Scholarship Program


The City offers recreation scholarships to make recreation programs more affordable to low and moderate income Olathe residents.


Scholarships are based on annual income utilizing the 150% level of 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines. 


Approval into the program allows you to register for eligible activities at a cost of 50% of the program fee. Most activities, including summer outdoor pool memberships are eligible for the scholarship discount.

  • Some programs are not eligible for the scholarship discount.
  • Olathe Community Center Memberships are not eligible for the scholarship discount.

Contact the scholarship coordinator at 913-971-8658 with any questions regarding activity eligibility.

Adaptive Recreation

Approved applicants pay 75% of the program fee for Special Olympics State competitions.  Each participant is allowed one discounted Special Olympics State competition per calendar year while funding is available.

Application Process 

An application with income documentation must be submitted to the scholarship coordinator. Ensure the application is complete, signed & dated, and includes all required income documents that apply to you:

  • 2015 Federal Income Tax Return
  • Child support verification
  • Welfare assistance/alimony
  • Social Security Administration current benefit letter
  • Any Dependent(s) not listed on the income tax return require a copy of the child’s birth certificate or social security card
  • If you received insufficient income to file a tax return, you must submit a notarized “I Certify” form 

Applications can be turned in at the Olathe Community Center front desk, City Hall (8-5 pm Mon-Fri), or faxed to 913-971-8690. 


  • Scholarship applications are processed within 5-7 working days.
  • Plan ahead. Your scholarship must be approved before registering for an activity at the discounted rate- no holds on classes or refunds on fees.
  • The City notifies applicants if their application is approved or not approved by US mail.
  • You must re-apply for the scholarship program each calendar year. All approved scholarships are effective through December 31st.