in excess of the available account balance and will only be made to regular
and associate members of the Ensign Class Association, and their children or
Grants from $200 and up will be awarded to help defray the expenses of youth
sailors, ages 12 – 24yrs. of age, competing at regional, national and international
events, sailing seminars, schools or camps. Applications must be submitted in
writing to the ECA Youth Sponsorship Program Committee at least four weeks
prior to the regional, national or international event, sailing seminar, school or
camp. They should include the following information:
Administration of the Program:
- name, address, age and phone number for the applicant,
- brief personal background (education, profession, etc.),
- which applicant plans to attend,
- resume of past sailing and racing activities and achievements,
- summary of present activities in preparation for regional, national or international
event, seminar, school or camp,
- projected budget for participation in the regional, national or international
event, seminar, school or camp, along with summary of other sources of funding
(if any) available to applicant from sources such as yacht clubs and/or sponsors,
- letter from an ECA member,
- Optional: letters of recommendation from sailing instructors, coaches, etc.
Grants under the above provisions will not cover damage deposits.
The Youth Sponsorship Program Committee will review all applications for grants.
The amount of funding granted will be based upon the Committee’s analysis of
the qualifications of the applicant and upon monies available in any given year
for distribution through the program. Final Governing Board approval shall be
obtained by the Committee prior to grant award. A written response from the
Committee signed by the ECA Commodore will be made to each request upon
completion of consideration. Grantees will be required to submit to the YSPC
a valid registration or receipt from the regional, national or international event,
seminar, school or camp along with a report on their experience. Photos would
also be appreciated in a high-res format. Grantee gives express permission to
allow their report and photos to be published in ECA publications and on the
ECA website. An annual report of all grants (grantee, amount requested, amount
granted) awarded during the prior calendar year shall be made to the Governing
Board at the winter annual meeting.
All Applications and inquiries should be directed to:
Ensign Class Association, P.O. Box 230 La Porte, TX 77572 or