Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance for YIG Programs

We believe every student should experience YIG programs, regardless of family income. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we are able to offer scholarships to students who need a little extra help. In addition to the options listed below, many delegations offer scholarships and financing options as well; contact your local delegation director for more information.

Scholarships are awarded to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are not able to apply online, please contact you delegation director for next steps.


Applying is easy and confidential

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Please Note: Once you have been granted a scholarship, your award amount remains valid for the remainder of your time participating in all programming facilitated by the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.

If you would like to contribute to YIG and make it possible for more scholarships to be awarded, please navigate to our "Give" page.

Note: If you or your delegate qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch at school, please contact your Delegation Director for the paper scholarship application. You can submit it back to your delegation director, with proof of Free & Reduced Lunch status, as you automatically qualify for 50% scholarship, so long as funds are available. 

Memorial Scholarships (Model Assembly Only)

Two scholarship awards have been established by generous donors for the purpose of recognizing and encouraging youth leaders in the Youth in Government Model Assembly Session.  

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Beth was a Model Assembly participant during her 8th, 9th and 10th grade years.  Through YIG, Beth discovered a love for government.  She was known for having high values and a strong commitment to her faith.  She was a person of honesty and integrity who led by example through hard work and determination, while always maintaining a great sense of humor.  Beth passed away at the young age of 17 but her love for children and her commitment to supporting the underdog will live on in YIG participants for years to come.  

Chase participated in Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government programs throughout high school – in both Model Assembly and Model United Nations.  Chase’s passion for law was ignited through YIG, which was the reason he decided to pursue law as a career path.  Chase was known to vocally defend and stand against injustice.  He was hard-working, clever, outwardly focused, determined, caring and deliberate.  In April, 2016, Chase was killed by a disgruntled client while on-the-job at a criminal defense firm.  His outgoing personality has made a significant impact on others, which continues through this award.