Supported by the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund

The U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund administers three specialized programs that provide financial assistance to skaters striving to reach their goals both on and off the ice.

The RISE Youth Essay Contest provides an opportunity for younger members of U.S. Figure Skating to connect with figure skating’s history and receive financial support. Applicants share their personal reflections on the movie RISE, which celebrates the history of American figure skating and documents the impact that the 1961 World Team had on both the sport and the skaters who came after them.

Eligible applicants:

  • Figure Skaters: are currently competing at the pre-preliminary, preliminary, pre-juvenile, or juvenile level or;
  • Synchronized Skaters: are currently competing at the preliminary, pre-juvenile, or juvenile level.
  • Are currently ineligible to receive Memorial Fund CSAP and/or ASP funding (i.e. eligible applicants have not yet finished sixth or higher at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the intermediate or juvenile levels).

Entries will be judged in four groups, as determined by competition level, and one grant will be awarded in each group. Awards are based on the ability of the applicant to connect with RISE and clearly and articulately respond to the prompt. Award recipients will receive a monetary grant and their essays will be published in SKATING magazine. Skaters may re-apply for this funding annually until they are no longer skating at an appropriate.

For more information about the Essay Contest, please click here. For more information about the Memorial Fund, please click here.