Apply for the Scholarship
If you're a young person ages 12-17 residing in Waukesha or know someone who fits this description, this scholarship is a life-changing opportunity. It offers a one-year membership to the Waukesha YMCA, from January 1 - December 31, 2024.
Eligibility: To qualify, applicants must be between 12-17 years of age and residents of the city or village of Waukesha.
Nominate or Apply: You can either nominate a deserving candidate or apply directly. Nominations can be made by community representatives, teachers, guidance counselors, or coaches with parent consent.
Application Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2023, is the final day to apply. Please ensure your submission is received via the online application, sent by email to email@example.com, or postmarked no later than December 1, 2023, if you choose to mail a paper form.
For detailed application instructions and requirements, please refer to the Application Form.
Bob Lombardi: Honoring a Lifelong Commitment to Empower Youth
Born and raised in Waukesha, Bob Lombardi graduated from Waukesha High School in 1954. At the age of seven, amidst financial hardships common to many families in Waukesha's Italian neighborhoods, Bob received a youth membership to the YMCA. He fondly remembers the support he received from then YMCA Executive Director, Earl Lockman, and the Y itself. In his own words, the Y "kept me off the streets."
This early connection to the YMCA ignited a lifelong commitment. Over his remarkable 81 years of membership, Bob not only volunteered extensively but also actively engaged with the community. He participated in the Indian Guides program with his three sons: David, Greg, and Jim. Furthermore, Bob lent his expertise as a coach in various YMCA programs, from baseball to basketball and elementary swim competitions.
Bob considered it a priority to invest in YMCA memberships for his loved ones and others in the community. He found immense satisfaction in contributing to the Annual Support Campaign and the Youth Membership Fund each year. To him, it was a way of paying it forward, echoing the generosity that had once touched his life. He shared, "I always felt that somebody sponsored me, and if I had extra money, I felt I should give it to a kid who needs it now. That's just the way I feel."
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