Thinking of giving roller derby a try?

Worried about the cost?

We have a solution for you!

The Ithaca League of Women’s Rollers was awarded a grant from The Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund to help make it possible for YOU to join us! ILWR is proud to announce we have two financial aid scholarships available for two new adult skaters for the 2014-2015 season!

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply. Skater’s interest and well as financial need will be considered when evaluating applications. Two (2) skaters will receive $1250 each to help offset the cost of joining ILWR. See our recruitment and training page for more info about joining.

Low income, people of color, queer and gender non-conforming individuals are encouraged to apply. Deadline for submissions is November 10th, 2014. Please email for more information.

>>Download an application

We look forward to hearing from you!

Have more questions? See our FAQ below.

  • What funds are available?

    Participation Dues: 600 Travel related: 100 Gear: 550 Total: 1250

  • How many people will be awarded the scholarship?


  • Who is Eligible?

    Any female-identified persons 18 years or older committed to joining the Ithaca League of Women Rollers as an active skater and league member. No previous experience required; a one-year commitment to the sport and league is required. Low-income, people of color, queer/non-confirming individuals are strongly encouraged to apply!


    The commitment includes:

    • Attending two to three practices a week

    • Active committee participation and fulfillment of associated duties required of all league members

    • Opportunity to assist with sponsorship, marketing and fundraising if interested (business development)

  • How will the money be awarded (aka will I have to pay for derby expenses up-front)?

    Nope! The finance committee will work with you to purchase your gear directly, so you will not incur up-front expenses. Travel money will be dispensed on a bi-monthly basis directly to you to help offset gas/general travel costs. Participation dues will be administered by the finance committee as well.

  • What happens if I’m unable to fulfill my scholarship commitments? (I have to leave mid-year for example)

    If you have already received roller derby gear/equipment on behalf of the scholarship and you are no longer able to attend practices and carry-out committee responsibilities, your gear must be returned for to the ILWR for future use. If you ARE able to actively participate for the full year, the gear and equipment is yours to keep! Additionally, no further travel reimbursements will be dispensed once you have stopped fulfilling your scholarship commitments.

  • Will people know I received the scholarship?

    It’s entirely up to you. Let us know what you’re most comfortable with and we’re happy to uphold that request (we can keep it anonymous if you prefer).

  • When will scholarship recipients be notified?

    On November 14, 2014.

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