Colorado Blue Wave Martial Arts -- Scholarship Programs

As one way to fulfil it's purpose Coloroado Blue Wave Martial Arts (COBWAMA) offers scholarships for students of it's classes to reduce COBWAMA class tuition or test fees. We already have pricing that is quite affordable for families and in addition have discounts for families with multiple members in classes. Our Scholarships are in memory of 3rd Degree Black Belt and one of COBWAMA's founding members Mr. David Curtis. Mr Curtis beleived in the principle of giving people a helping hand when they need it, and worked hard at keeping classes affordable for students. An instructors hard work deserves monetary awards -- but David eschewed payment and was often difficult to convince that we should pay for things as small as his uniform or seminar fees. He also liked the idea of COBWAMA being a non-profit organization which meant we would be tilted toward keeping classes affordable rather than paying instructors, and he remained a volunteer instructor for his entire tenure with COBWAMA.

Information on Scholarship Programs

  1. Black Belt Grants -- for directors/students/instructors testing to Black Belt ranks in Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Kwan Schools (TCS) of 1st Degree or higher.
  2. COBWAMA Scholarships -- for all COBWAMA students for tuition to take COBWAMA classes.
  3. COBWAMA Instructor Christmas Gifts -- for COBWAMA students (NOT related to directors/instructors)
  4. COBWAMA Seminar Help -- for all COBWAMA students
  5. Policies -- for all programs.
  6. Application deadlines -- for the COBWAMA Scholarships.
  7. Contributions -- contributing to the Scholarship program.

David Curtis Memorial Black Belt Grants:

David Curtis Memorial Black belt grants are given to help pay for a portion of black belt test fees (of 1st degree black belt or higher) to TCS (Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Kwan Schools).

Criteria:

  • Black belt candidates involved with COBWAMA as a student/instructor for at least 2 years.
  • Candidates pledge to remain involved with COBWAMA for at least one additional year.
  • Recipients unable to fulfill this pledge are asked to refund the grant.
  • Grants may cover up to 30% of the TCS testing fee.
  • For instructors, the board will consider this as compensation.
  • Recipients shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion and political affiliation.
  • Student must submit a fully completed application form within two months of their black belt test.
  • Reimbursement will take place after student successfully completes the test and will be made either directly to TCS as part of their test fee or to the student.

Number of times given:

Once per year. Board determines an amount, not to exceed 20% of net receipts, to be set aside for this purpose from COBWAMA general fund.

Conflict of interest:

Scholarship selection will be subject to the COBWAMA Conflict of Interest policy. The conflict of interest policy is available as part of the COBWAMA ByLaws.

Black Belt Grant Application

Black Belt Grant Application Form

David Curtis Memorial COBWAMA Scholarships

David Curtis Memorial Scholarships are given to students of COBWAMA classes to reduce or eliminate COBWAMA student tuition.

Scholarships are either for Fall Scholarships which cover Fall and Winter class terms (Fall I, Fall II, and Winter for Family classes), or for Spring Scholarships which cover Spring and Summer terms (Spring I, Spring II and Summer for Family classes). Applications made part way into an award only cover the remaining terms of the award (i.e. if a student applies for a Fall Scholarship for Winter term -- the scholarship only applies to Winter term, they will need to apply for a Spring Scholarship to cover Spring and Summer terms). Students (or their parents for minors) must submit fully completed application forms to be considered for scholarships. The COBWAMA board will determine the exact date when awards are made. The duration of a scholarship is only until the next scholarship award, but may be renewed at the next scholarship cycle.

Scholarship funds are not given directly to students, but are retained to pay for students' COBWAMA class tuition.

Criteria:

Applicants for scholarships must be a current or potential student of COBWAMA classes and meet the following criteria:

  • Financial need, drug/alcohol rehabilitation (AND involved in a 12-step program), OR criminal assault victim.
  • For children 17 and younger: Good standing with academic school attending (as determined by student's teacher, or have a valid High School diploma or GED).
  • Must disclose if they are a director, instructor, significant donor, or selection committee member or a related party of same, where a related party means a spouse, a descendant, an ancestor, a sibling, the spouse or descendant of a sibling. If they are such a person -- COBWAMA conflict of interest policies must be followed to ensure that such persons do NOT get unfair service. The related party on the selection committe will NOT be allowed to vote or participate in the selection process in this case.

Recipients shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion and political affiliation.  Recipients must agree to follow COBWAMA school and class rules and regulations, and promise to provide 6 hours of service to COBWAMA or to some other service venue by the time of the next scholarship award.  Children 17 and younger must agree to do a good job at respecting, honoring and obeying their parents/guardians (as determined by the parents/guardians).

Related parties who do not disclose the relationship will have their scholarships revoked and be required to return scholarship funds. Scholarship recipients who do not uphold their agreements may be put on probation for future scholarships.  False information provided on application forms will automatically remove a student from the scholarship program.

Conflict of interest:

Scholarship selection will be subject to the COBWAMA Conflict of Interest policy. The conflict of interest policy is available as part of the COBWAMA ByLaws.

Scholarship Application

David Curtis Memorial Seminar Scholarships

David Curtis Memorial Seminar Scholarships are given to students of COBWAMA classes to reduce or eliminate COBWAMA student seminar fees for a specific seminar (COBWAMA seminar or TCS seminar that COBWAMA is participating in).

Normally applications for seminar help are due about 6 weeks before a given seminar. Specific deadlines are normally posted on the web-site or with seminar information materials. Students must submit fully completed application forms by the deadline in order to be considered for the scholarship.

Scholarship funds are not given directly to students, but are retained to pay for students' Seminar fees (or paid directly to TCS for TCS seminars).

Criteria:

Applicants for scholarships must be a current student of COBWAMA classes and meet the following criteria:

  • Attest that they need help in order to be able to afford the seminar.
  • Not be a director, instructor, significant donor, or selection committee member or a related party of same, where a related party means a spouse, a descendant, an ancestor, a sibling, the spouse or descendant of a sibling. (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ADULT CHAPERONES NEEDED TO HELP MANAGE CHILDREN AT EVENTS -- which can be from this group).

Recipients shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion and political affiliation.  Recipients must agree to follow COBWAMA school and class rules and regulations and any rules or regulations set out for the seminar attending. They also agree to help out at the seminar and work hard.

Related parties who do not disclose the relationship will have their scholarships revoked and be required to return scholarship funds. Scholarship recipients who do not uphold their agreements may be put on probation for future scholarships.  False information provided on application forms will automatically remove a student from the scholarship program.

COBWAMA Instructor Christmas Gift Program

The Christmas Gift Program is to give Christmas gifts of Certificates for COBWAMA classes or martial arts equipment (such as uniforms) to students that have some need. These students are nominated by either COBWAMA instructors or students. That need can be a financial need, or due to a death or tragedy in the family.

Nominations for the Christmas Gift Program can be made by any COBWAMA instructor, student or parent. They should be made before the deadline posted on the web-site which is normally December 20th.

Certificates are not redeemable for cash, only for COBWAMA classes.

Criteria:

Nominees for scholarships must be a current or potential student of COBWAMA classes and meet the following criteria:

  • Be nominated by COBWAMA instructors or students, because of need in the family.
  • Not be a director, instructor, significant donor, or selection committee member or a related party of same, where a related party means a spouse, a descendant, an ancestor, a sibling, the spouse or descendant of a sibling.

Recipients shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion and political affiliation.

Related parties who do not disclose the relationship will have their scholarships revoked and be required to return scholarship funds.

Policies for all programs

ByLaws take precedence

Guidelines outlined in COBWAMA ByLaws -- takes precedence.

Selection committee

The COBWAMA board will either create a committee for the purpose of selecting scholarship recipients or act as that committee itself. The same committee will select both Black Belt Grant recipients and scholarship recipients. Information on the board and selection committee is available on the org page.

Determination of number of scholarships

COBWAMA will maintain a separate account to keep track of scholarship funds.  The COBWAMA board will determine the number of scholarships based on available funds.

The COBWAMA board can from time to time elect to match funds donated to the scholarship fund, up to 10% of the class tuition received for a given period.  The scholarship fund may also receive a percentage of funds raised.

Case histories

The COBWAMA Head-Instructor will keep a case-history of the scholarship/grant receipients with their original application, as well as the amount of the reward(s). The case-history will also include any relationships to COBWAMA board members. If possible the applications declined will also be kept -- but demographic information (race and gender) of all applicants will be maintained. The case history will be maintained for a minimum of three years. This case history will be kept private -- although demographic type information and the number of scholarships awarded may be made public. The COBWAMA board also needs to monitor the scholarship selection process and ensure the receipients are selected in a non-discriminatory basis.

Award announcements -- names are private

The COBWAMA Head-Instructor will announce awards to conidates privately. The Head-Instructor will also announce the number of awards (but NOT the names or amounts) to the COBWAMA classes verbally and via email. Demographic information (race and gender of applicants and receipients) will be provided on request in a timely manner to anyone who asks. A running total of numbers and amounts may also be put on the web-site.

Application Deadlines for the Scholarship Programs

  • Fall deadline normally: two weeks before the term student wishes to be on scholarship.
  • Winter deadline normally: two weeks before the term student wishes to be on scholarship.
  • Seminar help normally: 6 weeks before seminar
  • Christmas gifts normally: December 20th
  • Current calendar of events: to see the start/end dates for the different terms.

Contributing to the Scholarship Program

Thank you for considering donating to the David Curtis Scholarship Fund. We appreciate any donation amounts that you are able to give. Donations go directly to the fund and pay dollar for dollar to reducing or paying for tuition of students in need. Contributions to the Scholarship program go into the COBWAMA Scholarship tuition fund. Funds for Black Belt grants are kept seperate.

To donate to our scholarship fund online go to the COBWAMA donation page. Or donate with the button below. We very much appreciate your support!

Contributions can also be sent in by check and written out to COBWAMA. Contributions will be assumed to go to the David Curtis Memorial Scholarship Tuition Fund unless otherwise specified. Checks can then be mailed to:

COBWAMA
PO 2507
Longmont, CO 80502-2507

We are currently in the process of filing with the IRS and once we receive formal status with the IRS as a non-profit your contributions will be fully deductible with the IRS. Again we thank you for considering a donation with us.



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