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S.A.V.E. Scholarship

What is S.A.V.E?

The S.A.V.E. (Sports, Arts, Volunteerism and Education) scholarship program provides sports opportunities to under-privileged and at-risk youth of Denver while placing an emphasis on the importance of education and community service. The goal of S.A.V.E. is to introduce disadvantaged youth to activities that would otherwise not be available to them or their families.

In 1996, the University of Denver's Department of Recreation, the McCormack Foundation, Founders Assets Management, Inc., and the Colorado Avalanche teamed up to create the S.A.V.E. program. For each save made by an Avalanche goalie, $1 was donated to the S.A.V.E. program. The McCormack Foundation matched every dollar donated by the Avalanche, which resulted in approximately $20,000 in scholarship funds.

Ice hockey and roller hockey were the first two sports to be introduced into the S.A.V.E. program. In 1998, figure skating and gymnastics were added, followed by the addition of swimming, tennis and martial arts in 1999.

Today, S.A.V.E. scholarship funds are available for all DU recreation youth programs, both competitive and recreational.

S.A.V.E. program goals

  • Receive donations from individuals and companies to ensure no child is ever denied the opportunity to participate in youth sports because of financial constraints.
  • Enhance the physical and mental development of each participant through participation in youth sports.
  • Actively coach and teach kids to participate in youth sports at a level where they feel comfortable.
  • Foster a fun and energetic atmosphere to further enhance a participant’s overall experience.

How to apply for a S.A.V.E. scholarship

Sports, Arts, Volunteerism and Education are the founding principles for this program. In order to address these values, all scholarship recipients must meet the criteria below and submit a completed application.

All applications will be reviewed by our S.A.V.E. scholarship committee. The maximum award for all S.A.V.E. scholarships is 50 percent of a program’s registration fee.

Application process:

  1. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
  2. Applications should be submitted to the program manager for which a scholarship is being requested.
  3. Applications are reviewed monthly. Applicants will be contacted with an award decision within one month of submitting a complete application.
  4. Scholarship awards are based on the financial resources of S.A.V.E. and the financial need of the applicant.
  5. Scholarships are awarded on a per program, per session basis. No scholarships will be awarded for more than a six month period. To receive continued financial support from the S.A.V.E. program, recipients must reapply for each six- month award period.

Applications should include

  • completed S.A.V.E. application (PDF)
  • copy of the last income tax statement filed by a legal parent or guardian
  • completed coach’s evaluation form (PDF); if your child currently participates in a DU program, please have the program manager or coach complete this form. If your child is not currently participating in a DU program, the form may be completed by another coach or school P.E. teacher.
  • letter of recommendation from a teacher or coach
  • copy of the child’s most recent school report card
  • annual itemized expense list

S.A.V.E. scholarship requirements

If awarded a S.A.V.E. scholarship, a participant must meet the following requirements per six-month award period:

  1. Maintain a C+ average in school. Mid-term report cards and a final report card must be submitted to the appropriate program manger within one week of issuance. Any grade below a C- will suspend the scholarship award until the grade improves. If an unsatisfactory grade is received, the child, parent and program manager will meet to discuss a timeline for when the grade must improve. If the grade does not improve by the agreed upon date, the scholarship will be revoked.
  2. Regular school attendance. Any unexcused absence may result in a scholarship probationary period.
  3. Volunteer as an aide to the program for which a scholarship is provided for a minimum of 20 hours. Hours should be scheduled with the program manager.
  4. Attend one cultural event.
  5. Portray good sportsmanlike behavior at all times while representing the University of Denver. Failure to display good sportsmanship may result in the loss of a S.A.V.E. Scholarship.

How can I donate to S.A.V.E.?

Monetary donations to the S.A.V.E. program can be made online through our online registration system or DU’s online giving site. If you would prefer to mail a donation, please send a completed donor form and payment to the following address:


S.A.V.E. Scholarship Program
Attn: Stu Halsall
2201 E. Asbury Ave.
Denver, CO 80208

All donations are tax deductible and fully support the S.A.V.E. Scholarship Program. If you would like to discuss other gift options, please contact Stu Halsall at 303-871-3058.