BYA Camp Scholarship

BYA Kid & Teen Camps 2024

I. Objective:

To promote the participation of youth in the community for youth with outstanding academic performance and overall community engagement and contribution or children from families with low-income and/or financial hardship with a willingness to learn new practices of mindfulness, self-compassion, and S.E.L skills.
II. Available Scholarships:
  1. First-time Camper: (5) full Camp Scholarships of $450 are offered to qualified high school students who have not had any exposure to practice S.E.L. skills or attended a mindful-leadership camp to join the BYA Teen Self-Leadership Camp for the first time.
  2. Outstanding Engaged Youth: there will also be (3) five full scholarships up to $450 and (5) half scholarships up to $250 to qualified outstanding young friends who are actively engaged in community activities and wish to attend BYA Summer Camps 2023 to learn and practice these wonderful soft skills.
  3. Financial Aid Option: Youth from qualified low-income families or families with financial hardship may also apply for financial assitance to help with their camp fees for both Cool Kid Camp and Teen Camp.

II. Eligibilities:

For First-time Campers:

  1. Students entering or in high schools in the U.S., having community engagement activities is a plus
  2. Have not had exposure to practice S.E.L. skills or attended a mindful-leadership camp at BYA
  3. Able to complete a short piece about what inspires you to learn more about social-emotional learning and/or mindfulness.

For Outstanding Engaged Mindful Youth:

  1. Applicants must be students in high schools whose GPA is 3.5 or above for the school year of 2022-2023 or 2023-2024; or students with outstanding report card for elementary or middle schools.
  2. Able to obtain a recommendation letter from a teacher, community leader, work supervisor, or spiritual leader about the student's contribution to the school's or community's volunteer activities.
  3. Parents may also submit a letter to describe your child's mindfulness practice effort.

For Financial Aid Option:

  1. Applicants must be from a family with qualified low-income documents or experiencing financial hardship to apply.
  2. Must make a minimum contribution of $50 for the camp fees.
  3. Must apply by June 30, 2024.

III. Steps to Apply:

  1. REGISTER ONLINE to reserve your spot and select options to applying for scholarships or financial aid.
  2. Pay $50 scholarship application fee for each applicant. This fee is to show your intention and commitment to have your children to attend the BYA Summer Camps.  It will be returned to you if your child is not awarded with the scholarships or within 14 days after attending the camp.  If your child is awarded with the scholarship and choose not to attend the camp, then the fee will not be refunded.
  3. Upload/email after registration any required documents or low-income verification documents listed below at the bottom of this page.


DEADLINE:  June 30, 2024 for Scholarships and Financial Aid.

For more information please contact

Bodhi Youth of America

931-BYA-CAMP or 931-292-2267
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List of verification and/or letters that may be uploaded during registration:

- Ensure to write in all documents below to include Camper's Name, Age, Camp Type.

- Submit an unofficial copy of the transcript for GPA verification (not required for children under 12).

- Submit a family low-income verification document (for children 12 & under only) such as a Government or Utility Provider’s qualified low-income approval letter, Unemployment letter, or a Letter to Request full camp financial assistance from a Parent due to temporary financial hardship.

- A letter of recommendation from your teacher, community leader, work-study supervisor, or spiritual leader (for teens 13-17 only).

- An optional personal essay on why you would like to attend BYA Leadership Camp and what you expect to learn from the camp experience (for teens 13-17 only).

- A letter from parents to describe the mindfulness practice of your child at home or in the comunity.