Sailing School Scholarships

Summer Sailing Scholarships for Children

Three Scholarships available, open to children aged 9-17.

Application Deadline is May 31. Apply Today!

The American Yacht Club is the center for learn-to-sail programs in Newburyport. We have been providing children the opportunity to learn this skill for many many years. You will learn both sailing skills and boating safety from Certified professional instructors in weeklong morning or afternoon classes.

For 2019 the American Yacht Club will offer three new scholarships to children who may otherwise not be able to afford these programs. The scholarships are The American Yacht Club Scholarship and two Morse Scholarships. Both have been made possible by the late Morse.

Requirements for Participation in the Program

Each student is encouraged to bring their own U.S.C.G. approved life jacket/personal flotation device (PFD).  A student wearing their own PFD will ensure the best fit and comfort. However, if needed, students will be provided with one of the club’s U.S.C.G. approved life jackets.

In addition, students are required to submit completed forms prior to attending a program. These cannot be waived for any reason.

The Forms:

About the Scholarships

Each scholarship covers the full cost of a single morning or afternoon Child Sailing School Program for one student. The selected students must meet all criteria for admittance, including the requisite forms submitted prior to the selected program.

Program selection dates will be limited to open programs throughout our program season which runs from June 24 through August 23. Some weeks do fill up early so the sooner you apply, the sooner you may have the choice of the week.


To apply for either scholarship, you must fill out a simple application downloadable for the individual scholarship pages. Use Adobe Acrobat to fill it out. Your browser will not work. The applications are identical so it does not matter which one you use.

The application will require the following:

  • Student Name
  • Student Age (Date of Birth)
  • Parent Name
  • Parent or Guardian Address
  • Parent or Guardian Contact Info (phone and email)
  • Short essay of 250 words or less

Morse Scholarship Info

AYC Scholarship Info

One available

Applicable to
Morning or Afternoon program
Any available week

Two available

Applicable to
Morning or Afternoon program
Any available week